North Fork of the Middle Fork Willamette River Miracle Mile through The Gorge

Westfir, Oregon

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The North Fork offers exciting whitewater, superb scenery, and easy access. It flows into the Middle Fork Willamette River just below Westfir, near Oakridge. This section contains the Miracle Mile, a very steep, very tight, very technical section on which numerous professional and other hard-core kayakers have trained. Although many rapids along the Miracle Mile are named, it is best run for the first few times with someone who knows the complex, twisty routes, as well as the location of several dangerous logs. Eddies are small and difficult to catch. All except three drops can be scouted by boat. Whenever the run divides around an island, go left. Character: old growth; canyon.
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)

The North Fork offers exciting whitewater, superb scenery, and easy access. It flows into the Middle Fork Willamette River just below Westfir, near Oakridge. This section contains the Miracle Mile, a very steep, very tight, very technical section on which numerous professional and other hard-core kayakers have trained.

Although many rapids along the Miracle Mile are named, it is best run for the first few times with someone who knows the complex, twisty routes, as well as the location of several dangerous logs. Eddies are small and difficult to catch. All except three drops can be scouted by boat. Whenever the run divides around an island, go left. Character: old growth; canyon.

©  Pete Giordano & the Willamette Kayak and Canoe Club/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Westfir
Distance: 4
Class: Class IV-V
Season: Best in rainy season; Flow: 300 cfs; 800 cfs
Driving Directions: Directions to North Fork of the Middle Fork Willamette River: Miracle Mile through The Gorge

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May 2018