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Oregon whitewater, Klamath River

Klamath county, Keno Dam to JC Boyle Reservoir section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS III     5.5 miles
This was an awsome trip, in June! In september it is a gree moropse of slime covered rocks. They are talking of removing the lower dams. They should remove ALL the dams! Says Doug Bourcy

There are two campgroungd on this section of the river.† The power company camp ground is at the start at Keno Dam.† At the end of this river section you will find a very nice camp ground operated by the BLM.† ''Topsy''.† This
    section of the river gets prety low in the late summer.† For more specific information, the ''Ledge'' in Flamath Falls can give you prety curent information. Says Douglas Bourcy

The Keno Dam to JC Boyle Reservoir
section of Klamath River in Klamath County is 5.5 miles long and has been rated as a class III section by American Whitewater. If you've been whitewater rafting and kayaking outside Oregon you might find the rivers here a bit more challenging, so keep in mind that the rivers in this state are less manageable. The wonderful Klamath County scenery and the cool fresh water have people coming here. You might have to settle for a hotel a bit  
away from the river if you want to stay the night, but if you donít have reservations you might end up sleeping in your car. This river system is full of great paddling stretches, the Keno Dam to JC Boyle Reservoir stretch is just one of them. The put-in location is a short drive from Klamath Falls, as you can see on the road map further down. Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking in this general area you won't find many other paddling places. Great exercise and a chance to spend some time outdoors will make you glad you came. For all you camping people there are campgrounds nearby.

Klamath River, Keno Dam to JC Boyle 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 Klamath River.
 Whitewater Near Klamath River:
Klamath River, Klamath County, 3 miles away
      Class III - 5.5 miles long (Keno Dam to JC Boyle Reservoir)
Klamath River, Klamath County, 5 miles away
      Class IV+ - 5 miles long (JC Boyle Dam to Powerhouse)
Trask River, Klamath County, 7 miles away
      Class IV-V - 15 miles long (John Boyle Power Plant to Copco Lake)
Klamath River, Klamath County, 7 miles away
      Class III-IV+ - 17 miles long (JC Boyle Powerhouse to Copco Reservoir)
Jenny Creek, Jackson / Siskiyou County, 27 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 14 miles long (Ashland Oregon to Iron Gate Reservoir California)
 Ski Areas Near Klamath River:
Mount Shasta, California , 45 miles away, 1390 foot drop, 5 lifts, 32 runs
Mt. Ashland, Oregon , 50 miles away, 1195 foot drop, 4 lifts, 23 runs
Willamette Pass, Oregon , 75 miles away, 1563 foot drop, 6 lifts, 29 runs
Mt. Bachelor, Oregon , 98 miles away, 3365 foot drop, 13 lifts, 71 runs
 Marinas Near Klamath River:
Pelican Marina, Klamath Falls , 13 miles away
 Hotels Near Klamath River:
Americas Best Value Inn, Klamath Falls , 14 miles away
Super 8 Klamath Falls, Klamath Falls , 14 miles away
Travelodge Klamath Falls, Klamath Falls , 14 miles away
Cerulean, Klamath Falls , 14 miles away
Shilo Inn Suites Hotel Klamath Falls, Klamath Falls , 14 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Klamath River:
Topsy, Keno, 4 miles away
Topsy, Keno, 5 miles away
Round Lake Golf and Mobile Estates, Klamath Falls, 5 miles away
 Trails Near Klamath River:
South Pass Lake Trail, Klamath , 12 miles away,  7.4 hiking miles, 3151 feet elevation difference
Moss Creek Trail, Klamath , 13 miles away,  7.6 hiking miles, 1926 feet elevation difference
Varney Creek Trail, Klamath , 15 miles away,  8.2 hiking miles, 1592 feet elevation difference
Mountain Lakes Trail, Klamath , 16 miles away,  17.2 hiking miles, 2862 feet elevation difference
Greylock Mountain Trail, Klamath , 17 miles away, 6.5 hiking miles, 3383 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near Klamath River:
Lava Beds National Monument, Tulelake - CA , 36 miles away
Crater Lake National Park, Crater Lake - OR , 40 miles away
Collier Memorial State Park, Oregon , 28 miles away
Jackson F. Kimball State Park, Oregon , 31 miles away
Rogue River National Forest, Oregon , 37 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Klamath River:
Round Lake Golf Course-Rv Park, Klamath Falls , 5 miles away
Running Y Ranch Golf Resort, Klamath Falls , 10 miles away
Reames Golf & Country Club, Klamath Falls , 12 miles away
 Lakes Near Klamath River
Upper Klamath Lake, Klamath , 15 miles away

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