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North Fork, Idleyld Park to Winchester Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing Trip on the Umpqua River

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North Fork, Idleyld Park to Winchester Info
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Put In:  Idleyld Park
Take Out:  Winchester
Difficulty:  Class II + , Class III
Gradient:  12 ft/mi
Run Length:  25 miles
Current Streamflow:  7500 cfs @ 12/14/2016 10:30 AM - NORTH UMPQUA RIVER AT WINCHESTER, OR, reading taken from USGS
Good Level:  1,500 to 3,000 cfs
Streamflow Comments: 
Season Comments:  January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December
Primary Season: 
Permit:  None presently required
Character/Similar To:  A very pleasant paddle with Class II+ pool and drop rapids through colorful,rolling pastureland.
Hazards:  Colliding Rivers, Whistler Falls, and Dixon Falls are considered class III-
Water Craft:  kayak,wwcan,raft
Land Ownership:  Mixed
Wilderness:  No
Location:  In the Pacific Region (OR), 150 miles South of Salem
Shuttle Logistics: 

Put-in: Just below The Narrows and the west end of the town of Idleyld Park.

Take-out: From Winchester, OR, located on US Hwy 99, head east on Page Road which follows the south side of the Umpqua to the boat ramp about 1 mile upstream.

North Fork, Idleyld Park to Winchester on the Umpqua River

This section of river is great for open boaters and beginner kayakers. Most of this stretch is considered class II with long pools in between, but there are a few class III- rapids worth mentioning.

Mile 5(Colliding Rivers Rapid): Here the river has a head on collision with Little River causing a sharp right turn. While you are making the turn through this rapid keep in mind that there are a few large boulders that constrict the river into a smaller channel.

Mile 11(Whistler Park Falls): This is a class III- drop with many turbulent channels.

Mile 15(Dixon Falls): Take the right channel around the island and paddle straight through to the bottom.

When you reach the reservoir caused by Winchester Dam look for a small boat ramp on river left and take out here.

Last Edited by josho on 5/2/2011

Towns near North Fork, Idleyld Park to Winchester Kayaking

Ashland Oregon
Bend Oregon
Eugene Oregon
Glide Oregon
Gold hill Oregon
Grants Pass Oregon
Idleyld Park Oregon
Klamath Falls Oregon
La Pine Oregon
Medford Oregon
Merlin Oregon
Oakridge Oregon
Prospect Oregon
Roseburg Oregon
Sisters Oregon
Sunriver Oregon

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