Chetco River Chetco Gorge

Brookings, Oregon

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The Chetco River is a famous southwestern Oregon stream noted for fine fishing and crystal-clear water. The initial 3 miles of the run consist of long stretches of flat water with a few class 2 rapids. After several fun class 3 and 4 rapids, the river returns to flat water until Chetco Gorge. Candy Cane, the second major rapid in the gorge, can be scouted on the left or right but is most easily portaged on the right. Candy Cane consists of large boulders, which constrict the river from forming swirly currents and large holes. A few hundred yards farther, the river again disappears. This is Conehead, named for the monolithic centerpiece into which the torrent descends. Portage on the right or run right avoiding the undercut rock in the center and the pin rocks on the right. The remaining 2 miles are flat. Character: forested; canyon.

Chetco River: Chetco Gorge Professional Review and Guide

"The Chetco River is a famous southwestern Oregon stream noted for fine fishing and crystal-clear water. The initial 3 miles of the run consist of long stretches of flat water with a few class 2 rapids. After several fun class 3 and 4 rapids, the river returns to flat water until Chetco Gorge. Candy Cane, the second major rapid in the gorge, can be scouted on the left or right but is most easily portaged on the right.

Candy Cane consists of large boulders, which constrict the river from forming swirly currents and large holes. A few hundred yards farther, the river again disappears. This is Conehead, named for the monolithic centerpiece into which the torrent descends. Portage on the right or run right avoiding the undercut rock in the center and the pin rocks on the right. The remaining 2 miles are flat. Character: forested; canyon."

Activity Type: Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Brookings
Distance: 8.7
Class: Class III-V
Season: Best in rainy season; Flow: 500-3000 cfs
Driving Directions: Directions to Chetco River: Chetco Gorge

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May 2018