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Steamboat Creek Whitewater Kayaking Trip on the Umpqua River

Steamboat Creek Info
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Put In:  Steamboat Falls
Take Out:  Canton Creek Campground
Difficulty:  Class IV , Class V
Gradient:  40 fpm
Run Length:  6 miles
Current Streamflow:  1500 cfs @ 12/14/2016 09:30 AM - STEAMBOAT CREEK NEAR GLIDE, OR, reading taken from USGS
Good Level:  600-2,500 cfs
Streamflow Comments:  Low flow for this creek is about 3.7 ft.
Season Comments:  January, February, March, April, October, November, December
Primary Season:  Rainy season and snowmelt
Permit:  None
Hazards:  Above 5 feet portaging around the class V rapids becomes very difficult. Always scout for wood.
Water Craft:  kayak,wwcan,raft
Land Ownership:  Forest
Wilderness:  Yes
Camping on River:  In designated campgrounds
Location:  In the Pacific Region (OR), of
Shuttle Logistics: 

Take Out: From Oregon 138 turn north onto Forest Route 38, follow this road until you reach the take out at Canton Creek Campground.

Put In: From the take out, continue down the road another 5.5 miles and put in where the road is near the creek.

Steamboat Creek on the Umpqua River
When running Steamboat Creek put in just below Steamboat Falls, this waterfall can be run but is very dangerous because of the rebar at the bottom. The first mile of the run is fun class II with some good play; it is a great warm up for the rapids below. After about a mile you will get to your first class 4 rapid. Shortly after the first class IV is a class V rapid that should be scouted and can be portaged on the river right bank. Below this, the creek calms down to class II/III with an occasional class IV-. At the end of the run you will arrive at Little Steamboat Falls. This is a fun class IV drop that is a great way to end your day on the river.

Last Edited by doldfield on 1/4/2010

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