LCCC Trips

The Lower Columbia Canoe Club is located in a year-round paddling paradise. We have numerous Class I though IV runs (see videos) less than 3 hours driving time from Portland. Some are rainy season runs, some are dry season runs, some are any season runs. Many of our whitewater runs are written up in two guidebooks: Soggy Sneakers (highly recommended) published by Mountaineers Books 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 runs before signing up to do them 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 whether a particular run is right for you.]

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

Members post whitewater trips they are coordinating to the club's members-only Yahoo Group. All new members are invited to join this group to find out about upcoming trips and to post ones they're interested in doing.
Paddlers interested in trying an LCCC trip or attending one of our club meetings before joining can contact president at l-ccc.org.

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