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Hells Canyon Shuttle, Inc
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Oxbow, OR

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Drift Creek Kayak & Canoe Touring on the Alsea River

Drift Creek Info
Use this information at your own risk. See our legal notices.
Put In:  Meadow Creek
Take Out:  Lower Bridge
Difficulty:  Class II , Class III , Portage
Gradient:  23 fpm
Run Length:  17 miles
Current Streamflow:  3870 cfs @ 12/14/2016 10:00 AM - ALSEA RIVER NEAR TIDEWATER, OR, reading taken from USGS
Good Level:  700 cfs
Streamflow Comments:  There is no gauge for this run. If the Alsea at Tidewater gauge says 5.5 feet or higher and the Siletz River Gauge says 5.3 feet there should be enough water to run this creek.
Season Comments:  January, February, March, October, November, December
Primary Season:  Rainy
Permit:  None
Character/Similar To:  Very remote scenic creek that floats through old growth forests.
Hazards:  Because this run is very remote begginer boaters should not attempt this section. Expect to portage atleast a couple of times.
Water Craft:  kayak,wwcan
Land Ownership:  Forest
Wilderness:  Yes
Location:  In the Pacific Region (OR), 95.5 miles (2 hours 12 minutes) Southwest of Salem
Shuttle Logistics: 

Take Out: In Walport on US 101 on the north end of Alsea Bay turn east onto Bayview Road. Continue on this road for 4 miles and turn left onto Drift Creek Road. Follow Drift Creek Road until you get to the intersection with Route 51 continue down Drift Creek Road until you reach the fork. At the fork take May Road to the take out bridge. Bring maps for both take out and put in vehicles.

Put In: From the take out return to the intersection with Route 51. Follow Route 51 for 6.7 miles until you reach Route 50, stay right on Route 50 and follow for .1 miles. Then turn left onto Route 50 and continue for 6.5 miles to Route 31. Take a right onto Route 31 and follow that for 4.5 miles. Route 31 will fork to the left at Lynn Creek, continue straight and follow Meadow Creek for one mile to the confluence with Drift Creek and put in here. Bring updated maps to find the put in and take out.

Drift Creek on the Alsea River
Drift Creek is continuous class II whitewater with a one class III ledge near mile 11. This run is very remote and very long. It travels through a deep secluded canyon with a history of logging. Always look for wood on the way down and get ready to portage an old log bridge that crashed into the river about half way through the run. The last 5 miles of this run is flat water through some farmlands.

Last Edited by doldfield on 3/24/2010

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