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CHETCO RIVER

15 July 2007 Sunday 1000 Chetco River Class 2-
Trip Notes0830: Meet at the Oceanside Diner in Brookings Harbor for breakfast (the Oceanside Diner does not accept credit cards). OR
0930: Meet in the parking lot outside the Oceanside Diner and carpool to Loeb State Park. OR
1000:  Meet at Loeb State Park
somewhere near the gravel bar...where we will take-take out. See the map on this page for more detail.

We will car pool from Loeb to South Fork where we will put-in.  I am guessing that we will be on the water 2 to 3 hours...it all depends on the flow.  You must be able to control your boat to join us on this paddle.

Final Tally:  The Chetco was running too low...so about 8 paddlers headed up to the Rogue and paddled from Quosatana to Huntley Park.  A good time was had by all.

Nearest City:

Brookings, Oregon

Class:

2-
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.


18 March 2006 Saturday 0800 Chetco River

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Trip notes:  8 paddlers had a great time.  We paddled from South Fork to the Port in 3 hours.  No incidents others than perfection.  Lot's of fishermen and driftboats.  There was room for all.
 

Paddling toward the ocean on the Silt-Coos Kayak Canoe Trail.  About 4 miles south of Florence, Oregon.

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