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I just recently moved to Oregon and I'm actually looking to go to school eventually at OSU but before I do I have to finish my basics. I'm looking at community colleges cuz its so much cheaper. I guess I'm just wondering from anyone who has adventured out this way or actually lives here what are the best cities for paddling that have a junior college? It seems most of the colleges offer the AAOT which will transfer over. Anyone have any suggestions or thoughts of some good spots other then Portland which is obvious that has a cc as well as a pretty good paddling scene? I'm looking at Bend, OR a little but can't find any info does anyone know if this city is alright or have any other suggestions?

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Bend is great. There is also Lane Community College (LCC). It is very close to the U of O. The university runs a lot of trips through the OP and there is a fantastic formal Outoor Pursuits Program there. I'll never forget taking their vans to Moab and sleeping under Hale-Bop's meteor showers... anywho - they have a lot of gear and recources which brings people together and makes things happen.
 

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My impression/experience of boating in the Bend area is that there some good runs but not a lot of variety. For variety you'll be spending some time behind the wheel headed over the Cascades to the wetter west side.
In the Bend area, the Deschutes river is the boating staple but is all but drained for irrigation below the Meadow Camp run from Apr to mid-October dewatering two of the class 4 runs (Riverhouse & Canyon runs {i'm a big fan of both of these runs}) but leaves the short class 3 Big Eddy & the class 4(5) Meadow Camp running as they are above the most of the irrigation diversion. In big snowpack years the Crooked has what friends have told me is a epic big water class 4(5) run and the Metoilius outside of Sisters has a fun class 3 run with a looong dusty shuttle and wood hazards and if 5/5+ is your game friends of mine say it can be had on Tumolo Ck.
I don't ski but it's pretty well understood that Bend has great skiing.
Lots of paddling in my neck of the woods; the Rogue Valley, pretty active community of boaters and there are two colleges; Rouge Valley Comm. College and Southern Oregon University.
 

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My impression/experience of boating in the Bend area is that there some good runs but not a lot of variety. For variety you'll be spending some time behind the wheel headed over the Cascades to the wetter west side.
In the Bend area, the Deschutes river is the boating staple but is all but drained for irrigation below the Meadow Camp run from Apr to mid-October dewatering two of the class 4 runs (Riverhouse & Canyon runs {i'm a big fan of both of these runs}) but leaves the short class 3 Big Eddy & the class 4(5) Meadow Camp running as they are above the most of the irrigation diversion. In big snowpack years the Crooked has what friends have told me is a epic big water class 4(5) run and the Metoilius outside of Sisters has a fun class 3 run with a looong dusty shuttle and wood hazards and if 5/5+ is your game friends of mine say it can be had on Tumolo Ck.
I don't ski but it's pretty well understood that Bend has great skiing.
Lots of paddling in my neck of the woods; the Rogue Valley, pretty active community of boaters and there are two colleges; Rouge Valley Comm. College and Southern Oregon University.
You are most likely trying to find a school on the West coast, but Richmond Virginia has a great whitewater community. You can boat every day on the James and West Virginia is just a short drive away.
 

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Thanks, I've heard Ashland is a pretty sweet town what kind of paddling does the bend and rogue area offer are they more river running or creeking or all sorts of variety? I'm about a III-IV paddler but wanting to step it up by getting on the water as much as possible.

Thanks for the input man I do hear Virginia has some sweet spots but considering I just moved to Oregon just a few months ago from NC I should prob stick it out here haha. I do appreciate the advice tho.
 

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Anywhere in the Willamette Valley is a good boating scene. Lane CC in Eugene is a really strong CC - my wife is still wishing she had as good a course book to choose from. Natural play spots in town as well as up on the McKenzie which has lots of raftable runs. Great kayaking on the Willamette and Lake Creek near town. Fairly short drive to much more.
If you're looking for boating, I wouldn't go for Bend. If you want a dry climate for skiing and mountain biking, then Bend is great.
If you think you're going to end up at OSU, I think Lynn-Benton CC is pretty good as well and you could start getting into the Corvailis boating scene.
 

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Get ahold of a guidebook called soggy sneakers. It gives you all of the good runs in the state. I would either look at eugene or Hood river as places to live. Both places offer a better variety for boating than either ashland or bend.
 

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The Willamette Valley is a good choice whether it be Eugene or Corvallis. There are a ton of great runs within an hour and a half radius of Albany/Corvallis. Breightenbush river (sp?), Quartzville Creek, Little NF Santiam, Upper North or South Santiam, Upper Siletz, Lake Creek, Drift Creek, and many more I'm sure I'm missing. All Class III to IV with the occassional V depending on levels.
 

