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South Fork Alsea River Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing Trip on the Alsea River

South Fork Alsea River Info
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Put In:  Hubert McBee Memorial Park
Take Out:  Rock Quarry Weir
Difficulty:  Class II , Class III
Gradient:  45 fpm
Run Length:  6 miles
Current Streamflow:  3870 cfs @ 12/14/2016 10:00 AM - ALSEA RIVER NEAR TIDEWATER, OR, reading taken from USGS
Good Level:  400 - 1,000 cfs
Season Comments:  January, February, March, April, October, November, December
Primary Season:  Rainy season
Permit:  None presently required
Character/Similar To:  Narrow stream running through scenic coniferous forests. Some areas have visible clear cuts and logging roads, other then that this run has a very remote feeling.
Hazards:  Watch out for wood. Must take out at Rock Quarry Weir, do not paddle below this point because there are large pieces of concrete with exposed rebar across the width of the river.
Water Craft:  kayak,wwcan
Land Ownership:  Forest and logged areas.
Wilderness:  Yes
Location:  In the Pacific Region (OR), of
Shuttle Logistics: 

Take Out: On Oregon 34 from the town of Alsea turn south onto Alsea-Deadwood Highway. Continue down this road for 1 mile and turn left onto South Fork Road to Alsea Falls. In another couple of miles look for an old Weir crossing the river, take out is in the pool above.

Put In: From the take out continue down the road until you reach the put in at Hubert McBee Memorial Park.

South Fork Alsea River on the Alsea River

This section of river starts off as class II pool drop for the first couple of miles. Once you have reached the third bridge passing over the river get ready for the first class III rapid around the corner. This rapid is about .5 miles long. At low water it is very technical and at high water chutes are formed creating a fun twisty rapid. The last 2 miles of the run flatten out, but there are three small sloping ledges that make a great end to this run.

Always scout this run for wood. Because the surrounding area is heavily logged, new wood always appears in the river.

Last Edited by doldfield on 3/24/2010

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