Trip Reports

Trip Reports Sorted By River

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Clackamas River

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In years past, the OWA has had a very fun camping weekend on the North Santiam River known as boating 101. It is a great mix of experienced boaters and new members/ boaters floating the river, followed by fellowship back at camp. As we adapt to…
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01/01/2021 Lower Clackamas, Upper McIver Park to Barton Park, 3000 cfs I'm a glutton for punishment. I really, really wanted to go on the OWA’s New Year’s Day Sandy trip, but instead I went on the Clackamas River. Not that there is anything wrong…
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Three Lynx to Memaloose - Progression

Colorado River - Grand Canyon

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Colorado River, 6500-9000 cfs, 21 day trip: Our excited band of eight departed on October 7th for a 21-day float down the Grand Canyon. The river is normally emerald green this time of year but, alas, was closer to the color of a chocolate milkshake…
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We’ll start this story at the Jewels on day 10 of our March 2021 Grand Canyon Trip. The crew of 11 departed Schist Camp on a clear but cool morning happy we didn’t have to get soaked right away. The boatmen all took the driest route Through Boucher…
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October 2020, Grand Canyon - Lees Ferry to Pierce Ferry. I began whitewater boating 30 years ago. Right from the beginning I began hearing stories of the infamous Grand Canyon. It has been on my bucket list ever since. My opportunity finally came!…

Deschutes River

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OWA 2014 President's Day Rogue Trip moved to the Deschutes, Mecca Flats to Sandy Beach 8,00-10,000 cfs
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2019 Tax Relief Float - What could possibly go wrong?
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Lower Deschutes Spring Break Trip. On the first weekend of Oregon spring break, OWA members embarked on the 10th Annual Lower Deschutes Spring Break Trip.
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9th Annual Spring Break Lower Deschutes Trip

Hood River

Grande Ronde River

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5/7/21 Minam to Heller Bar (90 miles), 6,500 to 7,500 cfs - submitted by Eric Ball
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Ninety miles of the Grande Ronde River from Minam (on the Wallowa River) to Heller Bar (on the Snake River) in 3 days.

Klickitat River

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12/22/2020 Hatchery to Leidl Campground 1500cfs - submitted by Alex Johnson Looking to explore a new river, try out what looked like a fairly close and simple day trip and shake off the quarantine rust, a group of five boaters (featuring 2 OWA…

Lower Salmon River

Main Salmon River

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08/19/21 to 09/02/21, Corn Creek to Heller Bar, 209 miles. In starting a story about a river trip, where do you start? The conception of the idea? The day you apply for a permit? The day you launch? Well, I have a friend who drew a Main Salmon…
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Main Salmon Fall Trip

McKenzie River

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A Brown Ribbon Trip? Tales of the McKenzie - It was MLK Jr. Day weekend 2019 and all of the western Cascades rivers were pumping ...

Middle Fork of the Salmon River

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Molalla River

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Molalla River (Three Bears) Log Hazards ~ If your plans this Winter or Spring include boating the Molalla river (Three Bears Section), be familiar with two potential log problems. There's a wedged log at Baby Bear Rapids that is blocking the left…
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After many messages, scanning river gauges, and phone calls Saturday, a group of hardy boaters looking for some high water fun decided on the Molalla river for a Sunday funday. The river was coming back up and we estimated the flow to be 3500 CFS…

N Santiam River

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North Santiam River, Packsaddle to Mill City, 3810 cfs. Every year “the powers that be” dump water out of Detroit Reservoir on the North Santiam River. Because of the drought, I didn’t think they would this year. They fooled me and did! I saw the…
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Trip report written by Norma Allensworth, photos by Norma Allensworth and Jo Wright Wilderness First Aid Class needed to happen the first Saturday of October -- traditionally the weekend for the North Santiam Fall Colors Float. Saturday, October 12,…

N Umpqua River

Owyhee River

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The OWA Newsletter said John Day River, Stem to Stern, but it was not to be. After a very wet few weeks, the North Fork John Day was flooding, so our trip leader (Tom Riggs) decided to switch the first part of the trip to the lower Owyhee River. The…

