Winberry Creek Winberry Campground to Fall Creek Reservoir

Eugene, Oregon

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Winberry Creek is perfect for an afternoon trip. It is one of the better runs of moderate difficulty that help one become accustomed to creek boating. The run can begin on the South Fork of Winberry Creek, which includes a short class 3 to 4 gorge, or at the confluence of the North and South Forks at Winberry Campground. Take special care on the first 100 yards of Winberry Creek and on the South Fork as the Forest Service has installed fish habitat logs. Immediately below the confluence of the forks, scout the class 3 slide for logs on the right. Downstream 1.7 miles are Bloody Elbow, a class 3 rapids that twists under a small bridge. Another 0.4 mile below is a gorge section that can be scouted from the road. This 0.7-mile gorge section is class 3+, with some class 4 water. Below the gorge 2 miles is Bridge Over Troubled Waters, a class 5 drop that has been run, but which has a very dangerous pin spot. It can be recognized by a 3-foot ledge 50 yards upstream of a definite horizon line. Portage on the left. Take out at the bridge above Fall Creek Reservoir. Character: forested.

Winberry Creek: Winberry Campground to Fall Creek Reservoir Professional Review and Guide

"Winberry Creek is perfect for an afternoon trip. It is one of the better runs of moderate difficulty that help one become accustomed to creek boating. The run can begin on the South Fork of Winberry Creek, which includes a short class 3 to 4 gorge, or at the confluence of the North and South Forks at Winberry Campground.

Take special care on the first 100 yards of Winberry Creek and on the South Fork as the Forest Service has installed fish habitat logs. Immediately below the confluence of the forks, scout the class 3 slide for logs on the right. Downstream 1.7 miles are Bloody Elbow, a class 3 rapids that twists under a small bridge. Another 0.4 mile below is a gorge section that can be scouted from the road. This 0.7-mile gorge section is class 3+, with some class 4 water. Below the gorge 2 miles is Bridge Over Troubled Waters, a class 5 drop that has been run, but which has a very dangerous pin spot. It can be recognized by a 3-foot ledge 50 yards upstream of a definite horizon line. Portage on the left. Take out at the bridge above Fall Creek Reservoir. Character: forested."

Activity Type: Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Eugene
Distance: 4.8
Class: Class III-V
Season: Best in rainy season; Flow: 300–800 cfs
Driving Directions: Directions to Winberry Creek: Winberry Campground to Fall Creek Reservoir

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