Klamath River Keno Dam to John C Boyle Reservoir

Keno, Oregon

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The best points of this run are the large number of rapids within a few miles, relatively few flat spots, and accessibility to Ashland and Klamath Falls paddlers. Most of the rapids are wide open and can be run by eddy hopping behind boulders. Unfortunately, the water is very dirty from pasture runoff. This is not the river for making many practice rolls. This seldom-run section of the Klamath is difficult to scout from the banks. The river leaves the road at the put-in and is hardly accessible until the take-out. A few logging roads go to the edge of the river’s south side, and a dirt road from Keno is used by anglers on the north bank. None of these roads is easy to find. The river flows below the dam for about 2 miles of short, busy rapids. Some of the best play spots are in the rapids immediately below the dam. Then an easier section culminates in a rapids with a sharp drop at the bottom. The next notable rapids has waves that pile up on a wall at the bottom and could become more of a face wash in higher water. Next is a section of rocky, pebbly, wide river. The water gathers together again for one last rapids, a good play spot, before the reservoir. This last drop may require scouting, depending on the water level and the skills of the party. Character: forested; agricultural.

Klamath River: Keno Dam to John C. Boyle Reservoir Professional Review and Guide

"The best points of this run are the large number of rapids within a few miles, relatively few flat spots, and accessibility to Ashland and Klamath Falls paddlers. Most of the rapids are wide open and can be run by eddy hopping behind boulders. Unfortunately, the water is very dirty from pasture runoff. This is not the river for making many practice rolls. This seldom-run section of the Klamath is difficult to scout from the banks. The river leaves the road at the put-in and is hardly accessible until the take-out. A few logging roads go to the edge of the river’s south side, and a dirt road from Keno is used by anglers on the north bank. None of these roads is easy to find.

The river flows below the dam for about 2 miles of short, busy rapids. Some of the best play spots are in the rapids immediately below the dam. Then an easier section culminates in a rapids with a sharp drop at the bottom. The next notable rapids has waves that pile up on a wall at the bottom and could become more of a face wash in higher water. Next is a section of rocky, pebbly, wide river. The water gathers together again for one last rapids, a good play spot, before the reservoir. This last drop may require scouting, depending on the water level and the skills of the party. Character: forested; agricultural."

Activity Type: Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Keno
Distance: 7
Class: Class III
Season: Best in rainy season; Flow: 2000 cfs
Driving Directions: Directions to Klamath River: Keno Dam to John C. Boyle Reservoir

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May 2018