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Turner Bridge to Glen Avon Bridge(Three Bears Run) Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing Trip on the Mollala River

Turner Bridge to Glen Avon Bridge(Three Bears Run) Info
Use this information at your own risk. See our legal notices.
Put In:  Turner Bridge
Take Out:  Glen Avon Bridge
Difficulty:  Class III Technical , Class IV
Gradient:  55 fpm
Run Length:  8 miles
Current Streamflow:  1770 cfs @ 12/14/2016 10:00 AM - MOLALLA RIVER NEAR CANBY, OR, reading taken from USGS
Good Level:  600 - 1,000 cfs
Streamflow Comments:  1,000 cfs on the Molalla near Canby Gauge means that this upper section should be at the minimum flow of 600 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 gradient and pool drop rapids through a forested canyon.
Hazards:  Scout Papa Bear, Mama Bear, and Baby Bear for wood. Also scout the undercut at the bottom of Goldilocks.
Water Craft:  kayak,wwcan,raft
Land Ownership:  Public forest
Location:  In the Pacific Region (OR), of
Shuttle Logistics: 

Take Out: From the town of Molalla take Oregon 211 east and take the first right towards Feyrer Park. Continue past the park and cross the river and then take a right onto Dickey Prairie Road. Follow this road through Dickey Prairie and over the North Fork Molalla. When you reach the Glen Avon Bridge continue past it for .2 miles. Take out is where the road reaches river level.

Put In: From the take out drive back to Glen Avon Bridge, cross the river and continue upriver for about 9 miles to Turner Bridge. Cross over Turner Bridge and continue a little further to a roadside pull out on the right.

Turner Bridge to Glen Avon Bridge(Three Bears Run) on the Mollala River

Mile 1(Papa Bear Rapid): Papa Bear Rapid is the first class IV rapid on the run. This drop is straight forward. Avoiding the undercut on the bottom right is a fairly easy move.

Mile 2(Mama Bear Rapid): Mama Bear Rapid is a very powerful boulder garden that leads into a small gorge. This is the most difficult rapid on the run. Below this there is a short pool and time to enjoy the scenery.

Mile 3(Baby Bear Rapid): Baby Bear rapid is a fast powerful drop consisting of three small ledge drops in quick succession.

Below Baby Bear rapid there are about 4 miles of class II/III read and run.

Mile 7(Goldilocks Rapid): Goldilocks Rapid is the most dangerous rapid on the run. Run right or left of the island and beware of the undercut waiting down below. Scout this drop from the river.

After Goldilocks Rapid there is one more drop called Porridge Bowl which is easier then the rest of the named rapids. Take out is shortly after on river right.

Last Edited by doldfield on 3/25/2010

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