Boater's Guide Map 6 Feature Descriptions

*Identifies major rapids of Class III and above.

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206.0 Lookout Creek
Shallow landing, no water, some shade; large group.

209.4 Tryon Creek
Good landing, shade, water at creek; large group.

209.8 Camp Creek
Some shade, no water; large group.

210.0 Somers Creek
Rocky landing, water, shade; large group.

210.4 Lower Big Canyon
No water, sandy beach; small group.

210.6 Big Canyon
Fair landing, water, shade; large group.

212.0 McCarty Creek
Difficult landing, no water; medium group.

212.4 Davis Creek
Good landing, no water; medium group.

213.0 Geology Note: Pillow Basalt
From mile 213-209, the river cuts through thick deposits of pillow basalt and breccia. These rocks formed on the sides of a giant undersea volcano about 230 million years ago.

213.0 Historical Notes: Proposed Pleasant Valley Dam, 1954
A 1954 proposal sited Pleasant Valley Dam about 1/4 mile below the creek. The dam, 535' high with the world's 5 largest generators, would have backed up water to the base of Hells Canyon Dam. Yellow paint on bluffs on both sides indicate the darn's proposed location and height.

213.3 Pleasant Valley
Boat landing very difficult at some water levels. Shade, water 150 yards upstream from camp; medium group. Accessible via off-road vehicle trail from Pittsburg Landing.

213.5 *Pleasant Valley Rapids
Class II or Ill, depending on water level. Rocks above rapids, turbulent water. 214.5 Pittsburg Campground Campground, 28 sites, about 1/4 mile from river, some shade, no water, toilet, table, some handicapped accessible sites.

214.7 Geology Note: Mt. Mazama Ash
The layer of whitish sediment in the outcrop on the OR side is ash that was deposited about 6,800 years ago, when a huge volcanic eruption over 200 miles southwest of here blew up Mt. Mazarna, forming Crater Lake. Rainfall washed the ash into depressions where it was concentrated in deposits from several inches to several feet deep.

214.6 Pittsburg Administrative Site
Administrative site, not available for carnping. Communications available here; report fires and emergencies here or at Pittsburg Landing boat ramp when staffed.

214.9 Pittsburg Landing
Road access, boat launch and float apron, visitor information and toilets. Communications available here; report fires and emergencies here or at Pittsburg Administrative Site.

215.7 Wilson Eddy
Good landing, shade, no water; large group.

216.2 Campsite
Road access, good float boat landing, shade, no water; small group.

216.3 Upper Pittsburg
Six campsites, road access, parking, tables, toilets, partially handicapped accessible, some shade, no water.

216.3 Geology and Historical Notes: Pittsburg Landing
The large valley at Pittsburg Landing, cuts through easily-eroded sedimenta- ry rocks about 220-165 million years old. About 15 million years ago, vol- canic eruptions from fissure dikes formed the dark brown layers of Columbia River Basalt on the north skyline. Native Americans wintered here for thou- sands of years, including Toohoolhoolzote's Nez Perce band from about 1840-1870. Homesteaders and ranchers began to settle here in the 1880s.

217.0 Corral Creek
Cobble beach, shade, water updver 200 yards; large group.