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Oregon whitewater, Horse Creek

Lane county, above Separation Creek to McKenzie River section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS III     11 miles
  This stretch of Horse Creek in Lane County is 11 miles long and has been determined by American Whitewater to be a class III section. The wonderful Oregon scenery and the beautiful way the water current moves down the stream will make you feel great. The average Oregon whitewater rafting or kayaking river tends to be a bit harder to master than those in other states, so better not forget that a large number of rivers in this state are not easy.
    The starting point is not too far from Bend, as you can see on the road map further down. Some people prefer whitewater rafting and some kayaking, either way this is an area with plenty of spots for that. This is one of
a small number of paddling sections in this river system, there are a few others too. If you hurry you can run this section in a day but why not make it an overnighter, so go ahead and pack your camp stove. The beauty of the Central Cascade Range is a great plus for this river. A good workout and just hanging out with mother nature will have you coming back for more. There arenít any hotels right nearby but if you're willing to drive a short  
distance then no problem and if you make reservations in advance you're all set. There are campgrounds quite near the river where you can camp.

Briefly about the general area:
During your trip to Horse Creek you'll meet some people from Blue River for sure; there's perfect hiking along the Saddle Trail. Not enough hours in a day to enjoy the Central Cascade Range. Don't leave Horse Creek without first paying a visit to Foley Hot Springs. The Frissell Point Trail offers hiking at its best. Horse Creek sees pretty high levels of rain. The wettest month of the year is commonly December, that's the one that rains the most while July is usually the driest month.

Horse Creek, above Separation Creek to McKenzie River 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 Horse Creek.
 Whitewater Near Horse Creek:
Whitewater Outfitter - High Country Expedition, -blank- County, 4 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Horse Creek, Lane County, 6 miles away
      Class III - 11 miles long (above Separation Creek to McKenzie River)
McKenzie River, Lane County, 7 miles away
      Class II-III - 40.7 miles long (Olallie Campground to Leaburg Dam)
McKenzie River - South Fork, Lane County, 9 miles away
      Class III-IV - 6.2 miles long (Dutch Oven Camp to Cougar Reservoir)
Blue River, Linn/ Lane County, 10 miles away
      Class IV-V - 4 miles long (Quentin Creek to Blue River Reservoir)
Lookout Creek, -blank- County, 10 miles away
      Class III-IV - 2.5 miles long (2.5 miles above Blue River to Blue River)
Whitewater Outfitter - Mc Kenzie River Adventures, Lane County, 12 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Quartz Creek, Lane County, 17 miles away
      Class II-IV - 5 miles long (Quartz Creek Road Mile 7.5 Bridge to Mile 2 Bridge)
Christy Creek, Lane County, 17 miles away
      Class III-V(V+) - 9 miles long (to Confluence with Willamette)
Santiam River - Middle, Linn County, 19 miles away
      Class III-IV - 15.5 miles long (Pyramid Creek to Green Peter Reservoir)
 Ski Areas Near Horse Creek:
Hoodoo, Oregon , 21 miles away, 1035 foot drop, 6 lifts, 30 runs
Willamette Pass, Oregon , 27 miles away, 1563 foot drop, 6 lifts, 29 runs
Mt. Bachelor, Oregon , 30 miles away, 3365 foot drop, 13 lifts, 71 runs
Mt. Hood Ski Bowl, Oregon , 62 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 9 lifts, 65 runs
Timberline Lodge, Oregon , 65 miles away, 3590 foot drop, 6 lifts, 32 runs
Mt. Hood Meadows, Oregon , 66 miles away, 2777 foot drop, 12 lifts, 87 runs
Cooper Spur, Oregon , 72 miles away, 500 foot drop, 2 lifts, 10 runs
 Hotels Near Horse Creek:
Best Western Oakridge Inn, Oakridge , 33 miles away
Best Western Ponderosa Lodge, Sisters , 38 miles away
Five Pine Lodge And Cabins, Sisters , 39 miles away
Sunriver Resort, Sunriver , 47 miles away
Best Western Newberry Station, La Pine , 47 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Horse Creek:
Paradise, Blue River, 2 miles away
Limberlost, Blue River, 3 miles away
Horse Creek, Blue River, 4 miles away
 Trails Near Horse Creek:
Saddle Trail, Lane , 2 miles away,  2.4 hiking miles, 1641 feet elevation difference
Frissell Point Trail, Lane , 4 miles away, 4.6 hiking miles, 3825 feet elevation difference
Tipsoo Trail, Lane , 5 miles away, 8.6 hiking miles, 2848 feet elevation difference
Olallie Trail, Lane , 6 miles away,  10.4 hiking miles, 735 feet elevation difference
Lookout Mountain Trail, Lane , 7 miles away, 1.6 hiking miles, 527 feet elevation difference
Pyramid Trail, Lane , 7 miles away,  8.8 hiking miles, 3174 feet elevation difference
Rebel Rock Trail, Lane , 8 miles away,  10.6 hiking miles, 3608 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near Horse Creek:
Crater Lake National Park, Crater Lake - OR , 62 miles away
Willamette National Forest, Oregon , 16 miles away
Cascadia State Park, Oregon , 29 miles away
Detroit Lake State Park, Oregon , 30 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Horse Creek:
Tokatee Golf Club, Blue River , 9 miles away
Golf Oregon, Vida , 18 miles away
 Lakes Near Horse Creek
Smith Reservoir, Linn , 9 miles away
Cougar Reservoir, Lane , 10 miles away
Kidney Lake, Lane , 15 miles away

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