Quartz Creek Milepost 75 Bridge to Milepost 2 Bridge

Eugene, Oregon

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If you are an intermediate creek boater looking to hone your skills on harder runs, Quartz Creek is one of the best in the upper Willamette Valley. This continuous little alder-lined creek is technical rock dodging at low water and a nonstop class 3 to 4 slalom at higher flows. Character: forested, logged. The put-in is a log-choked bedrock ledge a hundred yards downstream of the Mile 7.5 bridge. This class 4- ledge is runnable on the far left but some overhanging branches complicate the line. Warm up in the swirling eddy below the ledge because the continuous nature of the creek keeps paddlers occupied almost immediately. About 0.5 mile downstream, the creek splits around an island. The main right channel has an obvious horizon line with several vertically pinned logs and a large log forming a pour over. Run the drop far left or, better, portage on the island. The next 2.5 miles are mainly class 2+ intermingled with several class 3 drops.

Quartz Creek: Milepost 7.5 Bridge to Milepost 2 Bridge Professional Review and Guide

"If you are an intermediate creek boater looking to hone your skills on harder runs, Quartz Creek is one of the best in the upper Willamette Valley. This continuous little alder-lined creek is technical rock dodging at low water and a nonstop class 3 to 4 slalom at higher flows. Character: forested, logged.

The put-in is a log-choked bedrock ledge a hundred yards downstream of the Mile 7.5 bridge. This class 4- ledge is runnable on the far left but some overhanging branches complicate the line. Warm up in the swirling eddy below the ledge because the continuous nature of the creek keeps paddlers occupied almost immediately. About 0.5 mile downstream, the creek splits around an island. The main right channel has an obvious horizon line with several vertically pinned logs and a large log forming a pour over. Run the drop far left or, better, portage on the island. The next 2.5 miles are mainly class 2+ intermingled with several class 3 drops."

Activity Type: Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Eugene
Distance: 5.5
Class: Class III-IV
Season: Best in rainy season; Flow: 250–750 cfs
Driving Directions: Directions to Quartz Creek: Milepost 7.5 Bridge to Milepost 2 Bridge

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