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North Fork, Boulder Flat to Horseshoe Bend Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing Trip on the Umpqua River

IK running Bathtub Rapid at 1300 cfs
Karl & Joann Koenig running Bathtub Rapid at 1300 cfs Entrance to Pinball Rapid at 1300 cfs Rafting past Old Man Rock

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North Fork, Boulder Flat to Horseshoe Bend Info
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Put In:  Boulder Flat Campground
Take Out:  Horseshoe Bend Campground
Difficulty:  Class II , Class III
Gradient:  39 ft/mi
Run Length:  7 miles
Current Streamflow:  1740 cfs @ 12/14/2016 09:45 AM - N UMPQUA RIVER ABV COPELAND CK NR TOKETEE FALLS,OR, reading taken from USGS
Good Level:  800 to 2,500 cfs
Streamflow Comments: 
Season Comments:  January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December
Primary Season: 

Late spring early summer flows create a few good play spots.

Permit:  None presently required.
Character/Similar To:  Technical water through forested canyons.
Hazards:  Cold water and possible log hazards.
Water Craft:  kayak,wwcan,raft
Land Ownership:  National Forest and BLM, some private
Wilderness:  No
Camping on River:  Developed campsites along the river.
Location:  In the Pacific Region (OR), 182 miles South of Salem
Shuttle Logistics: 

Put-in: Located on Oregon Hwy 138 about 50 miles east of the town of Roseburg.

Take-out: Horseshoe Bend Campground is also located on Oregon Hwy 138 near mile marker 46.2

North Fork, Boulder Flat to Horseshoe Bend on the Umpqua River

The section of whitewater between Boulder Flat and Horseshoe Bend has something to offer paddlers of all abilities. For the beginner paddler there are many class II/III rapids that are great for building a good skill base. For the intermediate and advanced boaters there are a few great play spots of this run.

While floating this section you will notice an abundance of strong eddy lines great for stern squirts and cartwheels. Also a few waves with great eddy service that are good for flat spinning and front surfing. A few miles into the run keep an eye high on the river right bank for a large rock formation. This is a marker for one of the best play spots on the run. River right has a long calm eddy that leads you perfectly into a smooth hole good for everything from cartwheels to phonix monkeys.

The most significant rapid on this run comes after you float underneath the second bridge. There is a ledge that crosses most of the river. At higher flows this ledge can be run in many different spots, at lower flows take the right side line down a turbulent chute. Take out is just around the corner on river right.

Before you run this section check for signs about log hazards at the take out and put it.

For a longer day link this stretch with the Horseshoe Bend to Steamboat Section.

Last Edited by josho on 5/2/2011

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Ashland Oregon
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Medford Oregon
Merlin Oregon
Oakridge Oregon
Prospect Oregon
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