Exploratory boating will always be my favorite kind of kayaking, even though it often seems more like work than sport. Usually these runs evolve into dangerous torturefests, but every so often you find a gem like Stebbins or the Little Sandy Gorge that makes it all worthwhile.

Not all of these are first descents, but most of them are rarely run, if at all.

Exploratory runs you'll survive:
Alsea, Upper North Fork: III (V)
Calapooia River, the Upper Upper section: III ( IV )
Coquille River, Upper South Fork (The Gem): V
Hurdygurdy Creek (Devils Gap): ( V ) - Northern California
Jackson Creek Gorge: IV
Little River (Upper Section): IV ( V )
Little Sandy Gorge: V ( VI , P )
Lookout Creek: III - IV, 110 fpm.
Roaring River: IV+ , P
Squaw Creek, Upper: IV+ ( 11 Portages, full of wood )
Stebbins Creek, 3rd descent of Brice Canyon at higher flows: V ( P )

Exploratory runs you might not survive:
Coquille River, Upper Upper SF (Cataract Canyon): V+ to VI     (The 35-foot warm-up falls has been run.)

Marion Creek: IV ( 5 to 6 Portages, one dangerous )- April 11th 2000.
NFMF of the Willamette, The Headwaters run: V+ to VI
Salmon River Canyon: V+ to VI , ( P )
Swift Creek: IV+ ( 5 to 7 Portages, full of wood) - June 9, 2000.

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