South Fork Yamhill River Grand Ronde to Sheridan

Grand Ronde, Oregon

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This run keeps open canoers busy and entertains beginning kayakers with many good surfing waves. Put in at the upstream right side of the bridge on Oregon 18. Only 0.2 mile downstream is a 3-foot ledge, class 2, followed by 1 mile of riffles. At about mile 2 is an old log bridge followed by a highway bridge. About 0.5 mile farther is a small ledge drop. After another 0.5 mile is a second highway bridge. For the next 2 miles, a secondary road runs along river left. Below the put-in 5 miles is a modern concrete bridge, and 1 mile farther is an old suspension footbridge. About 0.5 mile farther is a 1.5-foot ledge followed in 100 yards by a 2-foot ledge; 0.5 mile farther is another 2-foot ledge with a channel on the right. After another 0.5 mile the river passes under a very high concrete bridge, at Oregon 18, then an older concrete bridge, at Oregon 22, that provides reasonable access. Character: wooded; flat.

South Fork Yamhill River: Grand Ronde to Sheridan Professional Review and Guide

"This run keeps open canoers busy and entertains beginning kayakers with many good surfing waves. Put in at the upstream right side of the bridge on Oregon 18. Only 0.2 mile downstream is a 3-foot ledge, class 2, followed by 1 mile of riffles.

At about mile 2 is an old log bridge followed by a highway bridge. About 0.5 mile farther is a small ledge drop. After another 0.5 mile is a second highway bridge. For the next 2 miles, a secondary road runs along river left. Below the put-in 5 miles is a modern concrete bridge, and 1 mile farther is an old suspension footbridge. About 0.5 mile farther is a 1.5-foot ledge followed in 100 yards by a 2-foot ledge; 0.5 mile farther is another 2-foot ledge with a channel on the right. After another 0.5 mile the river passes under a very high concrete bridge, at Oregon 18, then an older concrete bridge, at Oregon 22, that provides reasonable access. Character: wooded; flat."

Activity Type: Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Grand Ronde
Distance: 15
Class: Class II-III
Season: Best in rainy season; Flow: 700–3000 cfs

South Fork Yamhill River: Grand Ronde to Sheridan Reviews

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10/10/2010
This is a really great trail for beginners and those wanting to get into whitewater but don't know where to start. In October of 2010 it was just runnable. There are plenty of long flatwater sections between many of these Class 1-2 rapids, and even a few waves for those who want to give surfing a try. The best way to do the trail is to go the whole way to Sheridan though. There are not a lot of rapids on this section, but the best ones are, including Conifer falls. A 4 foot ledge drop that makes a rough whole on river left with a strainer immediately following the whole. River right has a great passage that is a wonderful place to practice boofing. Also, the best surfing wave on the whole trail lies shortly before arriving in Sheridan within 100 feet of a railroad bridge that crosses overhead. The disadvantage to running this section is that there are not many take out spots though. The park in Sheridan is the best place that I have found so far. In the future I am hoping that accommodations can be made with some of the land not being used near the river.
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