Lower Jackson Creek Cover Camp to NF 31 Bridge

Canyonville, Oregon

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This lower run on Jackson Creek is quite a bit easier than the upper run but still contains numerous ledges and rapids, far too many to remember. Although most rapids are straightforward, three drops are definitely worth mentioning. After putting in at Cover Camp (below a mandatory portage log), the first mile varies between mini-gorge and something a bit wider. After a mile, Squaw Creek enters on the left over a nice 4- to 5-foot falls, and the volume of the creek increases noticeably. A couple of miles farther, another anchored log spans 95 percent of the streambed. It could be boofed at higher flows but might need to be portaged. After several straightforward class 2 and class 3 ledges and rapids, you come upon a definite horizon line with river mist coming up over it. Scout left. We nicknamed this one “Da Bootie Call” (class 4 to 4+). This more than 8-foot-high riverwide ledge is nastier than it looks. All the water pours over a width of about 10 feet. At higher flows, a ski jump on the left might be an option. Character: forested.
Soggy Sneakers: A Paddler's Guide to Oregon's Rivers

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Soggy Sneakers: A Paddler's Guide to Oregon's Rivers

by Pete Giordano & the Willamette Kayak and Canoe Club (The Mountaineers Books)

This lower run on Jackson Creek is quite a bit easier than the upper run but still contains numerous ledges and rapids, far too many to remember. Although most rapids are straightforward, three drops are definitely worth mentioning. After putting in at Cover Camp (below a mandatory portage log), the first mile varies between mini-gorge and something a bit wider. After a mile, Squaw Creek enters on the left over a nice 4- to 5-foot falls, and the volume of the creek increases noticeably.

A couple of miles farther, another anchored log spans 95 percent of the streambed. It could be boofed at higher flows but might need to be portaged. After several straightforward class 2 and class 3 ledges and rapids, you come upon a definite horizon line with river mist coming up over it. Scout left. We nicknamed this one “Da Bootie Call” (class 4 to 4+). This more than 8-foot-high riverwide ledge is nastier than it looks. All the water pours over a width of about 10 feet. At higher flows, a ski jump on the left might be an option. Character: forested.

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Activity Type: Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Canyonville
Distance: 8.5
Class: Class III-IV
Season: Best in rainy season; Flow: 400–1000cfs
Driving Directions: Directions to Lower Jackson Creek: Cover Camp to NF 31 Bridge

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May 2018