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Oregon whitewater, Blue River

Linn Lane county, Quentin Creek to Blue River Reservoir section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS IV-V     4 miles
  The natural beauty of Oregon and the water flowing gracefully down Blue River beats anything. The starting location is a short drive from Albany-Lebanon, please print out a copy of the road map further down the page so you won’t get lost. The average Oregon whitewater rafting or kayaking river tends to be a bit harder to master than those in other states, so you'd better keep in mind that rivers here are less forgiving. A bit of exercise
    and just hanging out with mother nature are sure to keep you coming back for more. Whitewater paddling here in the Central Cascade Range is a great experience. There are a few other sections in this river system that can
be paddled as well. Some people prefer whitewater rafting and some kayaking, either way around here you'll find a large number of good places. This is a pretty decent length section, it's perfect for a one day trip. The campgrounds here at Blue River are pretty good. Not too many hotels nearby, you'll have to drive a bit to get to one, but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick. This section of Blue River is  
4 miles long and has been rated as a class IV-V section by American Whitewater.

Briefly about the general area:
Going to Willamette National Forest right next door to Blue River is a fine thing to do, and do take a hike on the Gold Hill Trail. And that's not all the things you can do here in the Central Cascade Range. At Blue River you always meet someone from Blue River; you can have a tremendous hiking adventure along the Three Creek Trail. This is such a wonderful river. Much rainfall falls at Blue River. The month of November is the wettest with most of the rain; July meanwhile is the driest month.

Blue River, Quentin Creek to Blue River Reservoir road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.

   

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OUTDOORS
These outdoors activities are available near Blue River.
 Whitewater Near Blue River:
Lookout Creek, -blank- County, 1 miles away
      Class III-IV - 2.5 miles long (2.5 miles above Blue River to Blue River)
Blue River, Linn/ Lane County, 2 miles away
      Class IV-V - 4 miles long (Quentin Creek to Blue River Reservoir)
Santiam River - South, Linn County, 10 miles away
      Class III-V+ - 16.5 miles long (Mountain House to Foster Reservoir)
Canyon Creek, -blank- County, 10 miles away
      Class V - 7 miles long (7 Mile Bridge to South Santiam River)
Quartz Creek, Lane County, 11 miles away
      Class II-IV - 5 miles long (Quartz Creek Road Mile 7.5 Bridge to Mile 2 Bridge)
McKenzie River - South Fork, Lane County, 13 miles away
      Class III-IV - 6.2 miles long (Dutch Oven Camp to Cougar Reservoir)
Whitewater Outfitter - High Country Expedition, -blank- County, 13 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
McKenzie River, Lane County, 14 miles away
      Class II-III - 40.7 miles long (Olallie Campground to Leaburg Dam)
Santiam River - Middle, Linn County, 15 miles away
      Class III-IV - 15.5 miles long (Pyramid Creek to Green Peter Reservoir)
Calapooia River, Linn County, 15 miles away
      Class IV - 9 miles long (22 miles above Holley to 13 Mile Bridge)
 Ski Areas Near Blue River:
Hoodoo, Oregon , 27 miles away, 1035 foot drop, 6 lifts, 30 runs
Willamette Pass, Oregon , 34 miles away, 1563 foot drop, 6 lifts, 29 runs
Mt. Bachelor, Oregon , 40 miles away, 3365 foot drop, 13 lifts, 71 runs
Mt. Hood Ski Bowl, Oregon , 63 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 9 lifts, 65 runs
Timberline Lodge, Oregon , 66 miles away, 3590 foot drop, 6 lifts, 32 runs
Mt. Hood Meadows, Oregon , 68 miles away, 2777 foot drop, 12 lifts, 87 runs
Cooper Spur, Oregon , 73 miles away, 500 foot drop, 2 lifts, 10 runs
 Hotels Near Blue River:
BEST WESTERN Oakridge Inn, Oakridge , 29 miles away
BEST WESTERN Ponderosa Lodge, Sisters , 47 miles away
Rodeway Inn & Suites, Sublimity , 48 miles away
Five Pine Lodge, Sisters , 49 miles away
BEST WESTERN PREMIER Boulder Falls Inn, Lebanon , 49 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Blue River:
Lookout, Blue River, 2 miles away
Mona, Blue River, 2 miles away
Holiday Farm RV Resort, Blue River, 3 miles away
 Trails Near Blue River:
Gold Hill Trail, Linn , 6 miles away,  4.2 hiking miles, 1073 feet elevation difference
Three Creek Trail, Linn , 7 miles away, 3.4 hiking miles, 2298 feet elevation difference
Frissell Point Trail, Lane , 7 miles away, 4.6 hiking miles, 3825 feet elevation difference
Lookout Mountain Trail, Lane , 8 miles away, 1.6 hiking miles, 527 feet elevation difference
Tipsoo Trail, Lane , 10 miles away, 8.6 hiking miles, 2848 feet elevation difference
Saddle Trail, Lane , 11 miles away,  2.4 hiking miles, 1641 feet elevation difference
Pyramid Trail, Lane , 12 miles away,  8.8 hiking miles, 3174 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near Blue River:
Crater Lake National Park, Crater Lake - OR , 66 miles away
Willamette National Forest, Oregon , 13 miles away
Cascadia State Park, Oregon , 18 miles away
Detroit Lake State Park, Oregon , 26 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Blue River:
Tokatee Golf Club, Blue River , 3 miles away
Golf Oregon, Vida , 9 miles away
 Lakes Near Blue River
Cougar Reservoir, Lane , 5 miles away
Blue River Lake, Lane , 7 miles away
Smith Reservoir, Linn , 14 miles away

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