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Hells Canyon Shuttle, Inc
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Oxbow, OR

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Upper Sandy - McNeil Campground to ZigZag Whitewater Kayaking Trip on the Sandy River

Upper Sandy - McNeil Campground to ZigZag Info
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Put In:  McNeil Campground
Take Out:  Zigzag River Confluence
Difficulty:  Class IV + Continuous
Gradient:  200 fpm
Run Length:  5.5 miles
Current Streamflow:  2520 cfs @ 12/14/2016 09:45 AM - SANDY RIVER BLW BULL RUN RIVER, NR BULL RUN, OR, reading taken from USGS
Good Level:  600 - 800 cfs
Streamflow Comments:  At high water there are no eddies on this section
Season Comments:  January, February, March, April, May, November, December
Primary Season:  Rainy and snowmelt seasons, this section only runs after a few days of heavy rain, or after a few days of hot weather
Permit:  None presently required
Character/Similar To:  Very continuous class 4+ technical rapids for 5 miles.
Hazards:  There are always many logs present in this section. This 5 mile section of river contains one 5 mile long rapid with few stopping points. Although it is a roadside run, hiking out through the thick brush is very difficult. This run is very committing.
Water Craft:  kayak
Land Ownership:  Some Private some public
Wilderness:  In parts
Location:  In the Pacific Region (OR), of
Shuttle Logistics: 

Take Out: From US 26 turn north onto Lolo Pass Road at the Zig Zag Mountain Store. Continue up this road for about 1 mile, take out is at the second bridge down Lolo Pass Road.

Put In: From the take out continue down Lolo Pass Road until the sign marking the entrance of Mount Hood National Forest. Just past this sign take a right onto NF 1825 towards Ramona Falls. Continue for 1 mile and put in at the bridge before McNeil Campground.

Towns near Upper Sandy - McNeil Campground to ZigZag Kayaking

Clackamas Oregon
Gresham Oregon
Hood River Oregon
Madras Oregon
Portland Oregon
Sandy Oregon
Tualatin Oregon

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