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Wilson River: Milepost 15 to Milepost 8 Boat Ramp Professional Review and Guide
"The Wilson River flows through some beautiful sunless canyons where spectacular hues of green and yellow lichens cover the trees and rocks. The clean white bark of the young alder trees contrasts with the large green Sitka spruces and red maples. Before the trees leaf out in the spring, young saplings and flowers can be seen growing from the thick moss of the tree limbs. This beauty can be enjoyed by boaters drifting in the glassy reflective pools and flat water between the rapids. Oregon 6, never more than 0.5 mile from the river, and the homes overlooking the river do not detract from the scenery. One does not realize that the drifting speed is 4 to 7 miles per hour until one looks through the crystal-clear water to see the colored rocks flashing by. This run becomes more difficult as the flows increase above 1500 cfs. Beginner boaters will want to use the put-in at milepost 12 to avoid the harder rapids upstream. Character: forested."
--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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