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Oregon whitewater, Butte Creek

Clackamas Marion county, Fault Line to Oregon 213 section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS III-IV     7.5 miles
  Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in Oregon are harder than the national norm, so you'd better keep in mind that many of the rivers here are not very forgiving. The put-in location is a reasonable drive from Salem, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. 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. For all you camping people there are campgrounds nearby. No matter if you're whitewater rafting or kayaking there are lots of good spots for that around here. A bit of exercise and a chance to
spend some time outdoors will have you coming back for more. The beautiful scenery of Clackamas/ Marion County and the cool fresh water make the trip here worthwhile. This stretch of Butte Creek in Clackamas/ Marion County is 7.5 miles long and has been rated as a class III-IV section by American Whitewater. This stretch is mid length, suitable for an afternoon trip. There are a few other stretches in this river system that can be paddled  
as well.

Briefly about the general area:
There are plenty of people from Scotts Mills here at Butte Creek; places like North Santiam State Park are good to explore. Silver Falls State Park is a great place to stretch your legs a bit. From a rainfall point of view Butte Creek is a quite normal place. December is the month that gets the most rain while July is the month with the least amount of precipitation. Throughout the warmest time of the year highs here at Butte Creek get into the 80's. Once the sun is down it descends down to the 50's. High temperatures during the wintertime are normally in the 40's with temperatures at Butte Creek dipping down into the 30's through winter nights.

Butte Creek, Fault Line to Oregon 213 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 Butte Creek.
 Whitewater Near Butte Creek:
Butte Creek, Clackamas/ Marion County, 2 miles away
      Class III-IV - 7.5 miles long (Fault Line to Oregon 213)
Silver Creek, Marion County, 8 miles away
      Class IV(V) - 8 miles long (Silver Falls State Park to Silver Creek Reservoir)
Silver Creek, Marion County, 8 miles away
      Class V+ - 2 miles long (North Falls to Lower putin)
Molalla River, Clackamas County, 10 miles away
      Class II-IV - 13 miles long (Table Rock Fork to Glen Avon Bridge)
Abiqua Creek, Marion County, 10 miles away
      Class II-III - 7.5 miles long (Abiqua Falls to Abiqua Road)
Whitewater Outfitter - Reachout Expeditions, Clackamas County, 11 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Whitewater Outfitter - Oregon River Experiences, Clackamas County, 17 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Whitewater Outfitter - YD Adventures, Washington County, 18 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Thomas Creek, Linn County, 18 miles away
      Class II - 9.6 miles long (Log Bridge to Hannah Bridge)
Mollala River - North Fork, Clackamas County, 18 miles away
      Class V - 6 miles long (Dead Horse Canyon Creek Bridge to Mollola River)
 Ski Areas Near Butte Creek:
Hoodoo, Oregon , 63 miles away, 1035 foot drop, 6 lifts, 30 runs
Mt. Hood Ski Bowl, Oregon , 64 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 9 lifts, 65 runs
Timberline Lodge, Oregon , 67 miles away, 3590 foot drop, 6 lifts, 32 runs
Mt. Hood Meadows, Oregon , 71 miles away, 2777 foot drop, 12 lifts, 87 runs
Cooper Spur, Oregon , 76 miles away, 500 foot drop, 2 lifts, 10 runs
Willamette Pass, Oregon , 83 miles away, 1563 foot drop, 6 lifts, 29 runs
Mt. Bachelor, Oregon , 85 miles away, 3365 foot drop, 13 lifts, 71 runs
 Marinas Near Butte Creek:
Clemens Marina, Gladstone , 17 miles away
 Hotels Near Butte Creek:
Canby Country Inn, Canby , 11 miles away
Quality Inn Wilsonville, Wilsonville , 14 miles away
Rodeway Inn & Suites, Sublimity , 14 miles away
GuestHouse Inn & Suites Wilson, Wilsonville , 14 miles away
Best Western Wilsonville Inn & Suites, Wilsonville , 15 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Butte Creek:
Silver Falls State Park, -blank-, 8 miles away
Park Campground, Marion County, 9 miles away
Camp Dakota, Scotts Mills, 9 miles away
 Trails Near Butte Creek:
Pine Crest Trail, Clackamas , 19 miles away,  8.6 hiking miles, 783 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near Butte Creek:
Silver Falls State Park, Oregon , 7 miles away
North Santiam State Park, Oregon , 13 miles away
Molalla River State Park, Oregon , 14 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Butte Creek:
Ranch Hills Golf Club, Mulino , 11 miles away
Evergreen Golf Course, Mount Angel , 11 miles away
Willamette Valley Country Club, Canby , 12 miles away
 Lakes Near Butte Creek
Willamette Falls Hydroelectric Power Reservoir, Clackamas , 15 miles away
Timothy Lake, Clackamas , 18 miles away
Lake Oswego, Clackamas , 18 miles away

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