Storms Bring Flooding to Smith Rock

March 13, 2016

Heavy downpours with flooding have been the norm at the park for the past few days, coming all at once in buckets with lots of wind. While most of the trails dried out in-between storms from their sandy composition, in several sections high water took out the River Trail on the west side completely.

The so-called "beach" around the Southern Tip was flooded over the weekend for a 6-foot section and also before the trail splits to go up to the Mesa Verde Trail on the right.

puddles on the River Trail Smith Rock State Park
puddles on the River Trail Smith Rock State Park
long view washed out River Trail at Smith Rock State Park
long view washed out River Trail at Smith Rock State Park

This map from the Park management shows the general second area of flooding. The first area is half-way between the arrow and the Southern Tip.

While temporary trails from hikers have by-passed the area, be sure to keep small children and pets away from the rapidly moving water.