Canyon Creek 7-Mile Bridge to South Santiam River

Sweet Home, Oregon

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Canyon Creek is one of the few true class 5 creeks in Oregon. Steep, continuous drops with undercuts and log hazards make Canyon Creek an excellent run for expert boaters. Unstable geology also makes Canyon Creek one of the more dynamic creeks in Oregon, with rapid configurations changing every few years after big flood events. Boaters must run the narrow slot on the right to avoid being pushed into a dangerous sieve on the left. Scout/portage on the right. Immediately below Terminator is a very steep boulder garden, Day of Judgment. Most boaters run Day of Judgment by boofing down the middle to avoid sieves on either side of the rapid. Scout/portage on the right. More steep rapids continue for another mile before the gradient decreases and the rapids become smaller and less frequent. Character: forested; canyon.

Canyon Creek: 7-Mile Bridge to South Santiam River Professional Review and Guide

"Canyon Creek is one of the few true class 5 creeks in Oregon. Steep, continuous drops with undercuts and log hazards make Canyon Creek an excellent run for expert boaters. Unstable geology also makes Canyon Creek one of the more dynamic creeks in Oregon, with rapid configurations changing every few years after big flood events.

Boaters must run the narrow slot on the right to avoid being pushed into a dangerous sieve on the left. Scout/portage on the right. Immediately below Terminator is a very steep boulder garden, Day of Judgment. Most boaters run Day of Judgment by boofing down the middle to avoid sieves on either side of the rapid. Scout/portage on the right. More steep rapids continue for another mile before the gradient decreases and the rapids become smaller and less frequent. Character: forested; canyon."

Activity Type: Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Sweet Home
Distance: 7.5
Class: Class V
Season: Best in rainy season; Flow: 200–1000 cfs
Driving Directions: Directions to Canyon Creek: 7-Mile Bridge to South Santiam River

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May 2018