Molalla River Copper Creek to Willamette River

Salem, Oregon

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The Molalla is smaller and more technical than the neighboring Clackamas River, but it offers similar variety for kayakers and canoeists. Rafters can put in below Turner Bridge at higher flows, but access is steep along the banks. The upper river is heavily wooded with moss-covered deciduous trees. Its banks are brushy with technical basalt ledges, tight gorges, and occasional rocky beaches. The road follows the river, allowing boaters to car-scout many rapids.

Molalla River: Copper Creek to Willamette River Professional Review and Guide

"The Molalla is smaller and more technical than the neighboring Clackamas River, but it offers similar variety for kayakers and canoeists. Rafters can put in below Turner Bridge at higher flows, but access is steep along the banks.

The upper river is heavily wooded with moss-covered deciduous trees. Its banks are brushy with technical basalt ledges, tight gorges, and occasional rocky beaches. The road follows the river, allowing boaters to car-scout many rapids."

Activity Type: Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Salem
Distance: 45
Elevation Loss: 1,600 feet
Skill Level: Easy to Difficult
Class: Class II-V
Season: October through May
Local Contacts: Oregon Bureau of Land Management, 503-952-6001; Oregon River Levels, 503-261-9246
Driving Directions: Directions to Molalla River: Copper Creek to Willamette River

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May 2018