Calapooia River Bridge 13 Miles above Holley to Bridge 4 Miles above Holley

Brownsville, Oregon

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The beginning of the run is swift, with sufficient gradient and rocks to immediately lead the boater into class 2 to 3 rapids. Spend a few minutes warming up by playing on the easier waves near the put-in. Within several hundred yards, a rock-strewn section sweeps past a point occupied for years by a logjam on the right. At mile 1.5, the river veers to the right with a rocky class 3 drop. Bigs Creek enters on the right at mile 2, and a single cable marks mile 3.2. Below mile 4, the channel narrows and a ledge develops a tricky curl that can produce a tail stand or dump a too-complacent boater. Below is the rocky rapid of The Narrows. Downstream 1 mile, look for a small brushy gravel bar and a prominent culvert protruding from the road fill on the right. This marks a short class 2 drop and interesting play spot. Dollar Drop, named for the former town of Dollar, is at mile 6.5, 0.2 mile after passing beneath a bridge. Pull out on the right to scout the 4-foot drop over a ledge. From here to the take-out, the water is class 1 and 2. Character: forested; logging; residential.

Calapooia River: Bridge 13 Miles above Holley to Bridge 4 Miles above Holley Professional Review and Guide

"The beginning of the run is swift, with sufficient gradient and rocks to immediately lead the boater into class 2 to 3 rapids. Spend a few minutes warming up by playing on the easier waves near the put-in. Within several hundred yards, a rock-strewn section sweeps past a point occupied for years by a logjam on the right. At mile 1.5, the river veers to the right with a rocky class 3 drop.

Bigs Creek enters on the right at mile 2, and a single cable marks mile 3.2. Below mile 4, the channel narrows and a ledge develops a tricky curl that can produce a tail stand or dump a too-complacent boater. Below is the rocky rapid of The Narrows. Downstream 1 mile, look for a small brushy gravel bar and a prominent culvert protruding from the road fill on the right. This marks a short class 2 drop and interesting play spot. Dollar Drop, named for the former town of Dollar, is at mile 6.5, 0.2 mile after passing beneath a bridge. Pull out on the right to scout the 4-foot drop over a ledge. From here to the take-out, the water is class 1 and 2. Character: forested; logging; residential."

Activity Type: Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Brownsville
Distance: 10
Class: Class III
Season: Best in rainy season; Flow: 700–-2500 cfs
Driving Directions: Directions to Calapooia River: Bridge 13 Miles above Holley to Bridge 4 Miles above Holley

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