Breitenbush River Cleator Bend Campground to Detroit Reservoir

Detroit, Oregon

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The Breitenbush River starts at the crest of the Cascades north of Mount Jefferson and is one of the major tributaries of the North Santiam River. This run is one of the best intermediate runs in the Cascades, with numerous rapids, crystal-clear water, and beautiful scenery. This run is rated class 4 because the drops are so closely spaced and require technical precision to run, although the individual drops are mostly class 3. It might be said that the whole is greater than the sum of the parts. The pools are short, and the route is often not apparent until you are almost at the brink of a drop, and sometimes it is not visible even then.
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)

The Breitenbush River starts at the crest of the Cascades north of Mount Jefferson and is one of the major tributaries of the North Santiam River. This run is one of the best intermediate runs in the Cascades, with numerous rapids, crystal-clear water, and beautiful scenery.

This run is rated class 4 because the drops are so closely spaced and require technical precision to run, although the individual drops are mostly class 3. It might be said that the whole is greater than the sum of the parts. The pools are short, and the route is often not apparent until you are almost at the brink of a drop, and sometimes it is not visible even then.

©  Pete Giordano & the Willamette Kayak and Canoe Club/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Detroit
Distance: 8
Class: Class IV
Season: Best in rainy/snowmelt season; Flow: 400–2500 cfs
Driving Directions: Directions to Breitenbush River: Cleator Bend Campground to Detroit Reservoir

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May 2018