About this guide
This guide outlines Oregon Hole Gorge on the Middle Fork of the Smith River.
All data points were collected using GPS. This location information is provided. These locations were checked against Google Earth for accuracy. Distances are the averages of repeated trips that were GPSed.
Put-ins and take-outs include links to their Google Map locations. Use this to accurately build shuttle directions.
Oregon Hole Gorge is a short, exciting stretch of whitewater. At low water, the river is clear and gorgeous. The Gorge is scenic, with rock walls and dense forest lining the river on either side. At high flows, the features, especially Oregon Hole Rapid, can become quite large and challenging.
Oregon Hole Gorge has easy roadside access from Highway 199. It is wise to go with someone who has seen the Smith River before at multiple flow levels, as the river changes drastically from one level to the next. Hole in the Wall rapid has known sieves that are exposed at low water, as well as an undercut wall alongside the left side of the rapid. At most flows, it is possible to scout the rapids in the Gorge, and we advise scouting to all boaters that do not have recent Oregon Hole Gorge experience.
Permits are not needed to run this stretch of the Smith River.
It is easy to set shuttle along Highway 199. Boaters can park/put-in at the Gorge Access on Highway 199 and leave take-out cars the Forks River Access and Boat Ramp.