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Clearwater to Island Park

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Distance
5.84 mi
Elevation gain
4,232 ft
Technical difficulty
Moderate
Elevation loss
4,311 ft
Max elevation
522 ft
TrailRank 
55
Min elevation
-488 ft
Trail type
One Way
Moving time
58 minutes
Time
one hour 46 minutes
Coordinates
1227
Uploaded
July 16, 2020
Recorded
July 2020
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522 ft
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5.84 mi

near Thurston, Oregon (United States)

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Itinerary description

A two hour casual / intermediate paddle on the Middle Fork of the Willamette River. If you haven't run a river before on a SUP I'd strongly encourage and easier route before attempting Clearwater to Island Park Easy put in and take out, don’t forget a parks pass.

Paddlers should be comfortable balancing, understand proper paddling technique and safety. Belonging should be secured. Good opportunity to practice paddling, bracing, riding some small waves, eddy turns and enjoying the Springfield, Oregon back yard.

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Photo ofClearwater Park Boat Ramp

Clearwater Park Boat Ramp

An easy put in location with bathrooms and typically plenty of parking.

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Photo of1st set of Riffles

1st set of Riffles

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Photo ofFaster current and more riffles

Faster current and more riffles

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Photo ofSome peaceful stretches

Some peaceful stretches

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Photo ofBeautiful views and some twists and turns

Beautiful views and some twists and turns

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Photo ofPlenty of stops along the way

Plenty of stops along the way

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Photo ofAvoid log jams, pick your best path

Avoid log jams, pick your best path

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Photo ofStay river right

Stay river right

A shelf drop extends most of the left side of the river. Stay river right.

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Photo ofRight right, looking left

Right right, looking left

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Photo ofA downstream view of the shelf drop

A downstream view of the shelf drop

Why river right was the best choice.

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Photo ofOne of my favorite stops

One of my favorite stops

A perfect place to stop and take in the views. Plenty of rocks to sit or jump off of. Pisgah is just south east of here and the coast fork confluence is just down river.

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Photo ofBeautiful views

Beautiful views

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Photo ofMore riffles, more practice

More riffles, more practice

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Photo ofChanging scenery

Changing scenery

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Photo ofWatch out for rocks

Watch out for rocks

A view looking upstream to get a better view of the rocks to avoid.

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Photo ofChoppy but you can pick your path

Choppy but you can pick your path

Want a little more excitement, hit the riffles. Looking for a more peaceful paddle, stay a bit right to avoid.

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Photo ofAvoid the large rock

Avoid the large rock

Kinda goes without saying.

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Photo ofSome choppy waves

Some choppy waves

Gives you more opportunity to hone in the balancing skills.

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Photo ofEnjoying the contrast

Enjoying the contrast

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Photo ofTake out at 2nd bridge, island park

Take out at 2nd bridge, island park

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