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Keno Dam to John C. Boyle Reservoir Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing Trip on the Klamath River

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Keno Dam to John C. Boyle Reservoir Info
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Put In:  Keno
Take Out:  John C. Boyle Reservoir
Difficulty:  Class III +
Gradient:  50 fpm
Run Length:  6-7 miles
Current Streamflow:  417 cfs @ 12/14/2016 09:45 AM - KLAMATH RIVER AT KENO, OR, reading taken from USGS
Good Level:  2000 cfs
Streamflow Comments: 
Season Comments:  January, February, March, April, May, October, November, December
Primary Season: 

Rainy, only runs after a few days of heavy rain

Permit:  None presently required
Character/Similar To:  Pool drop class III rapids, many rapids back to back and then long stretch of flatwater
Hazards:  Rapids just before the take out should be scouted. The canyon is very remote.
Water Craft:  kayak,wwcan,raft
Land Ownership:  Some Private
Wilderness:  No
Location:  In the Pacific Region (OR), of
Shuttle Logistics: 

Put In: From Highway 97 in Klamath Falls turn on to Oregon 66 west to Keno. After you cross the river make an angled left turn before the overpass and take the very next left. Continue to a stop sign and go left. Stop at a convenient place to put in below the dam.

Take Out: Continue west on Oregon 66 for another few miles until you cross the Klamath. Take out at the roadside rest area.

Keno Dam to John C. Boyle Reservoir on the Klamath River

This is a great run because it has a large amount of pool drop rapids in a short distance. Also it is easily accessible to paddlers from the surrounding communities. Immediately below the dam is one of the best rapids on the run. In the first rapid there is a handful of on the fly play spots that make a great warm up. Once you get into the canyon you can expect fun class III+ pool drop rapids, at higher flows these rapids look big and scary but they don’t get anymore difficult.

This section should only be run by solid class IV boaters because the canyon is very remote and hiking out is not an option. Scouting this run is possible but very difficult. If you do choose to scout watch out for rattle snakes under every rock.

Last Edited by josho on 4/19/2011

Towns near Keno Dam to John C. Boyle Reservoir Kayaking

Ashland Oregon
Bend Oregon
Gold hill Oregon
Grants Pass Oregon
Klamath Falls Oregon
La Pine Oregon
Medford Oregon
Merlin Oregon
Oakridge Oregon
Roseburg Oregon
Sunriver Oregon

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