South Fork Alsea River Hubert McBee Memorial Park to Rock Quarry Weir

Alsea, Oregon

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The South Fork Alsea River is a narrow stream runnable only during or shortly after substantial rains. It runs through the scenic coniferous forests of the Coast Range, although recent logging and road building have encroached upon its beauty. Many logs in, above, or under the water have accumulated in recent years. The upper 2 miles, down to the third concrete bridge, are a leisurely class 2 run with several small play spots at higher water levels. Around the corner below the third bridge is a drop that begins a 0.5-mile stretch of fairly continuous rapids. This stretch is a technical class 3 at lower water and a dynamic class 3 with chutes and twisting turns at high flow. The last third of the run flattens out somewhat but is punctuated by three steeply sloping ledges and several play spots.

South Fork Alsea River: Hubert McBee Memorial Park to Rock Quarry Weir Professional Review and Guide

"The South Fork Alsea River is a narrow stream runnable only during or shortly after substantial rains. It runs through the scenic coniferous forests of the Coast Range, although recent logging and road building have encroached upon its beauty. Many logs in, above, or under the water have accumulated in recent years.

The upper 2 miles, down to the third concrete bridge, are a leisurely class 2 run with several small play spots at higher water levels. Around the corner below the third bridge is a drop that begins a 0.5-mile stretch of fairly continuous rapids. This stretch is a technical class 3 at lower water and a dynamic class 3 with chutes and twisting turns at high flow. The last third of the run flattens out somewhat but is punctuated by three steeply sloping ledges and several play spots."

Activity Type: Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Alsea
Distance: 6
Class: Class II-III
Season: Best in rainy season; Flow: 400 cfs; 1000 cfs
Driving Directions: Directions to South Fork Alsea River: Hubert McBee Memorial Park to Rock Quarry Weir

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May 2018