We camped at Nehalem Falls Campground over Memorial day and on Saturday morning I jack-knifed the trailer and slid the boat down the Beaver Slide. I was fearful at first, but with the exception of some green bottom paint on the rocks at the bottom of the 100' bank slide, all went well. My friend Dave went along for moral support and did a little fishing, as well. The drift to Roy Creek boat ramp was slow going. Locals said the water was at Winter levels, but there still was not much water in the river. The only challenge was the first little rapid where you go left. My friend Dave helped me set up way to the right and we were not perfectly aligned, so we scraped bottom a bit because I was staying so far back from the flow that I was in the shallows too much. It took 4 hours and I had to row downstream in several places. The boat sticks so well that with the slightest breeze up river I would sit still with no movement at all. I realized how small a 13.5' boat really is. Not much room to move around, but for the lower Nehalem I can't imagine anything larger going down the river. Dave showed me how to pull plugs and just row enough to go back and forth across the river. It took very little effort to stay stationary. We noted many holes to fish for Chinook in the Winter. Dose anyone know how much higher the river gets in the Spring melt?
Sorry to take so long getting this posted. I am looking for suggestions for another ultra easy beginner drift to do next, preferably in the vicinity of the West side of Portland.