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Oregon Whitewater Association Trip Reports and River Safety

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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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Guide to the Gulkana River by Vance Cordell For those of you who may someday get a chance to visit Alaska and want to make a memorable float trip, the Gulkana River may be a good river of choice. Parts of the Gulkana River are classified as one of the country's "Wild and Scenic Rivers", and it is accessible by Alaska's limited road system. As you might expect, it is a beautiful river with gr…

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The Lower Salmon in Spring of 2001 by Ed Aristo Water started at 9,000 cfs and went to about 14,000. Perfect Level for the Lower Salmon. We launched on Thursday evening at 5PM, the wind picked up a mile down stream and we made it down to Woodruff Gulch, five miles. Set up camp with a nice windbreak and had dinner just before dark. Rained most of the night with a strong wind. Quit about 4 AM…

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2000 Metolius River

Oct 21, 2000

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Blast on the Metolius by Dave Summers Twenty OWA boaters got together over the weekend of October 21st to run the Metolius River on Saturday. We had a real colorful flotilla including 1 raft, 10 cats, 2 IK’s, 3 hardshell kayaks and a canoe. Having this many people turn out to do a club trip was amazing in light of the huge turnout last weekend on the Santiam run and pot luck. I’v…

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Salmonberry Seven

Mar 08, 1997

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I was going to run the Wilson river Saturday, March 8, 1997 but Scott Harvey called up and with great enthusiasm and fabrcation sold me on joining him on a trip down the Salmonberry river.  He had conned Bert Campbell, Charlie Escola, and kayaker Mark Yauney into running the river.  Since Scott hasn't cornered the market on how to make enemies, I invited Katharine Lykins and my brother R…

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