Rock Creek 15 Miles above Steep Creek to 35 Miles below Steep Creek

Stevenson, Oregon

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Rock Creek is a great run located conveniently close to Portland. Much smaller than the Wind River just to the east, Rock Creek offers a great intermediate run with several tougher rapids and a couple of big waterfalls. At low flows, eddies are ample and most of the rapids are rocky. Hold onto your helmet at high flows as eddies disappear and the rapids develop quite some push. Great fun—but be careful. Immediately below the put-in at the road bridge, the river contains some small boulder gardens and usually some logs to portage. Shortly, though, the river consolidates into some fun ledge slides and small drops. About 1 mile from the bridge, the river drops around a sharp right turn and enters a small gorge with an 8-foot ledge at the head of the gorge. This ledge is very difficult to scout from the river. The ledge is usually run by boofing down the middle. Shortly after this scenic gorge, boaters reach a nasty 10-foot drop that is followed immediately by Heaven and Hell, a sloping 25-foot waterfall. Scout/portage both these drops on the left. There are several fun seal launches back to the river if you decide to portage these drops. Character: forested.

Rock Creek: 1.5 Miles above Steep Creek to 3.5 Miles below Steep Creek Professional Review and Guide

"Rock Creek is a great run located conveniently close to Portland. Much smaller than the Wind River just to the east, Rock Creek offers a great intermediate run with several tougher rapids and a couple of big waterfalls. At low flows, eddies are ample and most of the rapids are rocky. Hold onto your helmet at high flows as eddies disappear and the rapids develop quite some push. Great fun—but be careful. Immediately below the put-in at the road bridge, the river contains some small boulder gardens and usually some logs to portage. Shortly, though, the river consolidates into some fun ledge slides and small drops.

About 1 mile from the bridge, the river drops around a sharp right turn and enters a small gorge with an 8-foot ledge at the head of the gorge. This ledge is very difficult to scout from the river. The ledge is usually run by boofing down the middle. Shortly after this scenic gorge, boaters reach a nasty 10-foot drop that is followed immediately by Heaven and Hell, a sloping 25-foot waterfall. Scout/portage both these drops on the left. There are several fun seal launches back to the river if you decide to portage these drops. Character: forested."

Activity Type: Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Stevenson
Distance: 5
Class: Class IV-V
Season: Best in rainy season; Flow: 300–800
Driving Directions: Directions to Rock Creek: 1.5 Miles above Steep Creek to 3.5 Miles below Steep Creek

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May 2018