North Fork of the Middle Fork Willamette River Bottom of The Gorge to Westfir

Eugene, Oregon

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The run below The Gorge is rated class 3 and has three noteworthy rapids: Shotgun, Bull’s-eye, and Ledges. Shotgun is a twisting left turn with a small 3-foot drop that can be seen from the road. Bull’s-eye can be recognized by a large rock that blocks the main channel on the left. Boaters may go either right or left of the rock, but some have been known to go straight over the top, giving it the name Bull’s-eye. Ledges is difficult to scout from either the river or the road. It consists of a narrow channel on the far left that becomes apparent only at the top of the drop. Ledges can be recognized by a wall of rocks on the left at the start of the drop. It is located near the end of the run. Character: forested.
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 run below The Gorge is rated class 3 and has three noteworthy rapids: Shotgun, Bull’s-eye, and Ledges. Shotgun is a twisting left turn with a small 3-foot drop that can be seen from the road. Bull’s-eye can be recognized by a large rock that blocks the main channel on the left. Boaters may go either right or left of the rock, but some have been known to go straight over the top, giving it the name Bull’s-eye.

Ledges is difficult to scout from either the river or the road. It consists of a narrow channel on the far left that becomes apparent only at the top of the drop. Ledges can be recognized by a wall of rocks on the left at the start of the drop. It is located near the end of the run. Character: forested.

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Activity Type: Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Eugene
Distance: 8
Class: Class III-IV
Season: Best in rainy season; Flow: 750 cfs; 2500 cfs
Driving Directions: Directions to North Fork of the Middle Fork Willamette River: Bottom of The Gorge to Westfir

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