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Confluence of N. Fork & S. Fork to Little S. Fork Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing Trip on the Kilchis River

Confluence of N. Fork & S. Fork to Little S. Fork Info
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Put In:  Confluence of N. Fork & S. Fork
Take Out:  Little S. Fork
Difficulty:  Class II + , Class III
Gradient:  45 fpm
Run Length:  6.5 miles
Current Streamflow:  2360 cfs @ 12/14/2016 10:30 AM - WILSON RIVER NEAR TILLAMOOK, OR, reading taken from USGS
Good Level:  300 - 1,000 cfs
Streamflow Comments:  When the Wilson River guage reads over 5 Feet usually this run will have enough water. Or if the Wilson River is to high this is a great alternative.
Season Comments:  January, February, March, April, May, October, November, December
Primary Season:  Rainy, this section of river only runs after a few days of heavy rain
Permit:  None presently required
Character/Similar To:  Clear green water through a narrow forested canyon. Few signs of civilization, many scenic waterfalls falling from the canyon walls
Hazards:  The ledge drop at mile 5 should be scouted.
Water Craft:  kayak,wwcan,raft
Land Ownership:  Forest
Wilderness:  Yes
Location:  In the Pacific Region (OR), of
Shuttle Logistics: 

Take Out: From Tilamook take US 101 north and turn right onto Kilchis River Road. Drive down this road about 3 miles and cross over the river. Continue for about another 2 miles until you reach the confluence with the Little South Fork Kilchis River. Take out is just up river of the confluence.

Put In: From the take out continue up river for 6.5 miles. Take a small road to the left towards the river. To put in you have to rope your boat down a steep hill to the river.

Confluence of N. Fork & S. Fork to Little S. Fork on the Kilchis River
The Kilchis River is a great run for the intermediate boater. There is continuous class II white water with a few class III ledges that deserve a scout. All of the class III ledges have obvious lines but should be scouted for wood. At about mile 5 there is a small ledge drop that looks easy but has a surprise wave at the bottom that often flips unwary boaters. Scout this drop. After the last class III the river calms to fast moving class I+/II until you reach the take out. At higher flows the lines down each rapid stay the same but can be very pushy.

Last Edited by doldfield on 3/25/2010

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