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Oregon whitewater, Drift Creek

Lincoln county, Meadow Creek to 3 miles above mouth section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS II-III     17 miles
  The put-in location is a short drive from Corvallis, please print out a copy of the road map further down the page so you won’t get lost. Whitewater rafting and kayaking in Oregon is often tougher than elsewhere, so if you're visiting here do keep in mind that many of the rivers here are not very forgiving. The Meadow Creek to 3 miles above mouth stretch of Drift Creek is 17 miles long and is rated by American Whitewater as a class II-III
    section. The wonderful Lincoln County scenery and the playfulness of the water attract people from near and far. Great exercise and just hanging out with mother nature have people coming from far and near. This section has
enough mileage for an overnight trip, so why not pack your camp stove too. The Meadow Creek to 3 miles above mouth section is one of a few paddling sections in this river system. The Coast Ranges scenery is wonderful. The nearby hotels are a bit away from the river, and if you make reservations in advance you're all set. And of course, there are campgrounds nearby. You might be into whitewater rafting or kayaking or both, doesn't matter,  
this is an area with plenty of spots for that.

Briefly about the general area:
Ona Beach State Park is a good place to pop by; at Drift Creek you always meet someone from Tidewater. Man, is there heaps of exciting stuff to do in the Coast Ranges. South Beach State Park is a great spot; if you're looking for a beach nearby we recommend Ona Beach. A river like this is too good to miss. While you're here at Drift Creek you can take a hike along the Horse Creek Trail, and a good beach close by is Holly Beach. Drift Creek is a rather wet place regularly with a lot of rainfall. Through December this area sees the most rain; the driest month is July.

Drift Creek, Meadow Creek to 3 miles above mouth 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 Drift Creek.
 Whitewater Near Drift Creek:
Drift Creek, Lincoln County, 5 miles away
      Class II-III - 17 miles long (Meadow Creek to 3 miles above mouth)
Alsea River - North Fork, Benton/ Lincoln County, 21 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 6.5 miles long (Three Miles below Klickitat Lake to North Fork Bridge)
Alsea River, Benton/Lincoln County, 21 miles away
      Class I-II - 32 miles long (Mill Creek Park to Tidewater)
Lake Creek, Lane County, 22 miles away
      Class II-IV - 5.5 miles long (Deadwood Creek to Siuslaw River)
Siuslaw River, Lane County, 22 miles away
      Class II-III - 6.5 miles long (Lake Creek to Close to Mapleton)
Siletz River, Lincoln County, 22 miles away
      Class III-IV - 10.8 miles long (Elk Creek to Moonshine Park)
Alsea River - North Fork, Benton County, 25 miles away
      Class I - 5 miles long (North Fork Bridge to Mill Creek Park)
Alsea River - South Fork, Benton County, 30 miles away
      Class II-III - 6 miles long (Hubert McBee Memorial Park to Rock Quarry Weir)
 Marinas Near Drift Creek:
Kozy Kove Marina, Waldport , 3 miles away
Happy Landing RV Park and Marina, Waldport , 3 miles away
Oakland's Fish Camp & Marina, Waldport , 6 miles away
Criteser Moorage, Toledo , 6 miles away
King Silver RV Park and Marina, Waldport , 7 miles away
 Beaches Near Drift Creek:
Ona Beach, Lincoln , 11 miles away
Holly Beach, Lincoln , 11 miles away
Nye Beach, Lincoln , 13 miles away
Moolack Beach, Lincoln , 15 miles away
 Hotels Near Drift Creek:
Holiday Inn Express & Suites NEWPORT, Newport , 11 miles away
La Quinta Inn & Suites Newport, Newport , 12 miles away
The Landing At Newport, Newport , 12 miles away
Americas Best Value Inn Suites, Newport , 12 miles away
Rodeway Inn Newport, Newport , 12 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Drift Creek:
Kozy Kove Marina, Waldport, 3 miles away
Happy Landing RV Park and Marina, Waldport, 3 miles away
Taylor's Landing, Waldport, 3 miles away
 Trails Near Drift Creek:
Horse Creek Trail, Lincoln , 1 miles away, 12.5 hiking miles, 1926 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near Drift Creek:
Ona Beach State Park, Oregon , 11 miles away
South Beach State Park, Oregon , 12 miles away
Beachside State Park, Oregon , 12 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Drift Creek:
Olalla Valley Golf Course, Toledo , 10 miles away
Crestview Golf Club, Waldport , 10 miles away
Agate Beach Golf Course, Newport , 14 miles away
 Lakes Near Drift Creek
Big Creek Reservoir Number 2, Lincoln , 12 miles away

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