Eagle Creek Snuffin Road to Eagle Creek Road

Eagle Fern County Park, Oregon

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The character of the lower run on Eagle Creek is similar to that of the upper run (see the Eagle Creek: Fish Hatchery to Snuffin Road run). About 0.5 mile below the put-in at the Snuffin Road bridge is a low-head dam (1 to 2 feet). A shallow slide in the center of the dam makes an easy run. A mile below the putin, the North Fork Eagle Creek emerges underneath a bridge at a left bend in the river. “The Falls,” a dangerous class 5 rapid, is 0.5 mile farther. Plenty of action can be had before the falls, and eddies get progressively smaller near the falls. Work toward the right as soon as you see the upstream end of a concrete fish ladder on the right bank, and take out at the upstream end of the fish-ladder retaining wall. If you decide to run the falls, stay far right, boofing off the end of the fish ladder. Most of the current pushes to the left and into a nasty undercut slot on the left bank. The portage trail is up the bank on the right and back down to the river about a hundred yards downstream. Character: forested; residential.

Eagle Creek: Snuffin Road to Eagle Creek Road Professional Review and Guide

"The character of the lower run on Eagle Creek is similar to that of the upper run (see the Eagle Creek: Fish Hatchery to Snuffin Road run). About 0.5 mile below the put-in at the Snuffin Road bridge is a low-head dam (1 to 2 feet). A shallow slide in the center of the dam makes an easy run. A mile below the putin, the North Fork Eagle Creek emerges underneath a bridge at a left bend in the river.

“The Falls,” a dangerous class 5 rapid, is 0.5 mile farther. Plenty of action can be had before the falls, and eddies get progressively smaller near the falls. Work toward the right as soon as you see the upstream end of a concrete fish ladder on the right bank, and take out at the upstream end of the fish-ladder retaining wall. If you decide to run the falls, stay far right, boofing off the end of the fish ladder. Most of the current pushes to the left and into a nasty undercut slot on the left bank. The portage trail is up the bank on the right and back down to the river about a hundred yards downstream. Character: forested; residential."

Activity Type: Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Eagle Fern County Park
Distance: 5
Class: Class III-V
Season: Best in rainy season; Flow: 300 cfs
Driving Directions: Directions to Eagle Creek: Snuffin Road to Eagle Creek Road

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May 2018