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Hells Canyon Shuttle, Inc
Located in:
Oxbow, OR

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Tumalo Creek Kayak & Canoe
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Bend, OR

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Grand Ronde to Sheridan Kayak & Canoe Touring on the South Fork Yamhill River

Grand Ronde to Sheridan Info
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Put In:  Grand Ronde
Take Out:  Sheridan
Difficulty:  Class II , Class III Technical, Pool Drop
Gradient:  10 fpm
Run Length:  15 miles
Current Streamflow:  5530 cfs @ 12/14/2016 10:00 AM - SOUTH YAMHILL RIVER AT MCMINNVILLE, OR, reading taken from USGS
Good Level:  700 - 3,000 cfs
Season Comments:  January, February, March, April, October, November, December
Primary Season:  This river usually only runs during the rainy season after a few days of heavy rain.
Permit:  None Presently Required
Character/Similar To:  This river runs slowly through the Willamette Valley, and consists of class II/III rapids with long calm pools in between. The surrounding area is mostly flat but wooded. For a beginner kayaker or an open boater there are a large amount of fun play spots.
Hazards:  The Ledge rapid at mile 10 is a potentially dangerous spot for novice boaters. Scouting is difficult because of the steep banks and some parts of the ledge drop create nasty hydraulics. Scouting is possible from the river left bank just upriver of the sawmill. There are two chutes that are easily run, the chute about 1/3 of the way across the river from the right, and the chute on the far river left. Other hazards are the abundance of willows growing in the current.
Water Craft:  kayak,wwcan
Land Ownership:  Mixed public and private
Wilderness:  No
Location:  In the Pacific Region (OR), 32 miles (53 minutes) West of Salem
Shuttle Logistics: 

Take Out: From McMinnville take OR 18 west for 10 miles. The take out is one block up river of the highway bridge.

Put In: From the take out return to OR 18 and continue west for 11 miles. Put in underneath the OR 18 bridge just east of the town of Grande Ronde.

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