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Oregon whitewater, Marys River

Benton county, Wren to Philomath section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS I-II     10.5 miles
 
A friend and I have done the Wren to Philomath stretch a few times in the past few weeks. It's mid-January, but it's been dry for a few weeks, so the water level at the Philomath gauge is around 5. 5 feet. Neither of us have much whitewater experience and we're both paddling open canoes, but we haven't had too much difficulty navigating the rapids.

The more dangerous part, to my mind, begins once you get down into Philomath, because
    the brush on the banks gets a lot denser and there are lots of strainers and logjams.

There is one rapid that we elected to not run, which is about a quarter of a mile downriver from the Highway 20 crossing at the
Marys River Lumbermill (just West of Philomath). The kind folks who owned the adjacent property let us portage through their backyard (river left), but the portage to the right looked maybe just as good.

I've also paddled from 53rd street in far Southwest Corvallis down to the Willamette, and had a lot of fun with it, but there are a couple of major logjams you should be prepared for. Give yourself a lot of time. Says Trevor

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one paddle from Philomath to the Wilammet?  I paddeled up the Mary's from Avery park to about Corvallis city limits. Says Mike

The natural beauty of Benton County and the cool fresh water make the trip here worthwhile. Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in Oregon tend to be more challenging than the national average, so if you're visiting here do keep in mind that the rivers in this state are less manageable. The Wren to Philomath stretch of Marys River is 10.5 miles long and is a class I-II section of whitewater according to American Whitewater. You can pitch a tent or park your RV at a nearby campground.

Marys River, Wren to Philomath road map
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OUTDOORS
These outdoors activities are available near Marys River.
 Whitewater Near Marys River:
Marys River, Benton County, 2 miles away
      Class I-II - 10.5 miles long (Wren to Philomath)
Whitewater Outfitter - River RUN Oregon, Benton County, 7 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Alsea River - North Fork, Benton County, 13 miles away
      Class I - 5 miles long (North Fork Bridge to Mill Creek Park)
Alsea River - South Fork, Benton County, 13 miles away
      Class II-III - 6 miles long (Hubert McBee Memorial Park to Rock Quarry Weir)
Whitewater Outfitter - Caster's Guide Service, Benton County, 14 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Alsea River - North Fork, Benton/ Lincoln County, 16 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 6.5 miles long (Three Miles below Klickitat Lake to North Fork Bridge)
Alsea River, Benton/Lincoln County, 17 miles away
      Class I-II - 32 miles long (Mill Creek Park to Tidewater)
Mill Creek, Polk/Yamhill County, 21 miles away
      Class I-II - 7 miles long (Buell County Park to Yamhill River)
Mill Creek, Polk County, 21 miles away
      Class III-IV - 5.6 miles long (Upper Bridge to Mill Creek County Park)
Siletz River, Lincoln County, 28 miles away
      Class III-IV - 10.8 miles long (Elk Creek to Moonshine Park)
 Hotels Near Marys River:
Hilton Garden Inn Corvallis, Corvallis , 9 miles away
Days Inn Corvallis, Corvallis , 10 miles away
Econo Lodge Corvallis, Corvallis , 10 miles away
Comfort Suites Corvallis, Corvallis , 10 miles away
Rodeway Inn Willamette River, Corvallis , 10 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Marys River:
Philomath Frolic and Rodeo Grounds, Philomath, 3 miles away
Benton Oaks RV and Campground, Corvallis, 6 miles away
Corvallis Mobile Home Park, Corvallis, 6 miles away
 Public Lands Near Marys River:
Siuslaw National Forest, Oregon , 8 miles away
Ellmaker State Park, Oregon , 16 miles away
Sarah Helmick State Park, Oregon , 16 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Marys River:
Trysting Tree Golf Club, Corvallis , 11 miles away
 Lakes Near Marys River
Corvallis Reservoir, Benton , 5 miles away

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