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Oregon whitewater, Salmon Creek

Lane county, Top of Upper Salmon Creek Gorge to Oakridge section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS II-V     12 miles
  The Top of Upper Salmon Creek Gorge to Oakridge stretch of Salmon Creek is 12 miles long and is rated by American Whitewater as a class II-V section. The nature scenery of Oregon and the cool fresh water will make you feel great. The starting location is a reasonable drive from Eugene-Springfield, as you can see on the road map further down. Whitewater rafting and kayaking in this state is often more difficult than elsewhere, so better
    not forget that many of the rivers here are not very forgiving. There are campgrounds quite near the river where you can camp. A good workout and just being out on the river for a while are great reasons to come. No matter
if you're whitewater rafting or kayaking there are lots of good spots for that around here. You can enjoy this stretch more if you take your time, so why not pack your camping stuff too. 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. The wild scenery of the Central Cascade Range is great. The Top of Upper Salmon Creek Gorge to Oakridge section is one of a few paddling  
sections in this river system.

Briefly about the general area:
A spree to Salmon Falls will fill your soul with tremendous feelings; Baby Rock is an out of the ordinary spot to stop at while at Salmon Creek. There's no way anybody can get bored here in the Central Cascade Range. Near Salmon Creek you stumble on the Bunchgrass Trail which is a great hiking trail. Going to Willamette National Forest near Salmon Creek is a glorious thing to do; this is a popular location for folks from Oakridge. Going for a hike on the Shitepoke Trail is always a good adventure. Salmon Creek is a wet location that gets a great deal of precipitation.

Salmon Creek, Top of Upper Salmon Creek Gorge to Oakridge 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 Salmon Creek.
 Whitewater Near Salmon Creek:
Willamette River - Middle Fork, Lane County, 3 miles away
      Class II - 12.5 miles long (Hills Creek Dam to Lookout Point Reservoir)
Salmon Creek, Lane County, 4 miles away
      Class II-V - 12 miles long (Top of Upper Salmon Creek Gorge to Oakridge)
Willamette River - North Fork of Middle Fork, Lane County, 8 miles away
      Class IV-V - 13.5 miles long (to Westfir)
Salt Creek, Lane County, 8 miles away
      Class III-IV - 7.2 miles long (McCredie Hot Springs to Rigdon Road Bridge)
Hills Creek, Lane County, 9 miles away
      Class IV - 6 miles long (6 mi above Reservoir)
Christy Creek, Lane County, 11 miles away
      Class III-V(V+) - 9 miles long (to Confluence with Willamette)
Fall Creek, Lane County, 14 miles away
      Class III-IV - 8 miles long (Portland Creek to Fall Creek Reservoir)
Brice Creek, Lane County, 15 miles away
      Class IV-V - 4.5 miles long (Parker Falls to Champion Creek)
Quartz Creek, Lane County, 15 miles away
      Class II-IV - 5 miles long (Quartz Creek Road Mile 7.5 Bridge to Mile 2 Bridge)
Winberry Creek, Lane County, 17 miles away
      Class III+(V) - 4 miles long (South / North Fork Confluence to Forest Service bridge)
 Ski Areas Near Salmon Creek:
Willamette Pass, Oregon , 26 miles away, 1563 foot drop, 6 lifts, 29 runs
Hoodoo, Oregon , 48 miles away, 1035 foot drop, 6 lifts, 30 runs
Mt. Bachelor, Oregon , 51 miles away, 3365 foot drop, 13 lifts, 71 runs
Mt. Ashland, Oregon , 87 miles away, 1195 foot drop, 4 lifts, 23 runs
Mt. Hood Ski Bowl, Oregon , 88 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 9 lifts, 65 runs
Timberline Lodge, Oregon , 91 miles away, 3590 foot drop, 6 lifts, 32 runs
Mt. Hood Meadows, Oregon , 93 miles away, 2777 foot drop, 12 lifts, 87 runs
Cooper Spur, Oregon , 99 miles away, 500 foot drop, 2 lifts, 10 runs
 Hotels Near Salmon Creek:
Best Western Oakridge Inn, Oakridge , 7 miles away
Comfort Inn & Suites Creswell, Creswell , 43 miles away
Super 8 Creswell/South Eugene, Creswell , 43 miles away
Village Green Resort, Cottage Grove , 44 miles away
Quality Inn Cottage Grove - Eugene South, Cottage Grove , 45 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Salmon Creek:
Salmon Creek Falls, Oakridge, 1 miles away
Oakridge RV Park, Oakridge, 5 miles away
Packard Creek, Oakridge, 5 miles away
 Trails Near Salmon Creek:
Bunchgrass Trail, Lane , 2 miles away, 5.5 hiking miles, 2141 feet elevation difference
Shitepoke Trail, Lane , 2 miles away, 1.6 hiking miles, 2640 feet elevation difference
Kitson Ridge Trail, Lane , 3 miles away, 6.3 hiking miles, 3666 feet elevation difference
Cain Cabin Trail, Lane , 4 miles away, 3.6 hiking miles, 2516 feet elevation difference
Squaw Butte Trail, Lane , 5 miles away, 3.4 hiking miles, 1436 feet elevation difference
Gobel Creek Trail, Lane , 6 miles away,  1.2 hiking miles, 632 feet elevation difference
Dead Mountain Trail, Lane , 7 miles away, 5.2 hiking miles, 2108 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near Salmon Creek:
Crater Lake National Park, Crater Lake - OR , 47 miles away
Willamette National Forest, Oregon , 12 miles away
Fall Creek State Park, Oregon , 26 miles away
Clyde Holliday State Park, Oregon , 29 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Salmon Creek:
Circle Bar Golf Club, Westfir , 4 miles away
Golf Oregon, Vida , 19 miles away
 Lakes Near Salmon Creek
Hills Creek Lake, Lane , 3 miles away
Gertrude Lake, Lane , 13 miles away

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