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Abiqua Creek: Abiqua Falls to Abiqua Road Professional Review and Guide
"Abiqua Creek is in the watershed between Butte Creek on the north and Silver Creek to the south. All are tributaries of the Pudding River, which flows into the Molalla just before the latter reaches the Willamette. Abiqua Creek’s gradient and drainage area are similar to both sister streams, but it does not have as much action as either of them. The gradient is fairly constant, with some pool drop. Most rapids are rock gardens. Above the recommended put-in, Abiqua Falls plunges over a 90-foot sheer drop into a pool. The gradient above the falls is steeper, up to 200 fpm, but there is not a put-in far enough upstream to make the portage around the falls worthwhile. Character: forested; residential."
--Pete Giordano & the Willamette Kayak and Canoe Club, Soggy Sneakers: A Paddler's Guide to Oregon's Rivers (The Mountaineers Books).
Not recommended during July, we walked the kayak more than we kayaked as we kept getting stuck on the never-ending rocks. The longest stretch we actually kayaked was about 100yrds. Looks like it could have been fun if the water level was A LOT higher. Took 5hrs to go about 4 miles..I don't know if this is better during the winter but I would definitely scout it first. The directions to get to the put in weren't very accurate on mileage either.
At the "odd 3 way intersection" listed in the directions, a locked logging gate prevented me from driving the last 3 1/2 miles to the falls. There was no snow, so I'm not sure if the road was still closed for the winter or whether it is permanently closed.
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