Crabtree Creek South Fork Bridge to South Santiam River

Albany, Oregon

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This forested area has only moderate population with thick vegetation along the banks. The rapids on the upper creek can be surprisingly deceptive. Debris and rocks seem to be placed in the most unexpected places. Currents can be pushier than they look. The upper creek is almost solidly lined with downed trees from the 1996 floods; this drainage was one of the hardest hit areas. Paddlers should be extra cautious, watching for strainers and submerged logs. In many places water has gouged out the banks, uplifting large gravel bars and redepositing them in several places. Some of the gravel bars look as if they were dug into the creek by heavy machinery to divert the flow. They certainly do not look natural.

Crabtree Creek: South Fork Bridge to South Santiam River Professional Review and Guide

"This forested area has only moderate population with thick vegetation along the banks. The rapids on the upper creek can be surprisingly deceptive. Debris and rocks seem to be placed in the most unexpected places. Currents can be pushier than they look. The upper creek is almost solidly lined with downed trees from the 1996 floods; this drainage was one of the hardest hit areas.

Paddlers should be extra cautious, watching for strainers and submerged logs. In many places water has gouged out the banks, uplifting large gravel bars and redepositing them in several places. Some of the gravel bars look as if they were dug into the creek by heavy machinery to divert the flow. They certainly do not look natural."

Activity Type: Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Albany
Distance: 26
Elevation Loss: 1,000 feet
Skill Level: Easy to Moderate
Class: Class II-III
Season: Late fall through the spring
Local Contacts: Oregon Bureau of Land Management, 503-952-6001; Oregon River Levels, 503-261-9246
Driving Directions: Directions to Crabtree Creek: South Fork Bridge to South Santiam River

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May 2018