This part of the Crooked River is not quite as intense, and only half as long, as the previous run. Still, some of the rapids are challenging and boaters are a long way from help. The flow is only 100 cfs at the Prineville Dam, but numerous springs increase the flow to 1000 cfs within 5 to 6 miles, making the river runnable year-round. Boaters may opt to put in either above Chinese Dam, class 4, or about 200 yards downstream. At normal summer flows (low), Chinese Dam is not runnable. Put in below it.
Past Chinese Dam 1 mile is The Wave, which, at flows above 3500 cfs, has a steep V wave that envelops boaters with water converging overhead. A rockfall (1990) from the left at the top makes low-water runs more difficult. The Wave is steep; at really low water, the left looks most promising, but it may not be runnable. It is rocky on top left and even worse on bottom right. At higher water, center to right is best. Character: inaccessible desert gorge.
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