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Oregon whitewater, Marion Creek

Linn county, Gooch Falls section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS IV(V)     7 miles
  If you've been out of state whitewater rafting and kayaking you might find the rivers here more demanding, so better not forget that rivers here are less forgiving. The nature scenery of Oregon and the water flowing gracefully down Marion Creek are in themselves reasons enough to come here to paddle. The Gooch Falls stretch of Marion Creek in Linn County is 7 miles long and has been rated as a class IV(V) section by American Whitewater. The put-in
    is not too far from Bend, as you can see on the road map further down. This river system has a few good paddling sections and the Gooch Falls section is one of them. A good workout and spending some quality time in nature
are sure to keep you coming back for more. The nearby hotels are a bit away from the river, but if you donít have reservations you might end up sleeping in your car. The beautiful Central Cascade Range scenery is an added bonus. Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking this is an area with plenty of spots for that. The campgrounds here at Marion Creek are pretty good. This stretch is mid length, you can easily run it on an afternoon.

about the general area:
The Pine Ridge Trail offers hiking at its best, and you can never get enough of the fine skiing at Hoodoo. Man, is there a lot of fun things to do in the Central Cascade Range. Why not take a refreshing hike along the Bingham Ridge Trail; Gooch Falls is an inspiring location to have a look at during your stay. This river is so great. Marion Creek is a quite wet place generally with a large amount of rainfall. Of all the months in a year December is the one with the most rain, and July is the month with the least moisture. Summertime brings highs in the 70's to Marion Creek while night lows are generally in the 50's.

Marion Creek, Gooch Falls 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 Marion Creek.
 Whitewater Near Marion Creek:
Marion Creek, Linn County, 3 miles away
      Class IV(V) - 7 miles long (Gooch Falls)
Santiam River - North, Marion/ Linn County, 11 miles away
      Class III-IV - 7.3 miles long (Bruno Mt. Road Bridge to Detroit Reservoir)
Breitenbush River, Marion County, 11 miles away
      Class IV - 8.2 miles long (Cleator Bend Campground to Detroit Lake)
Collawash River, Clackamas County, 16 miles away
      Class III-IV(V) - 5 miles long (Elk Lake Creek to river mile 5.5)
Santiam River - Middle, Linn County, 18 miles away
      Class III-IV - 15.5 miles long (Pyramid Creek to Green Peter Reservoir)
McKenzie River, Lane County, 19 miles away
      Class II-III - 40.7 miles long (Olallie Campground to Leaburg Dam)
Metolius River, Jefferson County, 20 miles away
      Class III-IV - 28.5 miles long (Riverside Forest Campground to Lake Billy Chinook)
Collawash River, Clackamas County, 21 miles away
      Class IV - 5.5 miles long (Mile 5.5 bridge to Two Rivers Picnic Area)
Clackamas River, Clackamas County, 21 miles away
      Class III-IV - 8 miles long (June Creek Br. to Collawash River)
Whitewater Outfitter - Mc Kenzie River Adventures, Lane County, 21 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
 Ski Areas Near Marion Creek:
Hoodoo, Oregon , 9 miles away, 1035 foot drop, 6 lifts, 30 runs
Mt. Bachelor, Oregon , 33 miles away, 3365 foot drop, 13 lifts, 71 runs
Mt. Hood Ski Bowl, Oregon , 36 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 9 lifts, 65 runs
Timberline Lodge, Oregon , 39 miles away, 3590 foot drop, 6 lifts, 32 runs
Mt. Hood Meadows, Oregon , 40 miles away, 2777 foot drop, 12 lifts, 87 runs
Cooper Spur, Oregon , 46 miles away, 500 foot drop, 2 lifts, 10 runs
Willamette Pass, Oregon , 50 miles away, 1563 foot drop, 6 lifts, 29 runs
 Marinas Near Marion Creek:
Detroit Lake Marina, Detroit , 18 miles away
 Hotels Near Marion Creek:
Best Western Ponderosa Lodge, Sisters , 28 miles away
Five Pine Lodge And Cabins, Sisters , 30 miles away
Best Western Mt. Hood Inn, Government Camp , 36 miles away
Resort At The Mountain, BW Premier Collection, Welches , 37 miles away
Resort At The Mountain, Welches , 37 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Marion Creek:
Marion Forks, Idanha, 3 miles away
Riverside, Idanha, 4 miles away
Big Meadows Horse Camp, Idanha, 7 miles away
 Trails Near Marion Creek:
Pine Ridge Trail, Linn , 2 miles away, 7 hiking miles, 1692 feet elevation difference
Bingham Ridge Trail, Linn , 2 miles away,  6 hiking miles, 1458 feet elevation difference
Marion Lake Trail, Linn , 3 miles away,  5.8 hiking miles, 1041 feet elevation difference
Blue Lake Trail, Linn , 3 miles away,  13.2 hiking miles, 2356 feet elevation difference
Swallow Lake Trail, Linn , 4 miles away,  14.4 hiking miles, 3182 feet elevation difference
Pamelia Lake Trail, Linn , 4 miles away,  5.4 hiking miles, 952 feet elevation difference
Turpentine Peak Trail, Linn , 5 miles away,  14.6 hiking miles, 2018 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near Marion Creek:
Detroit Lake State Park, Oregon , 19 miles away
Detroit Lake State Park, Oregon , 20 miles away
Mount Hood National Forest, Oregon , 35 miles away
 Lakes Near Marion Creek
Marion Lake, Linn , 4 miles away
Tule Lake, Linn , 9 miles away
Trout Lake, Jefferson , 16 miles away

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