Crooked River, Lower - Lone Pine Bridge to Lake Billy Chinook

Madras, Oregon

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The spectacular depth of the Crooked River canyon will cause the least claustrophobic paddler to feel perilously confined. The feeling isn't relieved until after one passes the Class IV rapids and the necessity of running the river subsides. Only then can paddlers begin to appreciate breathtaking views and enjoyable water within this mini-Grand Canyon of Oregon. Water gushes from midwall springs, adding flow and scenic beauty to the spectacular journey. Fallen ladders, irrigation lines, and a dilapidated cable bridge on the lower section show historic signs of early habitation.

Crooked River, Lower - Lone Pine Bridge to Lake Billy Chinook Professional Review and Guide

"The spectacular depth of the Crooked River canyon will cause the least claustrophobic paddler to feel perilously confined. The feeling isn't relieved until after one passes the Class IV rapids and the necessity of running the river subsides.

Only then can paddlers begin to appreciate breathtaking views and enjoyable water within this mini-Grand Canyon of Oregon. Water gushes from midwall springs, adding flow and scenic beauty to the spectacular journey. Fallen ladders, irrigation lines, and a dilapidated cable bridge on the lower section show historic signs of early habitation."

Activity Type: Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Madras
Distance: 26
Elevation Loss: 1,000 feet
Skill Level: Moderate to Difficult
Class: Class III-IV
Season: Year-round
Local Contacts: Oregon Bureau of Land Management, 503-952-6001; Oregon River Levels, 503-261-9246
Driving Directions: Directions to Crooked River, Lower - Lone Pine Bridge to Lake Billy Chinook

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May 2018