White River: Wamic-White River Bridge to Tygh Valley

On Saturday, April 19, 24 paddlers in 22 boats from two clubs (LCCC and Beaver Canoe Club) descended on the White River and ran it at 610 cfs. There were about four wood portages, including one long nasty one, but other than that the run was spectacular, the day beautiful, and the comaraderie wonderful. A big thanks to Ted Housen for once again organizing an epic trip. Due to the long drive, the portages, a flat tire on the shuttle, and dinner in Welches (el Burro Loco), many of us didn’t get home until around 11 p.m. But we all went to sleep with smiles on our faces.

Butte Creek in Springtime

Seven LCCC members did a low water run of Butte Creek. For three of the paddlers, it was their first time running this Class 3+/4 creek that goes through Scott’s Mill. In the past, we’ve always used Pat Welch’s guesstimate gauge to determine level, but there is now a USGS gauge at Monitor for Butte Creek. The level for this run was 6.8 feet, and as I said, low–as in bony. I’ll continue to calibrate my impressions with this new gauge. Unfortunately, we didn’t get to run one of my favorite rapids which had significant wood in the runout. First timers included: Karl Dinkelspiel, Chuck Wilkinson, and Bob Pool. Also on the trip: Denny Egner, Kendall Springer, Audrey Bergsma, and myself.