Dorr’s Rock

About Dorr’s Rock

John Dorr owned River Adventures West and was an outfitter on the Middle Fork Salmon. Like other rapids on other rivers, getting a feature named after you typically implies that something bad happened. However, in John’s case, he had a fellow guide wrap on this rock while he was on the trip. He then swam out to the rock to assist the boatman and at that moment, another company floated by and spotted him on the rock with the pinned raft. The rest is history.

How to run Dorr’s Rock

Dorr’s Rock is a classic example of how indecision can thwart your run. The move itself is easy, as long as you stick to one direction. The river makes a sharp bend left and as it exits the bend, a large wrap rock is in the channel. At low flows, the wrap rock is not in play as a small sandbar will build right in front of it as well as the channel to the right will close off. At other levels, the wrap potential is high if you head into it and indecisiveness is in play as both a left and right option are possible. My personal rule, which has never failed me, is to decide to go left of the rock at all flows – even if this is a harder move at certain levels. My reasoning is the left line is always open and by committing ahead of time, indecisiveness is eliminated.

Wrapped raft at Dorr's Rock on the Middle Fork of the Salmon

A private boater surveys his wrapped raft