South Umpqua River Canyonville County Park to Lawson Bar

Canyonville, Oregon

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A classic example of a pool drop river can be experienced on this short run. After putting in at the pleasant Canyonville County Park, it is about 0.5 mile to the first drop, a straightforward class 2- rapids just as a bridge comes into view. A little farther along, a park is seen among large fir trees on the left. This is Stanton County Park on the road just north of Canyonville, and it offers an alternate access to the river. About 0.25 mile below the park is the most difficult rapids on this section, consisting of class 3 channels over ledges. It can be scouted or portaged on the left. A mile farther is a class 2 rapids with several channels through willows. The next rumble heard is not a rapids but the traffic on the Interstate 5 bridge overhead. Below the bridge are enjoyable small rapids among scenic rock formations. An extensive gravel bar on the left indicates the approach to the mouth of Cow Creek, on the left, followed by Lawson Bar on the right. One may take out on the right either above or below the class 2 rapids at Lawson Bar. Character: rural.

South Umpqua River: Canyonville County Park to Lawson Bar Professional Review and Guide

"A classic example of a pool drop river can be experienced on this short run. After putting in at the pleasant Canyonville County Park, it is about 0.5 mile to the first drop, a straightforward class 2- rapids just as a bridge comes into view. A little farther along, a park is seen among large fir trees on the left.

This is Stanton County Park on the road just north of Canyonville, and it offers an alternate access to the river. About 0.25 mile below the park is the most difficult rapids on this section, consisting of class 3 channels over ledges. It can be scouted or portaged on the left. A mile farther is a class 2 rapids with several channels through willows. The next rumble heard is not a rapids but the traffic on the Interstate 5 bridge overhead. Below the bridge are enjoyable small rapids among scenic rock formations. An extensive gravel bar on the left indicates the approach to the mouth of Cow Creek, on the left, followed by Lawson Bar on the right. One may take out on the right either above or below the class 2 rapids at Lawson Bar. Character: rural."

Activity Type: Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Canyonville
Distance: 5
Class: Class II-III
Season: Best in rainy season; Flow: 600 cfs
Driving Directions: Directions to South Umpqua River: Canyonville County Park to Lawson Bar

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