North Umpqua River Steamboat to Cable Crossing

Glide, Oregon

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This stretch, although highlighted by several of the North Umpqua’s biggest rapids, is generally less technical than the upstream runs. Rapids are separated by long flat stretches. The Steamboat Inn marks the site of an exciting rocky rapids in the left channel, and a sometimes-runnable falls in the right channel. Do not trespass on Steamboat Inn property when scouting. Below Steamboat 6 miles is Wright Creek Bridge, which is followed in another 0.2 mile by Bathtub Rapid. At low water, Bathtub deserves a scout. Small fun drops continue for several more miles. A very large cliff rising from water’s edge on the left is seen 200 yards above Island (or Staircase) Rapid, the North Umpqua’s best ride.
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)

This stretch, although highlighted by several of the North Umpqua’s biggest rapids, is generally less technical than the upstream runs. Rapids are separated by long flat stretches.

The Steamboat Inn marks the site of an exciting rocky rapids in the left channel, and a sometimes-runnable falls in the right channel. Do not trespass on Steamboat Inn property when scouting. Below Steamboat 6 miles is Wright Creek Bridge, which is followed in another 0.2 mile by Bathtub Rapid. At low water, Bathtub deserves a scout.

Small fun drops continue for several more miles. A very large cliff rising from water’s edge on the left is seen 200 yards above Island (or Staircase) Rapid, the North Umpqua’s best ride.

©  Pete Giordano & the Willamette Kayak and Canoe Club/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Glide
Distance: 16
Class: Class III-IV
Season: Best year-round: 1500–3000 cfs
Driving Directions: Directions to North Umpqua River: Steamboat to Cable Crossing

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