|The Chetco River can usually be paddled all
year long. When paddling in the winter
months a paddle all the way to the Port of
Brookings is possible and pleasant. In the
summer months there is less water so the paddle
not only takes longer but you will find yourself
paddling against the upriver wind. Thus in
the summer months taking-out at Loeb instead of
the Port is best.
This river is relatively
wide. Less experienced paddlers should be
OK however must be able to control their boat.
The Chetco is one of those rivers that has the
Heron blue/green crystal clear water. The
Smith is a similar color. Very beautiful.
In the winter the paddle down to Loeb is
about 1.5 hours. In the summer closer to 4
hours. In the winter the paddle all the
way to the Port is about 4 hours.
Bring a lunch! Wear a life jacket.
Wetsuits are recommended in the winter. Helmets are not
necessary but are certainly acceptable.
The Chetco is a beautiful river. It is
unusual for anyone to capsize on this trip.
You'll have a great time.