Fall Creek Fall Creek Dam to Jasper County Park

Springfield, Oregon

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With the exception of the Willamette River and the McKenzie River at Hayden Bridge, this run on Fall Creek is the closest whitewater to the Eugene–Springfield area. It contains some excellent play spots that are good for beginners to try surfing. Because this portion of Fall Creek is not prone to flooding, fallen trees remain in the river, so watch where you are going. The first 0.5 mile of the run is the most interesting, with a nice series of short class 2 rapids. Throughout the run are many good play spots with eddies on both sides of the river. The run ends with a class 3 rapids located just downstream from the Pengra covered bridge. The class 3 rapids can be scouted easily from the bridge. Decked boaters should have no problems with this rapids. Open canoes risk swamping in the 3- to 4-foot standing waves. Boaters who do not wish to run the Pengra bridge rapids can take out on river left, at the base of the bridge. Character: rural.

Fall Creek: Fall Creek Dam to Jasper County Park Professional Review and Guide

"With the exception of the Willamette River and the McKenzie River at Hayden Bridge, this run on Fall Creek is the closest whitewater to the Eugene–Springfield area. It contains some excellent play spots that are good for beginners to try surfing. Because this portion of Fall Creek is not prone to flooding, fallen trees remain in the river, so watch where you are going.

The first 0.5 mile of the run is the most interesting, with a nice series of short class 2 rapids. Throughout the run are many good play spots with eddies on both sides of the river. The run ends with a class 3 rapids located just downstream from the Pengra covered bridge. The class 3 rapids can be scouted easily from the bridge. Decked boaters should have no problems with this rapids. Open canoes risk swamping in the 3- to 4-foot standing waves. Boaters who do not wish to run the Pengra bridge rapids can take out on river left, at the base of the bridge. Character: rural."

Activity Type: Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Springfield
Distance: 9
Class: Class II-III
Season: Dam-controlled
Driving Directions: Directions to Fall Creek: Fall Creek Dam to Jasper County Park

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May 2018