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Tributary - Drift Creek Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing Trip on the Siletz River

Tributary - Drift Creek Info
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Put In:  North Creek
Take Out:  Covered Bridge
Difficulty:  Class III , Class IV Technical , Portage
Gradient:  31 fpm (95 fpm in some places)
Run Length:  8 miles
Current Streamflow:  2900 cfs @ 12/14/2016 10:30 AM - SILETZ RIVER AT SILETZ, OR, reading taken from USGS
Good Level:  400 cfs (5.1 feet on the Siletz at Siletz Gauge)
Streamflow Comments:  This section only runs after a few days of heavy rain. There is no gauge for this creek, if the Siletz River at Siletz gauge reads 5.1 feet expect about 400 cfs in Drift Creek.
Season Comments:  January, February, March, April, October, November, December
Primary Season:  Rainy
Permit:  None Presently Required
Character/Similar To:  This creek is surrounded by tall canyon walls, in some spots expect narrow gorges with sheer cliff walls. The rapids are technical and tight, some drops may only be boat width. Mostly pool drop rapids with great scenery.
Hazards:  Logjams are always a problem on this creek. Scout every drop very carefully. There will be mandatory portages, portaging in the gorges can be very difficult. Although the average gradient for this creek is only 31 fpm, in some spots the gradient reaches 95 fpm. This run is very isolated and hiking out is very difficult, in some places it may be impossible.
Water Craft:  kayak,wwcan
Land Ownership:  The last mile of this creek is mixed with private and public property.
Wilderness:  Yes, the first 7 miles of this run are very isolated.
Location:  In the Pacific Region (OR), 64 miles (1 hour 40 minutes) West of Salem
Shuttle Logistics: 

Take Out: From US 101, a couple miles south of Lincoln City, turn west onto S Drift Creek Road. In about 1 mile turn right at the “T” intersection. Follow this road past the fork to the left, take out is in a small park near the river.

Put In: From the take out return and take the fork to the left. Drive down USFS 19 for about 8 miles, staying right whenever there is the option. There will be signs leading to Drift Creek Camp, just before reaching Drift Creek Camp turn off to the right towards North Creek Campground. Pull off the road near the confluence of North Creek and Drift Creek, put in below the confluence.

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