LCCC Trips

The Lower Columbia Canoe Club is located in a year-round paddling paradise. We have many boatable rivers, Class I though IV, less than 3 hours driving distance. Some are rainy season runs, some are dry season runs, some are any season runs. Many of our whitewater runs are written up in Soggy Sneakers by Pete Giordano (highly recommended) and Paddling Oregon by Robb Keller. Many of our flat/moving water runs are described in Canoe and Kayak Routes of Northwest Oregon by Philip Jones (updates here). These books are readily available from Amazon.com or local bookstores. It is highly recommended you own these books and read their descriptions of any run before doing it with the club.

[Note: One reason we recommend these books is that trip participants, not LCCC trip coordinators, are responsible for deciding the appropriateness of a run for their skill level. These books will help you determine that.]

Current river levels can be checked by calling the Oregon River Forecast Center (503) 261-9246 or online: Oregon, Washington. Paddlers also should check out the Pat Welch site that additionally has estimated flows for many rivers that no longer have operating gauges.

Upcoming whitewater trips can be viewed on the LCCC Trip Calendar, once you have joined the club and been invited to join the lccc Yahoo Group where the calendar is hosted. (You are welcome to try out a day trip or come meet some of us at one of our monthly potlucks, with no obligation to join. Contact the membership chair for information on upcoming trips and potlucks.)

Below is a chart of some of the rivers we do throughout the year:

Rivers boatable year round are designated by YR. Travel times are from Portland, one way, in hours.

River Name

Class

Travel Time (Hours)

Butte Cr.

IV

2.5

 

Clackamas R.

(Many sections, I - IV)

1-1.5

YR

Crabtree Ck.

(2 sections, II-, II+)

2

 

Crooked R.

(2 sections, III)

3

 

Deschutes R.

(Several sections, II - IV)

3

 

Hood R.

III - IV

1.5

 

Hood R., W. Fk.

IV

1.5

 

Kilchis, N. Fk.

II+

2

 

Klickitat R.

(2 sections, II+, III)

2.5, WA

 

Metolius R.

III

3

YR

Molalla R.

(4 sections, II - III+)

2

 

Nehalem R.

III

1.5

 

Little N. Santiam

II+

2

 

Santiam, N.

(3 sections, II, III, III+)

2

YR

Sandy R.

(Many sections, I+ - IV)

.5-1.5

YR

Thomas Cr.

IV

2

 

Trask R.

III

2

 

Trask R., North Fk.

III

2

 

Tualatin

(many sections, I+ to impassable)

1

 

White Salmon

III+

1.5, WA

YR

Washougal R.

(4 sections, II, III - V+)

1, WA

 

White R.

(3 sections, III)

1.5

 

Wilson R.

(3 sections, II, III, III)

1.5

 

Wind R.

(2 sections, IV-V)

1.5, WA

 

Yamhill R.

I

1

 

The club also makes occasional overnight trips on the following area rivers:

Illinois R.

IV+

S. OR

 

John Day R.

I - III+

E. OR

YR

Lewis R.

III

WA

 

McKenzie R.

III

S. OR

YR

Owyhee R.

III - IV

SE. OR

 

Rogue R.

III

S. OR

YR

Salmon R.

III+

ID

YR

Salmon, Middle Fk.

III+

ID

 

Selway R.

III+

ID

 

Snake R.

IV

ID/OR

YR

Umpqua, N. & S.

II - III+

S. OR