North Umpqua River Paddlerafting
June 5, 1983
The first Obsidian paddlerafting trip on the North Umpqua River won
resounding applause from most participants.
Oregon River Experiences (ORE), owned by Obsidian Bob Doppelt, outfitted our
trip providing four rafts, guides Bob, Jim, Trish, and leader John, lunch along
the river and a most continuously challenging raft trip.
After meeting at Susan Creek State Park, we carpooled to just about the mouth
of Steamboat Creek where we put in.
We had only a few minutes of practice in coordinating our paddling before we
successfully navigated the first major rapid, Steamboat.
Our ORE leader, John, described the North Umpqua as a “pool and drop”
river, but there were a lot more drops than pools.
John Cecil was the first person to “test the water”.
Dallas Cole located the river bottom at about neck level while getting out of
her raft to scout Bathtub Rapids.
Shortly afterwards, Dallas and her guide Jim took an unplanned swim together.
Island, the last major rapid, proved a surmountable challenge to the new
The trip ended too soon for some rafters, but at the right time for other
We had so much fun that we have scheduled another paddleraft trip on the
Upper McKenzie on September 25th.
Those on the North Umpqua were John Cecil, Barbara and Debra Clapp,
Dallas and John Cole, Bob and Leona Devine, Margaret Crosland, Bob Doppelt,
Barbara Elsen, Jack and Joella Ewing, Mary Fulton, Betty Legris,
Cara McKenzie, Liz McMullin, Parker Riddle, Gene Thaxton, Paula Vehrs,
Tom and Ken Woxell and leader Joe Lowry.