Blue River Quentin Creek to Blue River Lake

Springfield, Oregon

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Blue River is a technically demanding, high-gradient tributary of the McKenzie River located only 39 miles east of Eugene. Approximately 0.5 mile below the Quentin Creek put-in is a class 5 triple drop called Food for Thought. This drop has been run successfully but may require a difficult portage on the right. The remainder of the river is class 3 to 4 and requires extensive scouting both from the road and the river. Technical drops of 3 to 10 feet are numerous, as are extensive boulder gardens that require precise boat handling. Due to logging activity in the area, boaters should be wary of log debris and sweepers. From Tidbits Creek, located 1 mile from the take-out, the river broadens and flattens, building up for one last long boulder garden just before the take-out. Character: forested; logging.
Soggy Sneakers: A Paddler's Guide to Oregon's Rivers

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Soggy Sneakers: A Paddler's Guide to Oregon's Rivers

by Pete Giordano & the Willamette Kayak and Canoe Club (The Mountaineers Books)

Blue River is a technically demanding, high-gradient tributary of the McKenzie River located only 39 miles east of Eugene. Approximately 0.5 mile below the Quentin Creek put-in is a class 5 triple drop called Food for Thought. This drop has been run successfully but may require a difficult portage on the right.

The remainder of the river is class 3 to 4 and requires extensive scouting both from the road and the river. Technical drops of 3 to 10 feet are numerous, as are extensive boulder gardens that require precise boat handling. Due to logging activity in the area, boaters should be wary of log debris and sweepers. From Tidbits Creek, located 1 mile from the take-out, the river broadens and flattens, building up for one last long boulder garden just before the take-out. Character: forested; logging.

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Activity Type: Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Springfield
Distance: 5
Class: Class IV-V
Season: Best in rainy/snowmelt season; Flow: 250–900 cfs
Driving Directions: Directions to Blue River: Quentin Creek to Blue River Lake

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