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Oregon whitewater, Fall Creek

Lane county, Portland Creek to Fall Creek Reservoir section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS III-IV     8 miles
  The starting location is a reasonable drive from Eugene-Springfield, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. The wonderful Oregon scenery and the water flowing gracefully down Fall Creek make the trip here worthwhile. The rivers for whitewater rafting and kayaking here in Oregon are often tougher than in other states, so better not forget that rivers here are less forgiving. No matter if you're whitewater
    rafting or kayaking around here you'll find a large number of good spots. If you're a camper you can camp at one of the great campgrounds nearby. Getting some good exercise and just hanging out with mother nature will have
you coming back for more. The Portland Creek to Fall Creek Reservoir stretch is one of a few paddling stretches in this river system. On this section you do get some distance, good for a one day paddling trip. The Portland Creek to Fall Creek Reservoir section of Fall Creek is 8 miles long and has been determined by American Whitewater to be a class III-IV section. The wild scenery of the Central Cascade Range is great. Not too many hotels  
nearby, you'll have to drive a bit to get to one, and if you make reservations in advance you're all set.

Briefly about the general area:
Don't leave Fall Creek without first going for a hike along the Cowhorn Trail. Fall Creek State Park is a tremendous place to stop by on a pretty day, and there are pleasant places to discover along the Johnny Creek Nature Trail. This is such a great river. During your visit to Fall Creek you'll meet some folks from Fall Creek for sure; you positively have to pop by Lowell State Park if you're here. Fall Creek is a wet spot that gets lots of rain.

Fall Creek, Portland Creek to Fall Creek Reservoir 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 Fall Creek.
 Whitewater Near Fall Creek:
Winberry Creek, Lane County, 3 miles away
      Class III+(V) - 4 miles long (South / North Fork Confluence to Forest Service bridge)
Fall Creek, Lane County, 6 miles away
      Class III-IV - 8 miles long (Portland Creek to Fall Creek Reservoir)
McKenzie River, Lane County, 9 miles away
      Class II - 24 miles long (Leaburg Dam to Hayden Bridge)
Fall Creek, Lane County, 9 miles away
      Class I-II - 5 miles long (Fall Creek Dam to Willamette River)
Willamette River - Middle Fork, Lane County, 13 miles away
      Class II - 10.8 miles long (Dexter Dam to confluence with Coast Fork Willamette)
Whitewater Outfitter - Oregon Whitewater Adventures, Lane County, 13 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Layng Creek, Lane County, 15 miles away
      Class IV - 5 miles long (Rujada Campground to Wildwood Falls)
Calapooia River, Linn County, 16 miles away
      Class III - 9.5 miles long (13 miles above Holley to Concrete Bridge)
Brice Creek, Lane County, 16 miles away
      Class IV-V - 5 miles long (Champion Creek to Cedar Creek Campground)
Champion Creek, Lane County, 17 miles away
      Class IV-V - 1.1 miles long (Gorge 1 mile above Brice Creek to Brice Creek)
 Ski Areas Near Fall Creek:
Willamette Pass, Oregon , 44 miles away, 1563 foot drop, 6 lifts, 29 runs
Hoodoo, Oregon , 57 miles away, 1035 foot drop, 6 lifts, 30 runs
Mt. Bachelor, Oregon , 65 miles away, 3365 foot drop, 13 lifts, 71 runs
Mt. Hood Ski Bowl, Oregon , 90 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 9 lifts, 65 runs
Timberline Lodge, Oregon , 93 miles away, 3590 foot drop, 6 lifts, 32 runs
Mt. Ashland, Oregon , 94 miles away, 1195 foot drop, 4 lifts, 23 runs
Mt. Hood Meadows, Oregon , 95 miles away, 2777 foot drop, 12 lifts, 87 runs
 Hotels Near Fall Creek:
Best Western Oakridge Inn, Oakridge , 14 miles away
Comfort Inn & Suites Creswell, Creswell , 27 miles away
Super 8 Creswell/South Eugene, Creswell , 27 miles away
Broadway Inn Downtown, Eugene , 28 miles away
Crossland Eugene Springfield, Springfield , 29 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Fall Creek:
Dolly Varden, Fall Creek, 0 miles away
Broken Bowl, Fall Creek, 1 miles away
Big Pool, Fall Creek, 2 miles away
 Trails Near Fall Creek:
Johnny Creek Nature Trail, Lane , 4 miles away, 0.9 hiking miles, 992 feet elevation difference
Cowhorn Trail, Lane , 6 miles away, 0.9 hiking miles, 194 feet elevation difference
Cabin Creek Trail, Lane , 7 miles away, 2.1 hiking miles, 1792 feet elevation difference
Sourgrass Trail, Lane , 7 miles away, 1.8 hiking miles, 911 feet elevation difference
Hardesty Trail, Lane , 7 miles away, 4.4 hiking miles, 3383 feet elevation difference
Cloverpatch Trail, Lane , 8 miles away, 3.3 hiking miles, 1327 feet elevation difference
Eagles Rest Trail, Lane , 9 miles away,  4.4 hiking miles, 1570 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near Fall Creek:
Crater Lake National Park, Crater Lake - OR , 63 miles away
Fall Creek State Park, Oregon , 9 miles away
Lowell State Park, Oregon , 12 miles away
Dexter State Park, Oregon , 13 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Fall Creek:
McKenzie River Golf Course, Walterville , 8 miles away
Circle Bar Golf Club, Westfir , 15 miles away
 Lakes Near Fall Creek
Lookout Point Lake, Lane , 9 miles away
Fall Creek Lake, Lane , 9 miles away
Dexter Reservoir, Lane , 13 miles away

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