This Central Oregon run offers the intermediate paddler a nice trip though two very scenic canyons with the option of a midway access point. Since most of the river is diverted for irrigation in the summer, this run is usually only available from mid-October through mid-April. Unlike the next section upstream, these canyons seem to get more sun exposure, making cool temperatures a bit more tolerable.
Starting at Cline Falls State Park, the river flows though a shallow area as it approaches Cline Falls, about 0.5 mile below the park. If the flue gates of the Pacific Power generating station, located at the falls, are closed (check before getting on the river), eddy out on river left at the top of the inlet flue. From this eddy, it is an easy portage around the falls and power station. Alternately, boaters can put in at the base of the falls just downstream of the power station. Character: rural; canyon.
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