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Spruce Run Cnty Park to Nehalem Falls Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing Trip on the Nehalem River

Spruce Run Cnty Park to Nehalem Falls Info
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Put In:  Spruce Run County Park
Take Out:  Nehalem Falls
Difficulty:  Class III
Gradient:  16 fpm
Run Length:  14 miles
Current Streamflow:  8870 cfs @ 12/14/2016 10:00 AM - NEHALEM RIVER NEAR FOSS, OR, reading taken from USGS
Good Level:  2,000 - 8,000 cfs
Season Comments:  January, February, March, April, October, November, December
Primary Season:  Rainy, this section only runs after a few days of heavy rain
Permit:  None presently required
Character/Similar To:  Continuous class III through coastal forests
Hazards:  Scout Salmonberry Drop and Nehalem Falls. This river often contains wood.
Water Craft:  kayak,wwcan,canoe
Wilderness:  yes
Location:  In the Pacific Region (OR), of
Shuttle Logistics: 

Put In: From Portland travel west on US 26 until you reach the Nehalem River. Turn south onto Lower Nehalem Road and follow the river until you reach Spruce Run County Park, the put in.

Take Out: Continue down river on Lower Nehalem Road for 14 miles until you reach the take out at Nehalem Falls Campground.

Spruce Run Cnty Park to Nehalem Falls on the Nehalem River

For a mile below the put in you can expect a very straightforward class I/II warm up before the first class II+ Rapid.

Mile 1(Little Falls): Little Falls is a small river wide ledge. Miles 1-7: Below Little Falls the action slows down. This section of the run consists of mostly fast moving water with an occasional class II riffle.

Mile 8(Salmonberry Drop): Shortly after the Salmonberry River enters the Nehalem is Salmonberry Drop. This drop can be scouted or portaged on river right.

After Salmonberry Drop expect a few more fun class III rapids in the next 7 miles. When you arrive at the take out you have the option of running the final drop called Nehalem Falls.

Last Edited by doldfield on 3/25/2010

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