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Old 03-20-2013   #1
 
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Oregon kayaking ideas?

My wife and I are planning a two week roadtrip around Oregon the last half of May. We're scouting for a possible re-locate from the Denver area, but we're also gonna hit up some hiking/camping/floating while we're out there..

The only mandatory stops on our list right now are Bend, Salem, Corvallis, and Eugene. Everything else is open and unplanned as of right now.

Does anyone know of any great, can't miss class II+/III- daylong kayaking floats? We're looking more for scenic than difficult or technical on this trip...

Any ideas are appreciated! We don't know the area at all. Thanks!

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Ya might look into the Clackamas out of Estacadia just a bit south of Portland. Maybe even hike into bagby
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Klackamas which is northern, or east of Portland and an abundance of ww opportunity. Maybe get good info off of wet planet which is located nearby. Also on border of wa which has lots of paddling in that area. Or Ashland area close to the rogue river. Probably worth checking out on your way up north! Have fun!
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Crater lake! A must.
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The McKenzie and the Umpqua outside of Eugene both have great class III runs. Plus tons of stuff in the coastal range west of Salem and Corvallis. Pick up a copy of Soggy Sneakers.
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Lotsa great folks on the pdx list, hit the locals for beta pr a crew.

So many options! Clackamas, McKenzie, Umpqua, and lots of off the beaten path smaller runs.
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Klackamas which is northern, or east of Portland and an abundance of ww opportunity.
OK, maybe not directly south but but not directly east as well. Let us split the difference and say south-east of Portland. However, it is Clackamas with a "C" if you choose to find more info on the web. Fish creek run is a good place to start.
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The Clack is roadside! If you want scenic, I recommend heading to Opal creek and doing some hiking up to the Cascadia de los Ninos through a sweet old growth forest, then on the way back out you could put in below Salmon Falls and do some mellow class 2-3 paddling on the Little North Santiam. Also, it's between Corvallis and Bend on hwy 22.
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In the Portland area my classic III/III+ are:
Clackamas - Three Linx to Bob's or Fish creek to Bob's if you are short on time. There is a Fish to Bob's group that heads out on Wednesdays after work from May to Sept, known as the Carnage Run. It is posted on pdxkayaker
Sandy - Revenue Bridge to Dodge Park
White Salmon - BZ Corner to Husum Falls
Hood River - Tucker Bridge to the Marina or Dee to Tucker Bridge
Kalama - Red barn section is about 45 minutes north of Portland

Harder to hit rivers in the Portland area, but well worth it if they are in:
Wilson River - Devil's Lake Fork
Eagle Creek - There are two sections, both fun. both have one waterfall which can be run or portaged. For a fun day run both sections in one go.

As said before, follow the pdxkayaker yahoo group. There is typically a get out and paddle group that leaves from Next Adventure in Portland once a month. Kayak Shed in Hood River also has weekly group paddle trips.
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Ya might look into the Clackamas out of Estacadia just a bit south of Portland. Maybe even hike into bagby
Thanks man. Bagby looks pretty sweet, I think that's going on the list. And it appears lots of people are plugging the Clackamas. I'll have to do some more research on some of those runs.

Anyone have info on good outfitters that have decent rates for a day rental? Might be worth it instead of lugging our boats with us for one or two floats..
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