Randy May Family in Hillsboro Oregon

May 20, 2008

Nehalem River: Spruce Run County Park to Nehalem Falls

Filed under: Camping,Canoeing,Scenic Trips — rmay4 @ 2:28 am
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Preview: The Nehalem River flows westward from the northern Coast Range to the Pacific Ocean, and is among the largest rivers in the Coast Range. In earlier times many logs were floated down the Nehalem from the lush forests where they were cut. The terrain along the river is rugged, with very few inhabitants, and in places the hills rise 1200 feet above the river. One freight train per day still makes the round trip from Portland to Tillamook on the coast, following a 1910 route along the Salmonberry and Nehalem Rivers. Character: forested.

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Campground Name: Spruce Run

Administered by National Forest / Park/ State: Oregon

Specific Agency: State Agency

Directions to Spruce Run: From Jct of US-26 & Spruce Run Rd, S 5 mi on Spruce Run Rd (E)

Camping Season: May 15 to Sep 15 (As the season may vary from year-to-year and based on conditions please check before visiting)

Number and Type of Campsites: Available: 30 Gravel: 30 10 pull-thrus(15 x 40) Back-ins(15 x 35) Mostly shaded Room for slide outs

Other Features and Amenities: Restrooms Only Firewood Handicap Access Table at Site

Internet and Wireless Access: no

Contact Information and Reservations:
Telephone: 503-325-9306
If no email is available additional information can be found at the State Agency Website


Spruce Run County Park to Nehalem Falls


Nehalem River

Main River:

Nehalem River



Nearest Town:




Recommended Levels:

2,000 – 8,000 CFS


14 miles

Number of Portages:



16 FPM



Current Conditions (Source: USGS)










02/28 01:00


- Put-in is at Spruce Run County Park.
- A mile below is put-in is Little Falls, the first major rapid. Consists of several 2 to 4 ft ledges.
- Biggest rapid is Salmonberry Drop, near where the Salmonberry River joins in from the left. Scout this rapid.
- Take-out is at Nehalem Falls Park (above Nehalem Falls rapids).
- Class 3-4 Nehalem Falls (located below the normal take-out) can be run at flows of 5,000 cfs and more, but should be scouted.For more details, check out "Soggy Sneakers," a guide to paddling Oregon by the Willamette Kayak and Canoe Club, or "Paddling Oregon," by Robb Keller. If you would like to submit information on this run, email info@wetdawg.com.

Forested and remote

Little Falls, located one mile below the put-in, should be scouted at low water. Salmonberry Drop, located just after mile 8, is the largest rapids on the run and should always be scouted. Nehalem Falls becomes unrunnable below 5,000 cfs and should be scouted.

TAKE-OUT: Nehalem Falls Park. Follow the road as it parallels along the river. If you run Nehalem Falls, the alternate take-out is at the bridge, .5 miles downstream.PUT-IN:
Spruce Run County Park. Take US 26 west from Portland to the Nehalem River, 5 miles west of the highway summit. Two miles farther, is Elsie. Take the road south. Spruce Run County Park is approximately 6 miles past the turnoff.


Spruce Run County Park

1 Comment »

  1. Nice Site!

    Comment by 1st premier — June 5, 2008 @ 12:06 am | Reply

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