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I don't know what courses it offers, but the CC in Hood River would be my first choice for paddling while pretending to go to college. Lane in Eugene and Mt. Hood in Gresham would also be super solid. You'll find very large boater communities in Portland and Hood River, and solid crews in Corvallis, Salem and Eugene. I don't know about the Ashland area kayakers (I just haven't paddled there), but I know the rafting scene is huge down there.

What are you studying? Both OSU and UO offer good Outdoor Program opportunities depending on whether you are more of an engineer or more of a writer. Both have business schools; OSU to catch the engineer fallout and UO for the liberal arts kids that wised up.

U of O's OP was my entry to whitewater. Now I can't park in my garage between the raft, skis and kayaks. Fortunately, their Business School set me up for a string of good jobs and I can afford to be a gear whore. :)
 

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Well I'm looking at going into engineering so its either osu or Portland state that offer the environmental side of those degrees. I hear Portland and the hood are where its the best but have been told its quite difficult to find work and if you do the prices being so much higher its difficult to support yourself? But I don't know like I said I just moved here and that's all hear say. I've also been told psu in pdx and sou in Ashland are in the top paddling colleges list so I'm assuming there is a good paddling scene in both communities but that's what this post is for to get as much insight as possible so I appreciate all the feedback.
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If you can get in, go to OSU in Corvallis. The paddling scene is good there, and you'll get by for a couple of years while you set yourself up for the rest of your life. PSU and SOU are decidedly Tier 2 schools in this state, and more like Tier 3 nationwide. You don't want that if you can avoid it.

As for the JC side, there is enough work in Portland to get by as a college kid. Corvallis, Eugene and HR are a lot tougher to find work in.
 

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Boating in the Rogue Valley

Thanks, I've heard Ashland is a pretty sweet town what kind of paddling does the bend and rogue area offer are they more river running or creeking or all sorts of variety? I'm about a III-IV paddler but wanting to step it up by getting on the water as much as possible.

Thanks for the input man I do hear Virginia has some sweet spots but considering I just moved to Oregon just a few months ago from NC I should prob stick it out here haha. I do appreciate the advice tho.
The Rogue valley/State of Jefferson has every kind of boating (class 1-5, creeks, rivers and overnight wilderness trips) especially in late fall, winter, spring and early summer. The standard rivers and their respective tribs. on the hit list include the Rogue & it's NF, Illinois, Smith, Umpqua, Saramento, Klamath, Scott, McCloud, Applegate, Trinity, Chetco, Coquille and Cal Salmon. There is more diving down here in the south part of the state as compared to the Willamette Valley though and as the saying goes around here; 'the best class 5 in So. Oregon is in Ca'.
 

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Do you all have any thoughts on the paddling in Oregon city (clackamas community college) or The Dalles (Columbia Gorge community college)?
 

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Are the runs mainly river and bigger water or creeking style on the rogue?
The Rogue Valley/State of Jefferson is pretty much a class 3/4 heaven for boating, both creeking, river-running and playboating. The boating runs we do by season are:
mid summer until the rain starts; Lower Rogue class 3 overnight, NF Rogue class 3-4+ creeky, Upper Klamath river running class 4-4+, lower Klamath playspots schoolhouse & Bronco, Middle Rogue playrun class 2+to 4, N. Umpqua class 3, Upper McCloud scenic class 3 river-running, Trinity Burnt Ranch Gorge 4+ to 5-, All of these runs go 365 days a year.
When it starts to rain (late Oct-mid Nov) we head over to the Smith in N. Ca. for the great natural flows, water quality & warmer winter temps. The Smith has every kind of boating imaginable from class 5 creeks to class 2+ river runs to committing wilderness hike-ins and everything in between with the NF wilderness class 3/4 run being the must do run. If we get a warm rain in winter the options are in the many dozens of runs
Snowmelt season starts in late March and lasts until mid June, options are too many to list... most major watersheds will have anywhere from 2 to 12 runs going depending on the state of the melt. Being a class 4 boater my favs are; Box canyon on the Sac., overnight trip on the Illinois, Squaw Valley creek into the Lower McCloud, and on and on...
I have not done enough boating in the Willamette Valley but I have run Opal Creek a few times and I dare say that's the best class 4 in Oregon. For playboating I've run Lake Creek outside of Florence a bit too and it's gotta be the best playrun in the state or more likely one of the best anywhere.
 

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There is good boating all up and down western oregon, if you are looking at schooling, pick the best school that fits your needs, there will be boating opportunities regardless. I vote Lynn-Benton cc, but I went to OSU so I am biased. There is a lot of boating within 1 hour of town. Canyon Creek yo!
 
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