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Curry county, Slate Creek to Elk River Hatchery section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS III-IV     6.5 miles
  The scenic beauty of Curry County and the sparkling of the sunlight on the water are reasons enough to come here and paddle. The put-in is not too far from Brookings, as you can see on the road map further down. This stretch of Elk River in Curry County is 6.5 miles long and is a class III-IV section of whitewater according to American Whitewater. You can pitch a tent or park your RV at a nearby campground. When you're paddling down a Coast
    Ranges river like this one you always get great scenery along the way too. This section is long enough to enjoy a good non stop paddle, it's perfect for a one day trip. Some people prefer whitewater rafting and some kayaking,
either way there are not so many other good places for that around here. If you've been out of state whitewater rafting and kayaking you might find the rivers here more demanding, so don't forget that a large number of rivers in this state are not easy. There arenít any hotels right nearby but if you're willing to drive a short distance then no problem but if you donít have reservations you might end up sleeping in your car. A bit of exercise  
and spending some quality time in nature are great reasons to come. This river system has a few good paddling sections and the Slate Creek to Elk River Hatchery section is one of them.

Briefly about the general area:
While you're here at Elk River you will meet lots of people from nearby Sixes, and there is a fine hiking trail nearby called the Grassy Knob Trail. All year is a fine time in the Coast Ranges if you go for the outdoors. A day at Arizona Beach in the neighborhood of Elk River is time well spent, and don't leave without popping by Humbug Mountain State Park.

Elk River, Slate Creek to Elk River Hatchery road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.


Detailed Map

Stats for this river stretch

Local weather forecast

These outdoors activities are available near Elk River.
 Whitewater Near Elk River:
Elk River, Curry County, 3 miles away
      Class III-IV - 6.5 miles long (Slate Creek to Elk River Hatchery)
Whitewater Outfitter - Rose City Wood Products, Coos County, 20 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Coquille River - South Fork, Coos County, 23 miles away
      Class II-IV - 6.3 miles long (2 Miles Above Powers to Baker Creek)
Coquille River - South Fork, Coos County, 23 miles away
      Class II-IV - 7.7 miles long (South Fork Bridge to Myrtle Grove)
Coquille River - South Fork, Coos County, 24 miles away
      Class IV-V - 5.5 miles long (Myrtle Grove Camp Ground to Milepost 3)
 Beaches Near Elk River:
Arizona Beach, Curry , 6 miles away
Ophir Beach, Curry , 9 miles away
Agate Beach, Curry , 10 miles away
Wakeman Beach, Curry , 13 miles away
Agate Beach, Curry , 13 miles away
 Hotels Near Elk River:
Jot's Resort, Gold Beach , 17 miles away
Pacific Reef Resort, Gold Beach , 17 miles away
BEST WESTERN Inn At Face Rock, Bandon , 19 miles away
Sunset Oceanfront Lodging, Bandon , 20 miles away
Bandon Inn, Bandon , 20 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Elk River:
McGribble Campground, Curry County, 2 miles away
Sunshine Bar, Sixes, 4 miles away
Humbug Mountain State Park, Port Orford, 6 miles away
 Trails Near Elk River:
Grassy Knob Trail, Curry , 3 miles away, 3.5 hiking miles, 1573 feet elevation difference
Mountain Wells Trail, Curry , 17 miles away, 4.7 hiking miles, 625 feet elevation difference
Lower River Trail, Curry , 20 miles away, 6.1 hiking miles, 779 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near Elk River:
Redwood National and State Parks, Crescent City - CA , 50 miles away
Oregon Caves National Monument, Cave Junction - OR , 60 miles away
Humbug Mountain State Park, Oregon , 5 miles away
Port Orford Heads State Park, Oregon , 10 miles away
Cape Blanco State Park, Oregon , 13 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Elk River:
Cedar Bend Golf Course, Gold Beach , 9 miles away
Bandon Crossings, Bandon , 16 miles away
Bandon Face Rock Golf Course, Bandon , 19 miles away
 Lakes Near Elk River
Laurel Lake, Coos , 16 miles away

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