Salmon River Upper Bridge to Sandy River

Portland, Oregon

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The Salmon River is an exciting Class III trip when the Sandy River is running between 10 and 12 feet at the gage near Bull Run. The water in this tributary of the Sandy is clean and clear with a rocky bottom and wide bed that allows passage for small rafts when the gage reads 11 feet or more. Boaters on the Salmon rarely feel the sun, due to the close proximity of tall trees and mountains. The riverbanks are wooded and overgrown, but evidence of recent floods is obvious; piles of logs wait along river bends. Expect to make at least one portage around logs in the river.

Salmon River: Upper Bridge to Sandy River Professional Review and Guide

"The Salmon River is an exciting Class III trip when the Sandy River is running between 10 and 12 feet at the gage near Bull Run. The water in this tributary of the Sandy is clean and clear with a rocky bottom and wide bed that allows passage for small rafts when the gage reads 11 feet or more.

Boaters on the Salmon rarely feel the sun, due to the close proximity of tall trees and mountains. The riverbanks are wooded and overgrown, but evidence of recent floods is obvious; piles of logs wait along river bends. Expect to make at least one portage around logs in the river."

Activity Type: Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Portland
Distance: 11
Elevation Loss: 600 feet
Skill Level: Moderate
Class: Class III
Season: October to mid-June
Local Contacts: Oregon Bureau of Land Management, 503-952-6001; Oregon River Levels, 503-261-9246
Driving Directions: Directions to Salmon River: Upper Bridge to Sandy River

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May 2018