May 29, 2013

North Fork Mahleur River


We took a four day trip down the Wild and Scenic stretch of the North Fork of the Malheur River in Central Eastern Oregon over Memorial Day.

Put-in was just below a barb wire fence that crosses the river at the North Fork Malheur River Campground.

The river got a little better after the first 2 miles and 200 log portages


More fences, though we were able to paddle through it between the planks.


A nice camp site the first night.

The worst portage, a gorged out log jam, forced us to hike up and around the blockage.

We wish we could say this was what poked a hole in Kirk's boat.

Boat down!


But sadly it was just a really pointy sharp rock.


We were only a half mile from the end of the floating part of the trip, so we just packed up our boats walked to our next camp.


The Little Malheur.... a little too little to float.


Our hike out.


There is a trail here somewhere.

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