Silver Creek Silver Falls State Park to Silverton Reservior

Silverton, Oregon

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Silver Creek drains Silver Falls State Park and the Cascade foothills to the east. The many falls in the park drop over 15 million year old (Miocene) flood basalts from eastern Oregon and Washington. Mountain building in the area has since raised the basalt higher than its original elevation. The run is characterized by falls, steep blind ledges, and gorges. It is mostly pool drop with one rapid that is long and continuous. The put-in is a 1.1-mile downhill hike to the foot of Lower North Falls on the North Fork of Silver Creek. The base of Lower North Falls introduces 0.75 mile of pleasant small ledges and rapids before you reach the confluence with the South Fork. Logs may require portage in this section. The first large drop after the confluence is Crag Falls, a wide diagonal 10-foot ledge drop preceded by a 150-footlong shallow, ledgy slide on river left. Crag Falls can be scouted on the left from the slack water at its top. Character: deep forested canyon.

Silver Creek: Silver Falls State Park to Silverton Reservior Professional Review and Guide

"Silver Creek drains Silver Falls State Park and the Cascade foothills to the east. The many falls in the park drop over 15 million year old (Miocene) flood basalts from eastern Oregon and Washington. Mountain building in the area has since raised the basalt higher than its original elevation. The run is characterized by falls, steep blind ledges, and gorges. It is mostly pool drop with one rapid that is long and continuous. The put-in is a 1.1-mile downhill hike to the foot of Lower North Falls on the North Fork of Silver Creek.

The base of Lower North Falls introduces 0.75 mile of pleasant small ledges and rapids before you reach the confluence with the South Fork. Logs may require portage in this section. The first large drop after the confluence is Crag Falls, a wide diagonal 10-foot ledge drop preceded by a 150-footlong shallow, ledgy slide on river left. Crag Falls can be scouted on the left from the slack water at its top. Character: deep forested canyon."

Activity Type: Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Silverton
Distance: 10.6
Class: Class IV-V
Season: Best in rainy season; Flow: 300–500 cfs
Driving Directions: Directions to Silver Creek: Silver Falls State Park to Silverton Reservior

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May 2018