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The Perfect River Levels

For drift boat fishing, bank angling and high water plunking
The rivers listed here can be fished from the bank at lower and higher water than the levels listed
for Drifting & Floating. The "Perfect River Level" is the ideal level for both boat and bank angling.
I hope this information makes your day on the river more fun, safe and successful.
Gage readings are in "feet" unless noted with "cfs".
(This information is copy written and may not be reproduced without permission please.)
frank@rivertrailoutfitters.com

Before you head out, get the most current Oregon stream and
river flow levels by following this link.


All gage readings were established in a McKenzie style river boat but
could apply to a wide range of river craft. Remember, rivers are dynamic, safety is
relative to skill, do not over estimate your skill and always wear a life jacket.

How To Interpret The Table.....  
  "Drifting & Floating" are the levels that can be boated in a drift boat. 
"Perfect River Level" is the best level for fishing salmon, steelhead & trout.
"Plunking" very high water, bank fishing would be your best and safest bet.


("click"  on the river name below to get real time flow information)
(* Rivers still in development- I am about 80% confident in the data but look for refinements.)

             Salmon & Steelhead Rivers                             Drifting & Floating -- Perfect River Level -- Plunking
 McKenzie @ Vida
 0.9-3.5 1.5-2.25
 3.00-4.0
 Md.Fork Willamette @ Jasper
 1.5-4.5  2.5-3.5  4.00- 5.00
 Willamette @ Harrisburg
 1.5- 4.5
 2.5-3.5   4.5- 6.00
 South Santiam @ Waterloo
 5-5.5  2.5-4.5  5.5- 6.5
 Molalla @ Canby
 1,200-4,000cfs  2,000-3,000  4,000-5,5000
 South Yamhill @ McMinnville
 1,000-3,000cfs  1,200-3,000  3,000-4,200
Clackamas @ Three Lynx
 1.5-4.00  2.1-2.8  4.0-4.8
 Deschutes @ Moody
 3,400-6,000cfs  4,000-5,000  5,000-plus
 Lower John Day @ Service Creek
 1,200-6,000cfs  1,800-2,800  3,000-plus
 Nehalem @ Foss
 5.5-7.8  6.3-7.1  7.5-9.0
 Nestucca @ Beaver
 3.5-6.5  4.5-5.0  6.5-8.8
 Siletz @ Siletz
 3.5-7.4  4.75-5.8  5.8-8.8
 Alsea @ Tidewater
 3.5-7.00  4.5-6.3  6.5-8.0
 Siuslaw @ Malpeton
 3.5-8.0  4.5-6.0  6.5-13.0
 Lake Creek ( use Sisulaw @ Malpeton)
 2,800-10,000cfs  3,200-5,000  5,000-plus
 Umpqua @ Elkton
 3.5-4.9  3.6-4.0  5.0-plus
 North Umpqua @ Winchester
 1.0-4.5  1.8-4.0  4.5-7.0
 Coquille @ Coquille
 2.0-4.0  3.0-3.5 3.5-4.5
 Elk River @ Hatchery (call:541-332-0405)
 3.5-7.0  4.0-6.0  6.0-10.0
 Sixes River (use Elk @ Hatchery)
 3.5-6.5  4.0-5.0  5.5-8.0
 Rogue River @ McLeod
 1,000-4,000cfs  1,200-3,500  3,000-plus
 Rogue @ Grants Pass
 1,500-4,500cfs  1,800-3,200  4,500-plus
 Rogue @ Agness
 2,000-6,000  2,800-4,500  5,000-plus
 Chetco @ Brookings
 1,200-4,000  2,000-3,800  4,700-plus
* Wilson River @ Tillamook
 3.5-6.0  4.8-5.4  6.5-plus  
* Kilchis River, use Wilson River @ Tillamook
 4.5-7.5  5.5-6.5  6.5-plus
* Smith River@ Jedidiah State Park Ca.
 Coming soon.....
   
* Klamath River@ Orleans
 Coming soon.....
   
*Eel River
 Coming soon.....
   
*Mad River near Arcata
 Coming soon.....
   

+++Tillamook Forest Center Wilson River cam+++

Get a real time look at Wilson  River conditions before you go!!
http://www.tillamookforestcenter.org/rivercam.cfm
        Wilson River advanced hydological perdiction!!
http://water.weather.gov/ahps2/hydrograph.php?wfo=pqr&gage=tlmo3&view=1,1,1,1,1,1

The Sandy River
The Sandy has several sections that fish better at times depending on water levels.
The river gage is located below Bullrun Creek near Bullrun.
Power Boats: Are allowed below Dabney, launch at Lewis & Clark best level 9.5 - 10.5 ft. 
Cedar Creek:  Angling above Cedar Creek is all bank acess and catch and release
for wild fish, 10.5 ft.at Bullrun and droping.
Above Oxbow: (Boating above Oxbow park is EXPERTS ONLY!)
Cedar Creek to Dodge: 11ft & dropping. Best 9.5 - 10.5 ft. (never to low for bank).
Dodge Park to Oxbow: 11ft & dropping - Best 9.5 - 10.5 ft. (never to low for bank).
Lower River  Drift Boat:
Oxbow Park to Dabney: 10.8 ft. & dropping - Best: 9.5 - 10.5 ft. OK: 8.9 ft.
Dabney Park to Lewis & Clark: 10.5 ft. & dropping - Best: 9-10 ft. OK: 8.88 ft. 



Small stream bank fishing, winter steelhead/trout; these are great streams and creeks to fish when
the bigger rivers are blown-out. Be sure to check the most current angling regulations.

Central Oregon Coast

 
 Cummings Creek  Correlation 6.2 or higher on   Siuslaw@Mapleton 
 Tenmile Creek
 Correlation 5.8 or higher on   Siuslaw@Mapleton 
 Rock Creek
 Correlation 6.0 or higher on
  Siuslaw@Mapleton 
 Big Creek
 Correlation 6.0 or higher on 
  Siuslaw@Mapleton 
 Cape Creek
Correlation 6.2 or higher on
 Siuslaw@Mapleton



Southern Oregon Coast
:

 
Hunter Creek    Correlation 3,000-5,000cfs on  Chetco@Brookings 
Eucher Creek   Correlation 3,000-5,000cfs on
 Chetco@Brookings 
Pistol River   Correlation 2,800-4,500cfs on
 Chetco@Brookings 
Winchuck River   Correlation 2,800-4,500cfs on
 Chetco@Brookings