Sandy River Zigzag to Marmot Bridge

Zigzag, Oregon

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The river flows through a broad valley with an almost constant gradient. The sandy bottom gives the river its name, and the boulders give the river its rapids. Areas without boulders form fast-moving pools. The dynamic nature of this type of riverbed makes describing individual rapids pointless. Each minor flood changes the rapids somewhat and may change the locations of deep channels and the best paddling routes. A major flood may completely change the river. The most difficult rapids are at the top of the run where the river is steepest.

Sandy River: Zigzag to Marmot Bridge Professional Review and Guide

"The river flows through a broad valley with an almost constant gradient. The sandy bottom gives the river its name, and the boulders give the river its rapids. Areas without boulders form fast-moving pools. The dynamic nature of this type of riverbed makes describing individual rapids pointless.

Each minor flood changes the rapids somewhat and may change the locations of deep channels and the best paddling routes. A major flood may completely change the river. The most difficult rapids are at the top of the run where the river is steepest."

Activity Type: Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Zigzag
Distance: 7
Class: Class II-III
Season: Best in rainy/snowmelt season; Flow: 700–2000 cfs; 2000+ cfs
Driving Directions: Directions to Sandy River: Zigzag to Marmot Bridge

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