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Difficulty II
Length 33.7 Miles
Flow Range 1000 - 5000 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 17 hours ago 2770 [CFS] ℹ️
Reach Info Last Updated 04/04/2010 1:48 am

River Description

This reach is better known for its fishing and jetboating than whitewater recreation but you can run all the way to the Pacific Ocean. Roads parallel the river offering several different access points.

Looking at the topo maps, you'll find a plethora of named features, almost all of which are simply 'riffles' -- gravel bars and shoals. While this reach is certainly scenic, passing through some fine canyon areas, at only 5 fpm gradient, the whitewater will most certainly be found awfully tame compared to other sections of this river.

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Date Flow Result Factor  
2012-07-19 Medium Fatality Other Read More
2008-06-01 High Fatality High Water Read More



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Oregon Waterway Access Bill Set to Become Law

Priscilla Macy

This week, Oregon House Bill 2835 re-passed the Oregon House on a 52-7 vote. Having earlier cleared the Senate, the bill now awaits a signature from the Governor to be signed into law. For decades, opportunities to protect and improve the ability of the public to access and legally use waterways for recreation have seen minimal progress, while efforts to severely limit access have been a consistent threat. Oregon House Bill 2835 is a pivotal piece of legislation in Oregon, and the first proactive waterway access bill in recent history to have made it through the state legislature.

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BLM and USFS Issue 20 Year Protection for Kalmiopsis Rivers! (CA/OR)

Megan Hooker

On January 12, 2017, the BLM and Forest Service announced a 20-year halt to new mining activities in the watersheds of the North Fork Smith, Illinois, Pistol River and Hunter Creek in Oregon. American Whitewater celebrates this important milestone with the conservation and recreation partners that we've worked with, and thanks Representatives DeFazio and Huffman and Senators Wyden and Merkley for their dedication to protecting this place. And we thank YOU too for standing up for these wild rivers!


Thomas O'Keefe


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1195703 07/27/09 Thomas O'Keefe
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1197492 04/04/10 Rob Fix abstract, update length.