River Runs Kayaking Whitewater

The Miami Bar to Oak Flat section of the Illinois River in Oregon is a beautiful river run, best floated in the late spring or early summer. The water can be fast and challenging during high water periods, with some Class III rapids and small drops to navigate. At lower water levels, the river becomes more technical, with tight channels and rocks to avoid. There are several obstacles along the way, including a large boulder garden just upstream of Oak Flat, which requires careful maneuvering. Recommended CFS for this stretch of river is between 800-1500. Overall, this is a fun and challenging river run suitable for intermediate paddlers.

Realtime River Levels

Illinois River Near Kerby
USGS 14377100
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Fire Weather Watch
Until 2024-07-20T05:00:00-07:00 National Weather Service
An upper level low will move up from the south along the California coast Saturday, and will tap into some moisture that is expected to increase late Saturday afternoon into Saturday night. At the same time elevated instability will increase along with a moderate to strong trigger which could result in isolated to possibly scattered thunderstorms in the overnight period Saturday into Sunday morning. Given how dry fuels are along with the recent hot stretch, lightning efficiency will he high despite storms coming in during the night. The National Weather Service in Medford has issued a Fire Weather Watch, which is in effect from Saturday afternoon through Sunday morning. * IMPACTS...Given the recent prolonged stretch of very hot and very dry conditions, lightning efficiency will be high to very high for fire starts. Any fires that develop will likely spread rapidly. Additionally, winds will allow for new and existing fires to grow rapidly out of control. * AFFECTED AREA...All of Fire Zones 615, 616, 617, 618, 619, 620, 622, and 623. * THUNDERSTORMS...Isolated to scattered thunderstorms are possible Saturday night. Lightning strikes outside of precipitation cores are possible and cause for concern. * OUTFLOW WINDS...Gusts up to 40 mph. These outflow winds can travel up to 50 miles away from the thunderstorm that caused it. * DETAILED URL...View the hazard area in detail at

July 19, 2024







Last Updated 2023-06-13
River Levels 2750 cfs (8.27 ft)
Percent of Normal 103%
Optimal Range 500-3500 cfs
Status Too Low
Class Level IV+ to V
Elevation 1,202 ft
Run Length 34.0 Mi
Gradient 24 FPM
Streamflow Discharge 67.6 cfs
Gauge Height 1.1 ft
Reporting Streamgage Illinois River Near Kerby
USGS 14377100

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