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North Fork, Steamboat to Cable Crossing Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing Trip on the Umpqua River

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North Fork, Steamboat to Cable Crossing Info
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Put In:  Steamboat
Take Out:  Cable Crossing
Difficulty:  Class III , Class IV
Gradient:  21 ft/mi
Run Length:  16 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:  1,500 to 3,000 cfs
Streamflow Comments: 

The actual flow for this run could be considerably higher than the copeland gauge. However, it won't be as high as the winchester gauge. To get a more accurate flow reading, add the flow for Steamboat Creek.

Season Comments:  January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December
Primary Season: 
Permit:  None presently required.
Character/Similar To:  Class III rapids with one Class IV, seperated by long pools of water. Big water but generally less technical than the upstream runs.
Hazards:  Cold water and possible log hazards. Rock Creek Falls and The Narrows located below the take-out.
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), 170 miles South of Salem
Shuttle Logistics: 

Put-in: Located just below Island Campground and about 1.5 miles above Steamboat on Oregon Hwy 138.

Take-out: Poorly marked access located on the right bank just upstream from Rock Creek Falls, about 1.5 miles downstream from Richard Baker Wayside County Park.

North Fork, Steamboat to Cable Crossing on the Umpqua River

Like the upper sections of the North Umpqua this stretch has a pool drop character. This lower section is much less technical but contains some of the largest rapids on the river.

One of the first rapids on the run is located at Steamboat Inn. The left channel is a shallow rocky rapid, while the right channel is a waterfall that can be run at some water levels. If scouting this rapid stay out of the Steamboat Inn.

Six miles below the Steamboat Inn is the Wright Creek Bridge, this is a marker for the rapid that comes in .2 miles. Bathtub Rapids is the first named rapid on this stretch. At lower water pull off and scout this rapid.

After a few more miles of pool drop class III you encounter the next named rapid. Look for a tall cliff on river left as a marker for Island Rapids. Run Island Rapids down the right channel. Another few miles of read and run will lead you to Sleeper Rapid. Go around the sweeping corner and avoid a sticky hole, or at lower flows a large rock, at the bottom.

For a shorter day take out at Susan Creek State Park. If a five foot waterfall sounds fun, then continue paddling through 4 miles of flat water to Little Niagara Falls located at Richard G. Baker County Park.

Take out at Cable Crossing above Rock Creek Falls.

Last Edited by josho on 5/2/2011

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