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Crooked River: Lone Pine Bridge to Crooked River Ranch Professional Review and Guide
"The Crooked River has many big rapids and runs through a spectacular gorge. Few good put-ins or take-outs are available on this hair-raising run for advanced to expert boaters. Much equipment has been lost in the Crooked River gorge. If you decide to run this river, the next lost paddle or boat could be yours. For rafters, the run requires quality river rafts and expert rowers able to run technical drops of 10 to 25 feet. Two put-ins are possible for this run, one 4 miles above Smith Rock State Park and the other 1.5 miles above the park. The put-in 1.5 miles above the park begins immediately with 1.5 miles of continuous class 4 rapids followed by a long loop of very slow water around the park. Rock climbers flock to this area year-round for some of the best climbing in Oregon. Boaters who paddle around Smith Rock hear cries of “Crazy!” from above, which may well apply to the small speck hundreds of feet above the river. Character: inaccessible desert gorge."
--Pete Giordano & the Willamette Kayak and Canoe Club, Soggy Sneakers: A Paddler's Guide to Oregon's Rivers (The Mountaineers Books).
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