Many of us favor this section of the Elk
River over all other winter paddling on the
coast. The Elk flows out of the coastal
range into the bottomland. We paddle thru
twists and turns, then to calmer water. In
the bottomland the sheep and cows watch us with
It is not unusual to share the river with
driftboats and fishermen. It's also not
unusual to paddle above spawning salmon, some
extremely large. Many water birds are seen
on this trip.
Wetsuits are advised. Lifejackets are a
must. Paddlers do need to be able to
control their boats and must keep a careful
watch for trees down or across the river.
The water on the Elk River ranges from calm
float to a few Class 2 rapids.
The Take-Out is about 1 mile east of Highway
101 on the South Bank Road. You will see a
large gravel parking lot to the left.
The Put-In is immediately below the Elk River
Hatchery. We park our vehicles at the
This trip is 9 water miles. Water time is usually
2 - 4.5 hours.
Sometimes a bit less.
Shuttle Note (21 November 2007):
If you need a shuttle call J&K Shuttle,
541-332-0319 or email
email@example.com. J&K offers
shuttle service on the Elk and Sixes Rivers.
Please advise Lunartic Jim if you ever find this
note to be in error.