Quartzville Creek Bruler Creek Bridge to Green Peter Reservoir

Sweet Home, Oregon

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Quartzville Creek is a middle Willamette Valley wintertime mainstay, featuring easy access, clear water in all but the most severe floods, and a variety of quality segments at an intermediate to expert level of difficulty. Its only drawbacks are the cold conditions that dominate its runnable season. Snow is common, particularly along the creek's upper reaches; paddlers often find that put-in choices are dictated by a snowdrift across the road. Despite its chilly climate, Quartzville Creek has enough pool-drop action to keep even widely traveled paddlers entertained. Advanced and expert boaters often paddle the pool-drop Upper Quartzville section (Section 2) from Gregg Creek to Double Dip. Logs are a constant problem, particularly on the steep upper section where crux moves often involve wood. Intermediate to advanced paddlers and advanced rafters will enjoy the Lower Quartzville segment (Section 4) from Yellowbottom Recreation Site to Green Peter Reservoir. This continuous run is spiced up by powerful rapids.

Quartzville Creek: Bruler Creek Bridge to Green Peter Reservoir Professional Review and Guide

"Quartzville Creek is a middle Willamette Valley wintertime mainstay, featuring easy access, clear water in all but the most severe floods, and a variety of quality segments at an intermediate to expert level of difficulty. Its only drawbacks are the cold conditions that dominate its runnable season. Snow is common, particularly along the creek's upper reaches; paddlers often find that put-in choices are dictated by a snowdrift across the road. Despite its chilly climate, Quartzville Creek has enough pool-drop action to keep even widely traveled paddlers entertained.

Advanced and expert boaters often paddle the pool-drop Upper Quartzville section (Section 2) from Gregg Creek to Double Dip. Logs are a constant problem, particularly on the steep upper section where crux moves often involve wood. Intermediate to advanced paddlers and advanced rafters will enjoy the Lower Quartzville segment (Section 4) from Yellowbottom Recreation Site to Green Peter Reservoir. This continuous run is spiced up by powerful rapids."

Activity Type: Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Sweet Home
Distance: 19
Elevation Loss: 1,900 feet
Skill Level: Difficult
Class: Class III-V
Season: October through April
Local Contacts: Oregon Bureau of Land Management, 503-952-6001; Oregon River Levels, 503-261-9246
Driving Directions: Directions to Quartzville Creek: Bruler Creek Bridge to Green Peter Reservoir

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