Zach Collier: I was invited by the legendary Val Shaull to paddle the Crooked River from Lone Pine Bridge to China Dam. The Lower Crooked only has enough water to paddle a handful of days each year so I jumped at the chance. The whitewater was amazing but what really stood out was the amazing scenery. Floating through Smith Rock State Park was special as well as the vertically walled canyons downstream of Highway 26. It took us several trips to hike our catarafts out of the canyon below China Dam but we all agreed it was worth the effort.
OwSR No. 10: Crooked River
- Two separate segments: Lower Crooked Segment and Lower Crooked (Chimney Rock) Segment
- Well known for it's Class IV/V whitewater
No Name Rapid on the Crooked River | Photo: Zach Collier
Celebrated by Emily Little, Dan Kaler, and Brian Thibeault by kayaking the Loewr Crooked on March 18, 2017.