2013 LCCC North Umpqua Weekend

Despite a weather forecast for lots of rain, the North Umpqua weekend was another great success, bringing paddlers from all over the Northwest to one of Oregon’s best whitewater playgrounds. For the most part it rained when it didn’t matter and didn’t rain when it did matter. A big thanks to organizer Mark Taratoot for making all the arrangements and being a great host. Big thanks also go to: Rolly and Leslie Toevs for being the salmon chefs, Tom McCord for picking up the salmon, and Chris Watson for picking up the charcoal. As this video shows, a great time was had by all.

Canoeing the Middle Fork and Main Salmon

If you’ve ever wondered what this 180 or so mile trip is like, this 26-minute video pretty well captures it. Our small group of LCCC and former LCCC members was lucky and there was still enough water to float canoes at the end of August for our Aug 27th launch day. We also managed to pick up a cancellation for the Main so we could do the whole enchilada. This was a self-support trip, though at Corn Creek on the Main, we were joined by two rafts that took over water- and toilet-carrying duties. I was personally glad to have the scatpacker out of my canoe–it makes you take rather conservative lines when you’re carrying a bucket full of … you know.

The Main had two rapids that were new to me and not on our older maps. One was Alder Creek Rapid. Where did this fun rapid come from? The next new rapid, Black Creek Rapid, a few of our party knew about. It’s the result of a landslide a few years ago that dammed the river up enough to turn Salmon Creek Falls into simply moving water. Black Creek is probably a Class IV.

I’ve labeled the rapids I knew the names of. There are many rapids I didn’t get any footage of because they were read and run and if I didn’t get enough ahead of everyone, they ran them before I had a chance to set up. But I do have footage of most of the bigger ones.

A big thanks for Bill Jordens for organizing the Middle Fork segment and Bets Stover for the Main segment.