Lake Creek Deadwood Creek to Tide

Mapleton, Oregon

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Lake Creek is named for Triangle Lake in the Oregon Coast Range. Immediately after or during a major storm, it is an excellent big-water run. At lower flows, it is a superb class 2+ river with good action and lots of surfing waves. Emerging from the lake, the creek meanders a few hundred feet, turns a swift corner, and drops over several falls into logjams and difficult rapids. A common put-in is 10 miles downstream at Deadwood Creek, which still provides a chance to warm up for The Horn. Boaters who prefer a less ominously named put-in, or who wish to vary the length of their runs, can put in at any of the unimproved county parks 1 to 3 miles up- or downstream of Deadwood. A popular play run put-in is at Schindler Park about 1 mile below Deadwood. Those who can make a midweek run may be able to avoid the crowds. Character: rural.
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)

Lake Creek is named for Triangle Lake in the Oregon Coast Range. Immediately after or during a major storm, it is an excellent big-water run. At lower flows, it is a superb class 2+ river with good action and lots of surfing waves. Emerging from the lake, the creek meanders a few hundred feet, turns a swift corner, and drops over several falls into logjams and difficult rapids.

A common put-in is 10 miles downstream at Deadwood Creek, which still provides a chance to warm up for The Horn. Boaters who prefer a less ominously named put-in, or who wish to vary the length of their runs, can put in at any of the unimproved county parks 1 to 3 miles up- or downstream of Deadwood. A popular play run put-in is at Schindler Park about 1 mile below Deadwood. Those who can make a midweek run may be able to avoid the crowds. Character: rural.

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

Activity Type: Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Mapleton
Distance: 8
Class: Class III-IV
Season: Best in rainy season; Flow: 1600–5000 cfs; 10,000–31,000 cfs
Driving Directions: Directions to Lake Creek: Deadwood Creek to Tide

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