Rogue River

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A sweep boat is a large inflatable raft most commonly found in Idaho, and is viewed as the gear boat of choice by most outfitters on the Middle Fork of the Salmon. Just like an oar boat uses oars and a paddle boat uses paddles, the sweep boat driver…
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(02/17/2021, Grave Creek to Foster Bar, rising to approximately 12,000 cfs)  Sometime in January, I got a text from my friend Pete about a Rogue river trip happening in February. Now Pete has been very consistent to invite this northern Oregon…
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Watch the carnage here: http://youtu.be/-aTH2TyLcew
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Equinox on the Wild & Scenic Rogue River

Sandy River

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01/01/2022 Dodge to Oxbow, 2100 cfs. Skull Cap and Neoprene Gloves Type of Day best describes what was minimally needed for the chilly and brisk weather conditions to be encountered on this first day of “2022”. This trip almost didn’t get off the…
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Dodge Park to Oxbow Park. On January 1st, OWA members rang in the New Year on the Sandy River as they usually do; however, with some differences this year due to Covid. Usually this New Year's Day run is a collaborative event with Team River Runner…
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Two reports: 1) A Last Float with River Friends, Written by Crista Wakefield and 2) Floating the Sandy on No Sleep, Written by Kimberly Long
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January 1st New Year's Float on the Sandy River

Snake River

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SF Salmon River

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South Fork Salmon 06/27/2020 3.9 ft (with a day run on the SF Payette). When I look back and think about our trip down the South Fork of the Salmon river, the first thing I remember is how loud it was. There was so much water moving though that…

Tieton River

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Tieton River Rimrock Campground to "Bridge Two". Yakima Valley Drainage, Washington State. As many of you know each September while most of our favorite river runs have dried up, the dam keepers of Rimrock Lake open the gates.  From what I…
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Sometime around 2010, I was running the Tieton dam on the right as I usually do (it's where the most fun ride is). I was running an Aire Ocelot at the time. As I reached the edge, I saw a boat bobbing in the wave at the bottom. There were no…
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2019 was a very different year for the Tieton. Weeks before the flip-flop was expected, people were already asking whether it would happen at all. The reservoir was low, yet releases were higher than inflows ...

Trask River

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“Hey Riggs, Cheryl and I want to talk to you”. It was Scott Harvey and he had me cornered at the OWA Christmas Party ...

Washougal River

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Wintertime on the Washougal, Big Eddy to Hathaway Park at 7.5 feet. After a couple of days of good hard winter rains, numerous local rivers around the Portland/Vancouver area are normally roaring and pumping with life. One river in particular is…

Wind River

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White Salmon River

Other Rivers

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Lower Sacramento River, Balls Ferry to Bend Bridge. It was the middle of September and I wasn't ready to let go of summer yet so I headed to Northern California with my recreational kayak thinking I would paddle around some lakes and enjoy a week of…
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Lake Creek, Alaska: Chelatna Lake to the Yentna River. 54 miles and a lot of fish! About five years ago I told Nate about this river I’d heard of in Alaska that is supposed to have rapids and be a great fishery. Class IV rapids mixed with all five…
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A canoe trip from below the confluence of North and South Forks of the Coeur d'Alene River to river right just before the East Canyon Road bridge.
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02/04/2021 5 miles upriver to Kilchis River Campground. When recruiting people for the Kilchis River most didn’t know it was a river and the others that had heard of it asked “Isn’t that a kayak run?”  Well, it is a kayak with an asterisk.  I’m an…
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After several days of heavy rains back in January of this year, the Toutle River spiked to a monstrous flow of 20,000 cfs! At which point I was wondering, how high is actually too high for either rafting or cat-boating the Toutle. I’ve run the 10…
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The first annual BoatSmith Whitewater Festival was, by and large, a raging success. Taking place over the course of four days, the event exemplified everything that makes our community of river folks so special. Despite the biting cold, unforeseen…
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Grays River Trip Report
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Exploratory trip on little-known Southwest Washington river in IKs. Turns out it is not runnable but the article is entertaining.
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South Nahanni River, Northwest Territories, Canada
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A remarkable 10-day trip down the San Juan River in Southeastern Utah, written in the 1950's.