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Wamic - White River Bridge to Tygh Valley Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing Trip on the White River

 at 650 cfs
Inner Canyon at 650 cfs

Wamic - White River Bridge to Tygh Valley Info
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Put In:  Wamic - White River Brdige
Take Out:  Tygh Valley
Difficulty:  Class II + one class IV, one class 3+
Gradient:  40
Run Length:  11 miles
Current Streamflow:  260 cfs @ 12/14/2016 09:45 AM - WARM SPRINGS RIVER NEAR KAHNEETA HOT SPRINGS, OR, reading taken from USGS
Good Level:  500 cfs - 1500 cfs
Streamflow Comments:  A complex calculation that includes the warm springs gauge. Use Pat Welch's site for a more accurate estimate: http://kayak.physics.orst.edu/~tpw/kayaking/display.cgi/d.htm#DM. Recommended levels based on Pat Welch's estimate.
Season Comments:  April, May, June
Primary Season:  Short season as it is fed by snowmelt from the lower elevations of Mt Hood.
Permit:  none required at this time
Character/Similar To:  Isolated Basalt Canyon.
Hazards:  Logs that vary from year to year. Some require portaging so be aware. Five portages in 2005 and one in 2006.
Water Craft:  kayak,wwcan
Wilderness:  Yes
Camping on River:  At putin with no toilet facilities or portable water.
Location:  In the Pacific Region (OR), South East of Portland
Area Name:  Pacific West
Shuttle Logistics:  From Portland take Highway 26 past Mt. Hood to state road 216. Turn left and drive about 13 miles to Victor Road(gravel). Turn left and continue for 2.5 miles until you reach White River Road. Turn left and drive 2.0 miles to the White River Bridge put-in. To reach the take out continue on White River Road for 2.4 miles. Turn right on Smock Road (paved). Continue for 6.9 miles until you reach Wamic Market Road. Turn right and continue for 6.3 miles to Tygh Valley. Turn right and in 1.1 miles, just before crossing the White River, turn left into a dirt parking lot.

Wamic - White River Bridge to Tygh Valley on the White River

The White River from the White River Bridge to Tygh Valley runs through a beautiful isolated river canyon. Because of the isolation, potential for logs, and being in a deep canyon, extra care should be taken and only experienced paddlers should attempt this 11 mile stretch.

The river is really a composite of three unique stretches all three of which have wonderful scenery. For the first 3 miles the river is a quick continuous class 2 to low 3 creek. Quick maneuvering is required and the eddies are small. This leads you to the slower class 2 middle section which is located in a wonderful balsalt canyon. Be sure to enjoy the flowers and wildlife. When the gradient begins to increase, you are entering the more difficult white water section. In the middle of this stretch lies a difficult class 3 rapid called "Truth or Consequences". It can be identified by a rock slide on river right. The scout is on the right and portaging is possible but difficult. The rapid ends with a log jam in the center of the river forcing paddlers to take one of two routes, each of which can be partially blocked by wood. This rapid can be hazardous so do not take it lightly because it is rated class 3. Just below this rapid is "Rock and Roll" (class -4). This is a boulder filled rapid that disappears around a left bend. Below this is a mile long stretch of class 3 white water called "Grand Finale" followed by a few miles of moving water. When you pass the log home on the right, you are leaving the canyon and are within a mile of the take out.

Last Edited by sarah on 10/30/2009

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