Sandy River - Dodge to Oxbow

February 26, 2011 at 8:00 AM

Sandy River

Date:  2-26-2011

Put In:  Dodge Park

Take Out: Oxbow Park

River Level:  1430 CFS, 9.15 feet per NOAA Webiste Sandy/Bull Run gage

Weather:  Very Cold, ice formed on Oars and Oar locks, slushy ice in sheltered eddies

Rating:  Class I-II per my own observations

Run time:  Approximately 2 hours on the water at this river level

River Conditions:   At this level there are a lot sub surface rocks to avoid and or get hung up on.  Careful route picking is key to staying afloat.  This is a great run for beginners to learn how to spot and avoid subsurface rocks and how to get off of rocks once you are stuck.

Hazards:  No Significant issues to report.

The number of pine trees in the water just prior to the takeout has increased over last year, maybe 10 trees which creates 3-4 channels to choose from,  except the very first one on river left, all are passable with no issues.    Heavy bank erosion continues in this area and is observable from Oxbow park camp ground, which is probably where the trees have come from.   Prior attempts by the park to anchor dead fall trees along the bank have all but failed with only 1 still being tied up. 

Why do this run?  Its fairly scenic given how close it is to Portland.  The Icicles in winter and ice caped river rocks are pretty and it can be fun to play in the rock gardens.

Boats suitable:   We ran empty NRS 15’ and 16’ round boats.  Would not suggest taking a heavy load as you’ll spend a lot of time getting off rocks.  Cats would be well suited for this stretch at this water level.

Tags: Sandy River Dodge Park Oxbow Park
Category: Trip Report

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