Willamette River at Railroad Bridge South of Harrisburg - Reported 11/19/13
Warning: High water levels and low clearance under the temporary work bridge at the Union Pacific Railroad Bridge (approx. RM 163) just south of Harrisburg may create an unsafe condition on the river.
If the water river gauge is 6 feet or higher at Harrisburg, the bridge is impassable.
Please monitor river levels and use extreme caution in this area. Check the Harrisburg gauge here: Harrisburg River Gauge
Willamette River at Salem Pedestrian Bridge - Reported 10/31/13
Several logs are snagged across the main channel against one of the railroad bridge's concrete supports (2nd from east) and a large root wad is located upstream near the Wallace Marine Park boat ramp. Polk County Marine Patrol Deputies will place marker buoys near the mostly-submerged root wad and will continue monitoring the obstructions. Please use caution in this area.
Willamette River at Buena Vista Landing - Reported 7/30/13
Several submerged logs adjacent to the boarding float at Buena Vista Park are posing a risk to boaters and making it difficult to board using the float. Please use caution in this area.
Willamette River 1/2 mile upstream of Clearwater Boat Launch - Reported 5/20/13
Location: 44.026944'N, -122.930278'W
A hardwood tree including the root wad has fallen into the river and is currently submerged just below the surface of the river in a portion of the main channel approx. 1/2 mile above the Clearwater Boat Launch. OSP Troopers report that there is currently enough water flow to safely navigate around the downed tree and there is sufficient visibility to identify a safe route around the downed tree. However please use extreme caution in this area as water levels fluctuate. Officials will continue to monitor the situation and mitigate as necessary.
Willamette River Above Ferrin Campground - Reported 3/18/13
A large cottonwood tree has fallen across the across the channel to boater's right above the Ferrin Campground. Please avoid using the right channel until the obstruction can be mitigated. Oregon State Police troopers have posted the launches above the site and will work with US Forest Service personnel on removal efforts.
I-5 Construction near Springfield
Construction and submerged object have made this stretch of river dangerous to boaters. Take extreme caution and keep a sharp lookout when traveling through the construction zone and stay river right.
Follow ODOT's Blog for the latest updates on the Bridge construction.
Norwood Island on the Willamette River, Benton County
Reported 4/22/12 by Benton County Marine Patrol and again on 6/19. Debris is accumulating on an old, derelict bridge at RM 149 near Norwood Island in the west channel, south of the confluence of the Long Tom River. The blockage is around a river bend and isn't easy to see until the boater is too far into the channel. The water is swift and no safe portage or bank to exit onto.
Benton County Deputies placed a warning sign at the entrance to the west channel of this blockage.