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Oregon Whitewater Association Trip Reports and River Safety

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Trip Report: NWRA/OWA on the Umpqua River April 16-18, 2010 • Submitted by Walt Bammann Sunburns, bloated stomachs and 25 boats on the river say it all – the first lower-North Umpqua OWA/NWRA outing was a huge success! Last fall while looking for a family-friendly outing, Brenda Bunce suggested a joint trip on the lower North Umpqua River with the Umpqua Chapter of the NWRA. The25-mil…

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2010 Tax Relief Float

Apr 10, 2010

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Trip Report: Tax Relief Float 2010 Lower Deschutes, April 10, 2010 • Submitted by Tom Hanson The annual Tax Relief Float was held on Saturday, April 10th at our usual venue, the float between Harpham Flat and Sandy Beach on the Deschutes. This is a great stretch of water with three Class IV rapids and a number of roller coasters. April is also a good month for this float since the summer cr…

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By Carol Beatty Very minimal river traffic, only one afternoon of wind and a small sprinkle of rain Sunday morning contributed to a perfect river trip on the Lower Deschutes March 19-21. The boy was six year old Carson Ogren, son of Scott Ogren; Brenda Bunce brought her border collie, Lucy. The other boaters for the weekend were Dave Summers, Cary Solberg, Carol Beatty, Don Jacklin, Brian Albers…

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By Ernie Eichhorn We did it again – another successful President’s Day float down the Rogue River. We had nine kayakers, 25 rafters and one brave soul in an inflatable kayak. The group consisted of members from OKCC and OWA plus a few folks wanting to join. Most of us spent Friday night at Galice Lodge. We enjoyed great company and a warm fire. We awoke to Marylou’s coffee and …

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By Vance Cordell On October 24th five rafts, three kayaks, three IKs and twenty-two members of the OWA floated the North Santiam River from Packsaddle County Park to Fisherman’s Bend. We met at Fisherman Bend and then proceeded to Mill City to scout the falls and see first hand the tree that had lodged at the top. The small tree pretty much cut off going over the falls on the left hand side…

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Veteran's Day Rogue River Trip, 2009 by Scott Ogren In all, twenty four hearty souls shoved off from the Graves Creek boat ramp on an overcast Saturday morning in early November. Although the weather report had said to expect rain, we were all openly hoping for the weather to turn out to be a little better than the weather people had forecasted, we mostly didn’t care what the weather w…

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The Deschutes River | September 5 - 7, 2009 by Scott Ogren In total, nineteen people shoved off from the boat ramp at Trout Creek on the Deschutes River on the Saturday morning of Labor Day weekend.  The kids ranged in ages from six to sixteen and all had a great time.  The biggest thing on everyone’s mind after we left was would we get the “good spot” at Whiskey …

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Middle Fork Salmon in July, 2009 by Brenda Bunce So how does one have the best river trip ever? It starts out with having well-organized and experienced trip leaders. Carol Beatty and Don Jacklin have clearly run a river or two and knew just how to organize the camp chores and facilitate the cook teams. Our crew was full of gourmet chefs and entertainers throughout the trip. We were 13 peop…

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The John Day River from Service Creek to Clarno is one of the best floats for kids there is in our area; and that’s exactly what we had.  On our trip we had six kids from ages five to fifteen – with three eight year old girls.  Along with the six kids were eight adults to make sure the kid fun was maximized.  The water was mellow, the flow was good and the kids were gre…

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2009 Grand Ronde River

May 08, 2009

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GRAND RONDE Minam to Heller Bar on the Snake, 91 miles May 8-10, 2009 Flow: 13,800 at put in; about 11,000 at take out Shuttle: Boggan’s Oasis; rate depends on the number of vehicles per group.  We paid $100 each. 9 people, 7 boats Usually, the flow is between 4,000-8,000 when we’ve done this trip in the past.  Overall, there was great benefit to the high flow: we avera…

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Submitted by Eric Ball LOWER DESCHUTES Buckhollow to Heritage Landing, 43 miles May 2-4, 2009 Flow: Approximately 4,700cfs Shuttle: Deschutes River Shuttles, $70 per vehicle 9 people, 6 boats, 1 dog When we shoved the boats into the water, a loud bubbling sound was evident from one of the craft, necessitating an on-scene repair.  Rather than further delay the group, 4 of the 6 boats la…

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2007 Yakima River

Sep 24, 2007

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The Yakima River| September 24, 2007 by Vance Cordell Ken Thompson and I floated a thirteen mile section of the Yakima River on September 24, 2007.  We floated what is called the “lower canyon”, specifically between Big Horn and Big Pines Campgrounds.  The water flow on this particular day was approximately 1,100 cfs as measured at the Lmunuma or Umtanum Creek gauge.&nb…

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Trip Report—North Fork Clearwater River, May 25, 2007 As a prelude to the Memorial Day Steve Herring Lochsa River Celebration, seven boats and boaters floated the remote North Fork of the Clearwater river, from roughly 2 miles above Irish Railroad rapids to the Aquarius camp area.  River flow was around 6,500 cfs (Canyon Ranger station gauge). From the Three Rivers Resort at Lowell, I…

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2006 Powder River

Jul 29, 2006

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PADDLIN’ THE POWDER By Tom Riggs Sore and tired from riding the dirt bike trails in the Unity and Elkhorn Crest areas the boys, Kyle 19, and Brian 17,and I decided to grab a respite from the 100 degree heat the last week of July.  We had ridden the motorcycles to the North fork of the Burnt river (yeah, it is in Oregon) only to find what could scarcely be called a creek.  Back at…

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Lower Salmon River Trip Report Hammer Creek to Heller Bar (Snake River) “A Lot of Bang for the Buck” July 1-4, 2006 Flow (Whitebird) 17,000 cfs at put in; 14,000 by take out day This is a great river trip at high flow, unjustly overlooked in my opinion.  We had good, fun waves, great sandy beach camping, good scenery, and a fast float.  The best part is that there is no …

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