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Canton Creek Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing Trip on the Umpqua River

Canton Creek Info
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Put In:  Upper Canton Creek
Take Out:  Steamboat Creek
Difficulty:  Class III , Class IV , Class V
Gradient:  93 fpm
Run Length:  8 miles
Current Streamflow:  1500 cfs @ 12/14/2016 09:30 AM - STEAMBOAT CREEK NEAR GLIDE, OR, reading taken from USGS
Good Level:  300 - 2,000 cfs
Streamflow Comments:  Becuase there is no gauge for Canton Creek you can only guess when it is running. If the Steamboat Creek Gauge is at 1.3 to 5 feet then its probably safe to say Canton is running. Also, if the North Umpqua at Copeland Creek reads 5 feet and the Steamboat Creek Gauge reads 2 feet Canton should be runnable.
Season Comments:  January, February, March, April, October, November, December
Primary Season:  Rainy season
Permit:  None
Hazards:  Always scout for wood. Scout 25ft, near vertical drop on shuttle drive.
Water Craft:  kayak,wwcan,raft
Land Ownership:  Forest, Clear cut
Wilderness:  Yes
Camping on River:  In designated campsites
Location:  In the Pacific Region (OR), of
Shuttle Logistics: 

Take Out: From Oregon 138 turn north onto Forest Route 38, follow this road until you reach the take out at Canton Creek Campground.

Put In: From Forest Route 38 turn onto Canton Creek Road and continue for 9 miles until you reach the confluence of Pass Creek with Canton Creek.

Canton Creek on the Umpqua River
Canton is a great creek for the Beginner creek boater. It is mostly continuous class III+/IV, but it offers a couple of portages and a fun class V waterfall. Because this run is deep in logging area always scout for wood. When you arrive at the 25 foot drop you can scout from either bank, it can also be scouted during the shuttle, scouting from river left is best because that is the easy side to portage on. If you want to sneak the drop but still take a fast plunge into the pool below then run this drop on the left. All the lines here have been run.

Last Edited by doldfield on 1/4/2010

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