Drift Creek, Alsea River Drainage Meadow Creek to Alsea Bay

Newport, Oregon

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Drift Creek is a tributary of Alsea Bay that runs through the Drift Creek Wilderness Area of the Siuslaw National Forest. The creek is a pleasant Class II float for most of its length, containing one Class III rapid near the wilderness area boundary. Many small side creeks boost the flow along the way. Lush, brushy banks and numerous deciduous trees line most of the route. During rainy seasons in fall and spring, the area resembles a rain forest. The undergrowth is thick and spongy with lots of ferns, moss, and mushrooms. Slug, salamanders, frogs are prevalent in this damp environment.
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Paddling Oregon

by Robb Keller (Falcon Guides)

Drift Creek is a tributary of Alsea Bay that runs through the Drift Creek Wilderness Area of the Siuslaw National Forest. The creek is a pleasant Class II float for most of its length, containing one Class III rapid near the wilderness area boundary.

Many small side creeks boost the flow along the way. Lush, brushy banks and numerous deciduous trees line most of the route. During rainy seasons in fall and spring, the area resembles a rain forest. The undergrowth is thick and spongy with lots of ferns, moss, and mushrooms. Slug, salamanders, frogs are prevalent in this damp environment.

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Activity Type: Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Newport
Distance: 11
Elevation Loss: 125 feet
Skill Level: Easy to Moderate
Class: Class II-III
Season: November through March
Local Contacts: Oregon Bureau of Land Management, 503-952-6001; Oregon River Levels, 503-261-9246
Driving Directions: Directions to Drift Creek, Alsea River Drainage: Meadow Creek to Alsea Bay

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