Eagle Creek Fish Hatchery to Clackamas River

Estacada, Oregon

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Eagle Creek is a tight, technical creek with many pool-drop rapids and two significant waterfalls that require a portage. Scouting can often be done from your boat, but make sure that you do not run any drop blind, since logs often jam in the chutes on this stream and can shift from year to year. Most of the rapids have straightforward routes weaving down the middle, but paddlers should only attempt them in smaller, rugged craft since many passages are narrow and rocky. Vegetation is heavy along the creek's often steep banks. The water is clear and blue above a rock and gravel bottom; it is also cold, so don't forget your dry-top.
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by Robb Keller (Falcon Guides)

Eagle Creek is a tight, technical creek with many pool-drop rapids and two significant waterfalls that require a portage. Scouting can often be done from your boat, but make sure that you do not run any drop blind, since logs often jam in the chutes on this stream and can shift from year to year.

Most of the rapids have straightforward routes weaving down the middle, but paddlers should only attempt them in smaller, rugged craft since many passages are narrow and rocky. Vegetation is heavy along the creek's often steep banks. The water is clear and blue above a rock and gravel bottom; it is also cold, so don't forget your dry-top.

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Activity Type: Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Estacada
Distance: 14
Elevation Loss: 800 feet
Skill Level: Moderate
Class: Class III-IV
Season: November through May
Local Contacts: Oregon Bureau of Land Management, 503-952-6001; Oregon River Levels, 503-261-9246
Driving Directions: Directions to Eagle Creek: Fish Hatchery to Clackamas River

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