Middle Fork Willamette River Dexter Dam to Jasper County Park

Dexter, Oregon

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The Willamette River makes its transition from the wild water of its upper reaches to the slower water found below Eugene on this and the Jasper County Park to Alton Baker Park run. The trip begins with the fairly turbulent and fast water discharged from Dexter Dam, and it continues at a brisk pace. The rapids are fairly small and straightforward, although at low water several exposed rock shelves require careful maneuvering. About midway through the run is an area where trees have been deposited by high water and the river subdivides into several channels. The exact configurations of the channels and logjams can vary each year. Beyond this point the river is a little less steep. Take out either on the left at Jasper County Park, where picnic tables can be seen from the river, or at 0.2 mile downstream at the Jasper bridge. Character: rural.

Middle Fork Willamette River: Dexter Dam to Jasper County Park Professional Review and Guide

"The Willamette River makes its transition from the wild water of its upper reaches to the slower water found below Eugene on this and the Jasper County Park to Alton Baker Park run. The trip begins with the fairly turbulent and fast water discharged from Dexter Dam, and it continues at a brisk pace. The rapids are fairly small and straightforward, although at low water several exposed rock shelves require careful maneuvering.

About midway through the run is an area where trees have been deposited by high water and the river subdivides into several channels. The exact configurations of the channels and logjams can vary each year. Beyond this point the river is a little less steep. Take out either on the left at Jasper County Park, where picnic tables can be seen from the river, or at 0.2 mile downstream at the Jasper bridge. Character: rural."

Activity Type: Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Dexter
Distance: 8
Class: Class II
Season: Best year-round; Flow: 2000 cfs
Driving Directions: Directions to Middle Fork Willamette River: Dexter Dam to Jasper County Park

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May 2018