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Oregon whitewater, Canyon Creek

Douglas county, Confluence with Pass Creek to Steamboat Creek section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS III-IV     9 miles
  The wonderful Douglas County scenery and the sparkling of the sunlight on the water are in themselves reasons enough to come here to paddle. This section of Canyon Creek in Douglas County is 9 miles long and is a class III-IV section of whitewater according to American Whitewater. Since you're on this site you are probably into whitewater rafting or kayaking, either way in this general area you'll find lots of paddling places. The wild
    scenery of the Central Cascade Range is great. This river system has a few good paddling stretches and the Confluence with Pass Creek to Steamboat Creek section is one of them. And of course, there are campgrounds nearby.
The nearby hotels are a bit away from the river, but do book a room before you come because it is a very popular destination. This stretch has has enough mileage, suitable for an afternoon trip. The put-in location is a reasonable drive from Eugene-Springfield, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that. Whitewater rafting and kayaking in Oregon is often more difficult than elsewhere, so better not forget that many  
runs in this state are not easy. Great exercise and just being out on the river for a while will have you coming back for more.

Briefly about the general area:
Canyon Creek is right by the Williams Creek Trail, and hiking along the Mott Trail is glorious fun. But wait, there's more enjoyable things to do in the Central Cascade Range. Canyon Creek gets lots of water. Throughout the month of November you get the most rain around here while July is ordinarily the driest month. Summertime highs at Canyon Creek ordinarily tend to be in the 70's; through summer nights temperatures are in the 40's.

Canyon Creek, Confluence with Pass Creek to Steamboat Creek 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 Canyon Creek.
 Whitewater Near Canyon Creek:
Canyon Creek, Douglas County, 3 miles away
      Class III-IV - 9 miles long (Confluence with Pass Creek to Steamboat Creek)
Steamboat Creek, Douglas County, 7 miles away
      Class IV - 6 miles long (Steamboat Falls to Canton Creek Campground)
Little River, Douglas County, 9 miles away
      Class -blank- - 8 miles long (FS Road 165 to White Creek Campground)
Sharps Creek, Lane County, 11 miles away
      Class II-III - 7 miles long (7 mi above Layng Ck confluence)
Steamboat Creek, Douglas County, 11 miles away
      Class II+(IV) - 9.5 miles long (City Creek to Steamboat Falls)
Champion Creek, Lane County, 13 miles away
      Class IV-V - 1.1 miles long (Gorge 1 mile above Brice Creek to Brice Creek)
Brice Creek, Lane County, 13 miles away
      Class IV-V - 5 miles long (Champion Creek to Cedar Creek Campground)
Rock Creek, Douglas County, 15 miles away
      Class V+ - 5 miles long (Above Rock Creek Fish Hatchery)
Layng Creek, Lane County, 15 miles away
      Class IV - 5 miles long (Rujada Campground to Wildwood Falls)
Brice Creek, Lane County, 16 miles away
      Class IV-V - 4.5 miles long (Parker Falls to Champion Creek)
 Ski Areas Near Canyon Creek:
Willamette Pass, Oregon , 50 miles away, 1563 foot drop, 6 lifts, 29 runs
Mt. Ashland, Oregon , 66 miles away, 1195 foot drop, 4 lifts, 23 runs
Hoodoo, Oregon , 79 miles away, 1035 foot drop, 6 lifts, 30 runs
Mt. Bachelor, Oregon , 80 miles away, 3365 foot drop, 13 lifts, 71 runs
 Hotels Near Canyon Creek:
Best Western Oakridge Inn, Oakridge , 25 miles away
Village Green Resort, Cottage Grove , 29 miles away
Quality Inn Cottage Grove - Eugene South, Cottage Grove , 29 miles away
Best Western Cottage Grove Inn, Cottage Grove , 29 miles away
Comfort Inn & Suites Creswell, Creswell , 32 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Canyon Creek:
Scaredman Recreation Site, Culp Creek, 2 miles away
Canton Creek, Culp Creek, 3 miles away
Island - Steamboat, Culp Creek, 4 miles away
 Trails Near Canyon Creek:
Williams Creek Trail, Douglas , 4 miles away, 5.2 hiking miles, 2407 feet elevation difference
Mott Trail, Douglas , 5 miles away, 7 hiking miles, 3396 feet elevation difference
Leach Camp Trail, Douglas , 5 miles away, 1.1 hiking miles, 1608 feet elevation difference
Francis Way, Lane , 5 miles away,  .6 hiking miles, 136 feet elevation difference
Panther Trail, Douglas , 5 miles away, 9.3 hiking miles, 3150 feet elevation difference
China Creek Trail, Lane , 6 miles away, 1.5 hiking miles, 992 feet elevation difference
Pass Creek Trail, Douglas , 6 miles away, 3.9 hiking miles, 1839 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near Canyon Creek:
Crater Lake National Park, Crater Lake - OR , 49 miles away
Clyde Holliday State Park, Oregon , 15 miles away
Dexter State Park, Oregon , 26 miles away
Lowell State Park, Oregon , 27 miles away
 Lakes Near Canyon Creek
Gertrude Lake, Lane , 17 miles away

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