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Lower Bridge to Lake Billy Chinook Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing Trip on the Metolius River

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Lower Bridge to Lake Billy Chinook Info
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Put In:  Lower Bridge (Bridge 99)
Take Out:  Monty Campground
Difficulty:  Class III
Gradient:  45 ft/mi
Run Length:  17 miles
Current Streamflow:  1360 cfs @ 12/14/2016 10:00 AM - METOLIUS RIVER NEAR GRANDVIEW, OR, reading taken from USGS
Flow Information (phone):  Spring-fed; almost always running 1,100-2,500 cfs.
Good Level:  1,000 - 2,500 cfs
Streamflow Comments: 
Season Comments:  January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December
Primary Season: 
Permit:  None required.
Character/Similar To:  Spring-fed river in a relatively shallow forested canyon with both continuous and pool-drop class III.
Hazards:  Log hazards, cold water.
Water Craft:  kayak,wwcan,raft
Land Ownership:  Warm Springs Indian Reservation on the left shore and National Forest on the right shore.
Wilderness:  No
Camping on River:  Campgrounds along the river. Camping and any shore use are not permitted on the Warm Springs Indian Reservation.
Location:  In the Pacific Region (OR), 180 miles Southeast of Portland
Area Name:  Pacific West
Shuttle Logistics: 

Put In: Between Santiam Pass and the town of Sisters on US Highway 20 turn north onto the Metolius/Camp Sherman Road and drive for about 2.5 miles then bear right at the intersection. Proceed for about 10 miles on USFS Road 14 (paved) to Lower Bridge Campground and put in on the right bridge where the road crosses the river at Lower Bridge.

Take Out: From Lower Bridge drive back upstream on USFS Road 14 for about 1/2 a mile and turn left onto USFS Road 1490 and continue to the top of Green Ridge. After about 6 miles head east (left) on USFS Road 1140 (Prarie Farm Road). Continue on this main dirt road which eventually becomes USFS Road 1180 and then eventually changes again to USFS Road 1170. USFS Road 1170 ends at a "T" intersection with a paved road, Route 64. Turn left and continue approximately 7 miles to Monty Campground. Scout the take-out so you're able to recognize it from the river.

Lower Bridge to Lake Billy Chinook on the Metolius River

Last Edited by josho on 4/26/2011

Towns near Lower Bridge to Lake Billy Chinook Kayaking

Bend Oregon
Camp Sherman Oregon
Eugene Oregon
Madras Oregon
Prineville Oregon
Redmond Oregon
Sisters Oregon
Sunriver Oregon

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