A contingent from the Lower Columbia Canoe Club runs the Breitenbush River in Oregon at 580 cfs. This video shows only the four drops we stop and scout. The Slot and the Notch are the first two rapids and come early in the run. Miles of fun rapids later we get out and scout the rapid before Woo-Man-Chew and then run it. Only one of our party runs the final big rapid, Woo-Man-Chew. Congrats, Dale.
Ten paddlers from the Lower Columbia Canoe Club run the fabled Salmonberry River in the Oregon Coast Range. Level was about 1830 cfs on the Wilson River to the south–a low level to run the Salmonberry, but it worked out, particularly after the confluence with the North Fork. One kayaker ran Chew Chew (Class IV) and so did one canoeist, but since he was the videographer, that too will remain fabled. There were two log portages that weren’t there when we last ran it (November 2014).
The trip and difficult shuttle was organized perfectly by Kendall Springer. Despite the portages, some swims, and scouts, the shuttle team made it to the put-in cars in time to 4-wheel it up the notorious Beaverslide Road in the final minutes of daylight.
This is a video of the Lower Columbia Canoe Club’s annual Sweetheart Paddle in February. This year the event was held on the Lewis River, which because of heavy rains was running at 10,000 cfs. The river was big, flat, and moving. The day itself was very wet as the droplets on the camera lens will attest. Be sure to watch to the end to see the first public appearance of the LCCCC–the Lower Columbia Canoe Club Chorus in action.
A group of us caught the Kilchis at a moderate level for a fun day on the river. Level on the nearby Wilson was around 2500 cfs and slowly dropping. The video mostly concentrates on the two class 3 rapids we call Gutter 1 and Gutter 2.
Murray coordinated this late February trip. Put-in was at Trask Country Park at the bridge. Takeout was at a drift boat launch about 2 miles below Peninsula Park. Level was 1300 cfs.
This video shows an LCCC crew running the last quarter mile of the Devil’s Lake Fork and then about 6 miles of the Wilson River.
Sweet run of Butte Creek at 560 cfs with Chad, Robert, Roy, Kendall, Konstantin, and Denny. Later in the video you’ll see Colm and his friend Ken. Named rapids shown are Splittin’ Hairs and Knucklebuster parts a, b and c.
This version of the YIR strips out most of the still images and concentrates on the whitewater action.
All the thrills, spills, river beauty, and people that make up a great year with the LCCC.
This Molalla trip started about 4 miles above Turner Bridge (start of the 3 Bears run) and ran through Baby Bear. Level was around 1650 cfs. Bony to start, plenty once we hit the confluence.