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None reported at this time.
Two obstructions are between the State Rec Road and Forest Road (by 1000 trails). The first GPS location is across the channel and has been there since 2014. There is safe portage, but inexperienced boaters need to keep a sharp lookout and scout for a take out.
The second obstruction is 1.3 miles downstream from the first obstruction. Another tree has fallen and at lower water levels, portage will be difficult.
At this time, these obstructions cannot be mitigated due to their remote locations.
N 43 46.558' W 121 28.458' and N 43 46.986' W 121 28.082'
None reported at this time.
Several trees were obstructing safe navigation on the McKenzie River approximately 1/2 mile downstream of the Deer Creek Road Bridge. The US Forest Service signed nearby boat ramps. This obstruction will was mitigated as much as possible thanks to McKenzie River Rafters. Boaters are advised to put in downstream of this obstruction and not attempt to push over the tree. Boats can get entrapped easily.
UPDATE on 3/9/18: Recent rainfall with high river flows swung the tree approximately 70 degrees to river right and the river left is now open.
05/17/2018 - Log jam reported between Buell Miller Ramp and Green's Bridge at the upstream end of Wiseman Island. The log jam at the head of the middle Wiseman
Island channel has increased, and the gravel bar upstream of the log jam has
encroached closer to the log jam. The only channel past the log jam is
now less than 20 ‘ wide. Two small logs from the jam extend more than
half way across the channel just under the surface when the river flows are 4.5
at the Mehama river gauge. When the river level drops to summer flows the
location may be impassable to boats; boaters are advised to put in down stream of the obstruction.
The Bureau of Land Management reported two downed trees adjacent to Fisherman's Bend Park on 5/3/18. One tree fell along the north river bank (river right) starting 1.5 miles west of the North 1st Avenue Bridge at Mill City. THIS OBSTRUCTION WAS CLEARED on 5/11/18. The second tree is river right in the main channel at mile 2.3 below the north 1st avenue Bridge at Mill City. The BLM is working on the best plan for mitigating the second obstruction and is coordinating with Marion County. Boaters are advised to put in down stream of the obstruction.
North Santiam (44.685803, -123.004924)- Benton County Marine Patrol cut away a series of trees the best they could for safe passage of jet boats and drift boaters at the confluence of the North and South Santiam Rivers, upstream from Jefferson, OR. This area is notorious for obstructions. Most of the obstruction is river right going upstream, approximately 150 yards upstream from the confluence (pictured below). One of the logs is just below the surface, so jet boaters and prop boats are encouraged to avoid the area due to the strainer and to protect their boats. Sergeant Bottorff says, "Two ways to go
through that stretch of river is to go over the log that is covered by about
6”-1’ of water towards the end of the log, or go to the left and zig zag
past it when heading upstream. Going downstream, the best path is to go over
the log. To go over the log, requires skills to read the
water and jet boat experience." Inexperienced boaters (motor, rafts and drift) should avoid the area and put in downstream of the confluence.
The water has dropped leaving the
log mostly exposed out of the water. There is a passible spot to the left
as described before. This is a dangerous strainer and boaters are advised to use caution.
None reported at this time.
The river is being scouted for obstructions by the Clackamas County Marine Patrol.
None at this time.
A fallen tree was reported on the Tualatin River, upstream from Fields Bridge in West Linn, behind 23044 SW Ulsky Rd. This area is used primarily by paddlecraft and is passable. The tree is also visible.
The Tualatin Riverkeeper reported seven separate log jams to the Washington County Marine Patrol who forwarded the information to the Marine Board.
The log jams are in the following locations along the Tualatin River:
Near 9545 SW River Rd -LAT/LONG: -122.940 / 45.470226
Near 5220 SW Rood Bridge Rd: -122.940954 / 45.483887
Near 3995 SW Rood Bridge Rd: -122.952185 / 45.489920
Near 29365 SW Hillecke Rd: -122.975837 / 45.481148
Near 4570 SW Minter Bridge Rd: -122.978874 / 45.484550
Near 29365 SW Hilleke Rd: -122.975837 / 45.481148
In all of these log jams, law enforcement report that boaters cannot safely navigate around the obstruction and portage may not be possible. In many of these log jams, there's a large volume of trees. Boaters are urged to plan ahead and avoid these areas.
OSP reports exposed pipe, probably from an old dock, that's exposed during low water flows. OSMB will work with law enforcement to sign nearby ramps. The pipes appear to be 9' vertical and 3"+ in diameter near the waterline. This area is popular with motorized boaters.
Hileman County Park Boat RampPaddlers reported a strainer downstream of Hileman County Park/Boat Ramp below the confluence of the McKenzie River on the side channel entering the main channel. A log is on river left but the current carries paddlers to the right, into a log jam. This was a close call for the paddlers, who were pinned but able to climb out to safety. The Lane County Marine Patrol unit is assessing the obstrution for potential mitigation and recommendations for boaters. Less maneuverable boats and inexperienced paddlers are encouraged to stay in the main channel. These paddlers advise wearing life jackets and are grateful they wore theirs. We will post updated information when we hear back from the marine patrol. -44.141065, -123.122286
Coast Fork Willamette RiverA boater reported an area of concern to the Lane County Marine Patrol on December 20, 2016. The marine patrol report that this is an earthen dam (low head) with judraulic effects during high water. The normal chute for passage is difficult to see. Boaters should be able to navigate over any area of the earthen dam or portage around. Boaters are urged to pay close attention and oar-through the area to avoid getting trapped. 43.864827, -123.0209788
Brown's Landing Willamette RiverDrift boaters who takeriver left may be drawn into the debris by the current. Take the river right channel, which is the first visible route when heading up or down stream. 44.1898627, -123.153338Below Dexter Dam, Willamette RiverA 1920's-era excavator fell into the river from an undercut banl below Dexter Dam. The land is privately owned and there isn't safe portage. A private contractor is required to remove the structure. Signs are posted upstream to the dam alerting boaters of the structure. Boaters are urged to avoid this area. 43.573803, -122.515746
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