The Breitenbush is a popular central Oregon river with excellent water quality and scenic moss covered gorges.This III-IV run has mostly pool droop rapids and, at medium to low flows, is a good stepping stone run for boaters getting into class IV creeking.
Mile 0.4: The Slot (IV) is the first major rapid of the run and starts with a fast moving lead-in before plunging over a small, uniform ledge. A small slackwater pool offers a moment to collect before the river drops through a fun flume where the canyon walls constrict the flow.
Mile 1.1: The next significant rapid is the Notch (IV-) where the river drops over a broken ledge. While there used to be a right line, the rapid has recently changed and the right side presents a wood and sieve hazard. The most common line is to run far left boofing a three foot ledge.
Between the Notch and the next bridge the river passes through consistent class III-III+ rapids and ledges. At low flows there are eddies and slackwater pools to recover in but at high flows this section has a more sustained class IV feel to it. Most of the rapids are boat scoutable but wood can collect in some of the more constricted canyon sections.
Mile 6.8: Not long after passing under the road bridge you arrive at Barbel (IV). Here the river forms two channels around a huge midstream rock with the right channel plunging over a sloping ledge that you don’t want to plug and the left channel dropping through a fun but easier line.
Mile 7.6: After more fun class III rapids paddlers arrive at Woo Man Choo (IV). Here the river drops through a number of doors with multiple line options ranging in difficulty. The left line is a boof over a hole while, at higher flows, a twisting drop through a small chute opens up on the right.