Jordan Creek Headwaters to Wilson River

Wilson River, Oregon

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Anyone who has run the Wilson River has driven by Jordan Creek. This tight technical creek is a great introduction to creek boating and can be run after a good rain or when the Wilson is over 7 feet. Lots of maneuvering and tight turns are required. Many of the drops are blind and rather precipitous and possibly blocked by logs. At low water, you will find several ledges with narrow slots, and at high water big holes are common. From the uppermost put-in, you are immediately confronted with a sharp 5-foot ledge in a small granite gorge. This ledge is very difficult to scout at river level and almost impossible to portage, and it develops a nasty hole at high water. Because of this, many boaters choose to put in somewhere downstream of the gorge. Below the gorge, fun, technical ledge drops are interspersed with calmer sections of river. The last mile of the run cannot be seen from the road and contains several big rapids. The scenery is excellent throughout the run, despite the presence of the road. Take out at the confluence with the Wilson, or continue down the Wilson for a few more good rapids. Character: forested.

Jordan Creek: Headwaters to Wilson River Professional Review and Guide

"Anyone who has run the Wilson River has driven by Jordan Creek. This tight technical creek is a great introduction to creek boating and can be run after a good rain or when the Wilson is over 7 feet. Lots of maneuvering and tight turns are required. Many of the drops are blind and rather precipitous and possibly blocked by logs. At low water, you will find several ledges with narrow slots, and at high water big holes are common. From the uppermost put-in, you are immediately confronted with a sharp 5-foot ledge in a small granite gorge.

This ledge is very difficult to scout at river level and almost impossible to portage, and it develops a nasty hole at high water. Because of this, many boaters choose to put in somewhere downstream of the gorge. Below the gorge, fun, technical ledge drops are interspersed with calmer sections of river. The last mile of the run cannot be seen from the road and contains several big rapids. The scenery is excellent throughout the run, despite the presence of the road. Take out at the confluence with the Wilson, or continue down the Wilson for a few more good rapids. Character: forested."

Activity Type: Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Wilson River
Distance: 7.5
Class: Class III-IV
Season: Best in rainy season; Flow: 150–500 cfs
Driving Directions: Directions to Jordan Creek: Headwaters to Wilson River

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May 2018