White River Barlow Crossing to Keeps Mill

Madras, Oregon

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This magnificent river starts on the east side of Mount Hood among the trees and often in snow, continues through a wilderness gorge, and ends in a desert. The change in scenery en route is spectacular. This upper run is seldom done because the next run, starting at Keeps Mill, is long, interesting, and spectacular enough to keep most paddlers content. This upper run has accumulated many logs in recent years and is no longer very enjoyable. The put-in is at Barlow Crossing, where the pioneers crossed the White River while traveling Barlow Road. The first 2.5 miles below Barlow Crossing are class 1+. The river gradient then increases, with many blind turns. The first significant drop is 3 miles below Barlow Crossing. It consists of two big ledges, class 4, which should be scouted on river left. From here to Keeps Mill is fast-flowing continuous class 3+ with lots of maneuvering required. A Mount Hood National Forest map, which shows the entire river and all shuttle roads, is indispensible. Character: forested.

White River: Barlow Crossing to Keeps Mill Professional Review and Guide

"This magnificent river starts on the east side of Mount Hood among the trees and often in snow, continues through a wilderness gorge, and ends in a desert. The change in scenery en route is spectacular. This upper run is seldom done because the next run, starting at Keeps Mill, is long, interesting, and spectacular enough to keep most paddlers content. This upper run has accumulated many logs in recent years and is no longer very enjoyable.

The put-in is at Barlow Crossing, where the pioneers crossed the White River while traveling Barlow Road. The first 2.5 miles below Barlow Crossing are class 1+. The river gradient then increases, with many blind turns. The first significant drop is 3 miles below Barlow Crossing. It consists of two big ledges, class 4, which should be scouted on river left. From here to Keeps Mill is fast-flowing continuous class 3+ with lots of maneuvering required. A Mount Hood National Forest map, which shows the entire river and all shuttle roads, is indispensible. Character: forested."

Activity Type: Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Madras
Distance: 6
Class: Class III-IV
Season: Best during snowmelt season; Flow: 400–1400 cfs
Driving Directions: Directions to White River: Barlow Crossing to Keeps Mill

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May 2018