Calapooia River 22 Miles above Holley to Bridge 13 Miles above Holley

Holley, Oregon

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This uppermost section of the Calapooia contains the toughest and most technical whitewater the river has to offer. Though the run is class 3 overall, the three most difficult rapids would be very difficult to portage, so come prepared to run at least one class 4 rapid. The road closely follows the river the whole way, making scouting possible on the drive up. The gradient numbers are deceptive: Though the average is 65 fpm, the section containing the short gorge is about 120 fpm for a mile. Always scout the boulder garden in the gorge before committing to it, preferably from the road because wood is almost always present in some of the chutes. Character: wooded, remote.
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 uppermost section of the Calapooia contains the toughest and most technical whitewater the river has to offer. Though the run is class 3 overall, the three most difficult rapids would be very difficult to portage, so come prepared to run at least one class 4 rapid.

The road closely follows the river the whole way, making scouting possible on the drive up. The gradient numbers are deceptive: Though the average is 65 fpm, the section containing the short gorge is about 120 fpm for a mile. Always scout the boulder garden in the gorge before committing to it, preferably from the road because wood is almost always present in some of the chutes. Character: wooded, remote.

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

Activity Type: Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Holley
Distance: 9
Class: Class III-IV
Season: Best in rainy season; Flow: 600–1000 cfs
Driving Directions: Directions to Calapooia River: 22 Miles above Holley to Bridge 13 Miles above Holley

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May 2018