Molalla River Table Rock Fork Confluence to Turner Bridge

Molalla River, Oregon

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This scenic and playful run on the Molalla River is mostly class 2, with several class 3 drops near the middle. This portion may be combined with upper portions of the next run to make a longer trip (see the Molalla River: Turner Bridge to Glen Avon Bridge run). Two put-ins are possible. The first starts on the Table Rock Fork of the Molalla and continues for 0.2 mile before boaters reach the main Molalla. The second put-in is on the main Molalla about 0.3 mile upstream of the confluence with the Table Rock Fork. The next mile past the confluence is mostly class 2 and is a good warm-up. The first class 3 rapid is at the end of this mile and can be seen and scouted from the river by eddy hopping. Shortly below this rapids, boaters pass under Horse Creek bridge. Horse Creek enters the river as a beautiful falls on the left. About 0.2 mile downstream from the falls is Horse Creek Canyon, where the river narrows to a boat length. This class 3+ drop is clean but turbulent. It is a good idea to check for logs before committing to this drop. The flat-water runout gives paddlers a chance to enjoy the beautiful, steep canyon walls. Less than 1 mile downstream, where the river makes a sharp bend to the left and then right, be alert for logs.

Molalla River: Table Rock Fork Confluence to Turner Bridge Professional Review and Guide

"This scenic and playful run on the Molalla River is mostly class 2, with several class 3 drops near the middle. This portion may be combined with upper portions of the next run to make a longer trip (see the Molalla River: Turner Bridge to Glen Avon Bridge run). Two put-ins are possible.

The first starts on the Table Rock Fork of the Molalla and continues for 0.2 mile before boaters reach the main Molalla. The second put-in is on the main Molalla about 0.3 mile upstream of the confluence with the Table Rock Fork. The next mile past the confluence is mostly class 2 and is a good warm-up. The first class 3 rapid is at the end of this mile and can be seen and scouted from the river by eddy hopping. Shortly below this rapids, boaters pass under Horse Creek bridge. Horse Creek enters the river as a beautiful falls on the left. About 0.2 mile downstream from the falls is Horse Creek Canyon, where the river narrows to a boat length. This class 3+ drop is clean but turbulent. It is a good idea to check for logs before committing to this drop. The flat-water runout gives paddlers a chance to enjoy the beautiful, steep canyon walls. Less than 1 mile downstream, where the river makes a sharp bend to the left and then right, be alert for logs."

Activity Type: Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Molalla River
Distance: 5
Class: Class III
Season: Best in rainy season; Flow: 1000 cfs
Driving Directions: Directions to Molalla River: Table Rock Fork Confluence to Turner Bridge

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May 2018