Quartzville Creek Galena Creek to Green Peter Lake

Sweet Home, Oregon

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Lower Quartzville Creek is a good prelude to the upper run (see the Quartzville Creek: Above Gregg Creek to Galena Creek run). It does not have quite the gradient and is not as intense as the upper run, but its pool drop character still presents a challenge. At 800 cfs, stretches of relatively calm water culminate in 6- to 8-foot vertical or very technical drops; the whole run is quite rocky. At 1500 cfs, the run is at its easiest and play spots abound. Above 2500 cfs, large waves and holes punctuate almost every rapid, but routes are fairly easy to find. At flows of 6000 to 8000 cfs, it is a hardy class 4. The most serious drops/rapids occur within the first and last 2 miles of the run. The three big ledges upstream of Yellowbottom Campground are definitely worth scouting. The first occurs after a hard left bend and can be scouted on the right. Just downstream a house-size boulder marks the spot of the second drop. At low flows, keep right and punch the hole between the boulder and the side of the cliff. At higher flows, a sneak chute on the far left is recommended. Character: forested.
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)

Lower Quartzville Creek is a good prelude to the upper run (see the Quartzville Creek: Above Gregg Creek to Galena Creek run). It does not have quite the gradient and is not as intense as the upper run, but its pool drop character still presents a challenge. At 800 cfs, stretches of relatively calm water culminate in 6- to 8-foot vertical or very technical drops; the whole run is quite rocky. At 1500 cfs, the run is at its easiest and play spots abound. Above 2500 cfs, large waves and holes punctuate almost every rapid, but routes are fairly easy to find. At flows of 6000 to 8000 cfs, it is a hardy class 4.

The most serious drops/rapids occur within the first and last 2 miles of the run. The three big ledges upstream of Yellowbottom Campground are definitely worth scouting. The first occurs after a hard left bend and can be scouted on the right. Just downstream a house-size boulder marks the spot of the second drop. At low flows, keep right and punch the hole between the boulder and the side of the cliff. At higher flows, a sneak chute on the far left is recommended. Character: forested.

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Activity Type: Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Sweet Home
Distance: 10
Class: Class IV-V
Season: Best in rainy/snowmelt season; Flow: 800–3000 cfs; 8000 cfs
Driving Directions: Directions to Quartzville Creek: Galena Creek to Green Peter Lake

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