Umpqua River Sawyers Rapid

Reedsport, Oregon

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Because of predictable flows, this has long been a popular stretch when coastal streams are too low to run. After putting in, paddle immediately across the broad river to scout the class 3 chute from river left. Although revealed only during low flows, this narrow chute is turbulent and novices often walk or swim it. The other class 3 rapids follows shortly and is run down the middle. It does not flush at high water but does develop a couple of play spots below on far right and left. Take out at the boat ramp on river right. Character: broad, wooded valley.

Umpqua River: Sawyers Rapid Professional Review and Guide

"Because of predictable flows, this has long been a popular stretch when coastal streams are too low to run. After putting in, paddle immediately across the broad river to scout the class 3 chute from river left. Although revealed only during low flows, this narrow chute is turbulent and novices often walk or swim it.

The other class 3 rapids follows shortly and is run down the middle. It does not flush at high water but does develop a couple of play spots below on far right and left. Take out at the boat ramp on river right. Character: broad, wooded valley."

Activity Type: Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Reedsport
Distance: 2.3
Class: Class II-III
Season: Best year-round; Flow: 800–5000 cfs
Driving Directions: Directions to Umpqua River: Sawyers Rapid

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May 2018