Bull Run River Bull Run Road Bridge to Dodge Park

Gresham, Oregon

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Portland’s municipal water supply is drawn from the Bull Run River about 6 miles above the bridge at Bull Run Road. Consequently, the entire watershed is closed to public access. Only a 2.5-mile section from the Bull Run Road bridge to the confluence with the Sandy River can be run. This brief run offers six class 3 drops beginning just below the bridge. The last of these drops is Swing-set, named for the cable and basket arrangement strung across the river just below the drop. The river mellows to class 2 for the final 0.5 mile or so to the confluence with the Sandy and the inviting take-out beach in Dodge Park. The run also has a permanent slalom course near the put-in just below the powerhouse. Character: canyon.
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)

Portland’s municipal water supply is drawn from the Bull Run River about 6 miles above the bridge at Bull Run Road. Consequently, the entire watershed is closed to public access. Only a 2.5-mile section from the Bull Run Road bridge to the confluence with the Sandy River can be run.

This brief run offers six class 3 drops beginning just below the bridge. The last of these drops is Swing-set, named for the cable and basket arrangement strung across the river just below the drop. The river mellows to class 2 for the final 0.5 mile or so to the confluence with the Sandy and the inviting take-out beach in Dodge Park. The run also has a permanent slalom course near the put-in just below the powerhouse. Character: canyon.

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Activity Type: Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Gresham
Distance: 2.5
Class: Class III
Season: Best year-round; Flow: 700 cfs
Driving Directions: Directions to Bull Run River: Bull Run Road Bridge to Dodge Park

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May 2018