Trout Creek NF 43 Bridge to Pacific Crest Trail Bridge

Stevenson, Oregon

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Trout Creek is a great run if you are looking for something a little more difficult in the Wind drainage. This run is similar to the hardest drops on the Wind River but is much steeper and more constricted. Oftentimes, only one channel is runnable, so be sure to scout before committing to a drop. The creek at the put-in is shallow and placid. As boaters travel farther down the creek, the rapids and gradient gradually build into some fun class 3 to 3+ drops. After about a mile of these easier rapids, the floor drops out as the creek begins to descend at over 300 fpm through a dizzying array of boulder gardens and small ledges. Many of these drops are extremely congested at low water, which increases the potential of pinning. At high water, eddies are virtually nonexistent and boaters risk careening downriver out of control. The gradient eases off after about a mile, which allows boaters to catch their breath before the take-out. Character: gorge.
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)

Trout Creek is a great run if you are looking for something a little more difficult in the Wind drainage. This run is similar to the hardest drops on the Wind River but is much steeper and more constricted. Oftentimes, only one channel is runnable, so be sure to scout before committing to a drop. The creek at the put-in is shallow and placid. As boaters travel farther down the creek, the rapids and gradient gradually build into some fun class 3 to 3+ drops.

After about a mile of these easier rapids, the floor drops out as the creek begins to descend at over 300 fpm through a dizzying array of boulder gardens and small ledges. Many of these drops are extremely congested at low water, which increases the potential of pinning. At high water, eddies are virtually nonexistent and boaters risk careening downriver out of control. The gradient eases off after about a mile, which allows boaters to catch their breath before the take-out. Character: gorge.

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Activity Type: Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Stevenson
Distance: 3.7
Class: Class V
Season: Best in rainy/snowmelt season; Flow: 150–600 cfs
Driving Directions: Directions to Trout Creek: NF 43 Bridge to Pacific Crest Trail Bridge

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