Drift Creek Siletz River Tributary North Creek to Covered Bridge

Siletz, Oregon

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Drift Creek is a small Coast Range stream that flows through a scenic forest, including 5 miles of old timber, and into Siletz Bay. The river is very beautiful, with large trees draped in moss and lichens and with many huge boulders, some as large as a house. In places the channel is very narrow—just enough to get a boat through. The run starts in a small valley with a fairly gentle gradient but soon flows into a steep-sided, narrow canyon with a gradient of 95 fpm. This is followed by a lower-gradient section below the canyon, which is followed by another steep, narrow canyon. It is important to remain alert at all times because logs could block almost any drop. If the water is much higher than 400 cfs, some of the channels and drops might be easier, but scouting from a boat might be more difficult. No signs of civilization appear until the last mile or so, which reveals a few buildings and fields and a view of the road. The last mile is flat water. Character: forested; canyon.

Drift Creek (Siletz River Tributary): North Creek to Covered Bridge Professional Review and Guide

"Drift Creek is a small Coast Range stream that flows through a scenic forest, including 5 miles of old timber, and into Siletz Bay. The river is very beautiful, with large trees draped in moss and lichens and with many huge boulders, some as large as a house. In places the channel is very narrow—just enough to get a boat through.

The run starts in a small valley with a fairly gentle gradient but soon flows into a steep-sided, narrow canyon with a gradient of 95 fpm. This is followed by a lower-gradient section below the canyon, which is followed by another steep, narrow canyon. It is important to remain alert at all times because logs could block almost any drop. If the water is much higher than 400 cfs, some of the channels and drops might be easier, but scouting from a boat might be more difficult. No signs of civilization appear until the last mile or so, which reveals a few buildings and fields and a view of the road. The last mile is flat water. Character: forested; canyon."

Activity Type: Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Siletz
Distance: 8
Class: Class III-IV
Season: Best in rainy season; Flow: 400 cfs
Driving Directions: Directions to Drift Creek (Siletz River Tributary): North Creek to Covered Bridge

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May 2018