Klamath Wild and Scenic River
Lakeview District | OR
Season Dates: 10/1 - 9/30
Fees: No fees are associated with this site.
The Upper Klamath River has a lengthy use season thanks to the steady water releases from the J.C. Boyle Dam and Powerhouse. PacifiCorp, a large regional utility company, operates the dam and powerhouse project to generate hydroelectric power. Rafters and kayakers get to ride the water downstream of the powerhouse. It is technically possible to run the river year-round, but optimum rafting and kayaking weather occurs mostly from May through October.
The whitewaters of the Upper Klamath River are rated at class IV+ to V (Caldera and Hells Corner rapids are rated class IV+ to V, depending on water levels and who is doing the rating). These classes are considered advanced to expert on the rafting scale of one to six. In the middle 5 miles of the Upper Klamath River, there are 19 separate rapids rated class III or higher. If you are not a seasoned river rat, there are a number of guides and outfitters who offer safe, professionally guided trips ranging from one to three days. These outfitters all have many years of experience and their guides are all well trained in river running and safety skills. Most guides offer shore lunches and you might hear a good river tale or two as well.