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Oregon whitewater, Nehalem River

Columbia county, Vernonia to Birkenfeld section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS I(II)     25.9 miles
  The Vernonia to Birkenfeld section of Nehalem River in Oregon is 25.9 miles long and is according to American Whitewater a class I(II) section of whitewater. The wonderful Oregon scenery and the playfulness of the water attract people from near and far. Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking this area has a large number of paddling spots. You can enjoy this section more if you take your time, so pack your camping stuff. There are
    so many sections to paddle in this river system, the Vernonia to Birkenfeld section is just one of many. If you're coming from Longview-Kelso it's not a long drive at all to the put-in location, if you're not familiar with
the area there's a road map further down the page. There are campgrounds quite near the river where you can camp. The beauty of the Coast Ranges is a great plus for this river. Getting your paddling muscles activated and a chance to spend some time outdoors are great reasons to come. If you've been out of state whitewater rafting and kayaking you might find the rivers here more demanding, so you'd better keep in mind that many of the sections  
here are not safe for beginners. There arenít any hotels right nearby but if you're willing to drive a short distance then no problem and if you make reservations in advance you're all set.

Briefly about the general area:
A spree to Jones Beach in the vicinity of Nehalem River is always a good idea, and if you're going to from Clatskanie, you won't be the only one. You just can't envision the amount of outdoors amusing things the Coast Ranges has to offer. If you want to hit the beach, Westport Beach is in close proximity. A good deal of precipitation falls at Nehalem River.

Nehalem River, Vernonia to Birkenfeld road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.

   

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OUTDOORS
These outdoors activities are available near Nehalem River.
 Whitewater Near Nehalem River:
Rock Creek, Columbia County, 5 miles away
      Class I-II(III) - 12.2 miles long (Keasey to mouth)
Nehalem River, Columbia County, 6 miles away
      Class I(II) - 25.9 miles long (Vernonia to Birkenfeld)
Nehalem River, Columbia County, 6 miles away
      Class I-II - 10 miles long (Upper Nehalem to Vernonia)
Wilson River - Devil's Lake Fork, Tillamook County, 17 miles away
      Class IV - 4.6 miles long (Six miles West of Glenwood to main stem Wilson)
Germany Creek, Cowlitz County, 19 miles away
      Class III+ - 3.3 miles long (Road 1300 to end of county road)
Wilson River - South Fork, Tillamook County, 20 miles away
      Class II(IV) - 8 miles long (Upper Reaches to Devils Lake Fork)
Elochoman River, Wahkiakum County, 20 miles away
      Class II-III+ - 11 miles long (North Fork to Beaver Creek hatchery)
Coal Creek, Cowlitz County, 21 miles away
      Class III+(IV) - 4.5 miles long (East Fork to Harmony Dr.)
Jordan Creek, Tillamook County, 23 miles away
      Class III+(IV) - 6.5 miles long (Headwaters to Wilson River)
Chehalis River - East Fork, Lewis County, 24 miles away
      Class III - 3 miles long (mile 3 to Chehalis River)
 Marinas Near Nehalem River:
Elochman Slough Marina, Cathlamet , 16 miles away
 Beaches Near Nehalem River:
Jones Beach, Columbia , 11 miles away
Westport Beach, Clatsop , 13 miles away
 Hotels Near Nehalem River:
The Villa At Little Cape Horn, Cathlamet , 16 miles away
Americas Best Value Inn, Forest Grove , 23 miles away
BEST WESTERN University Inn & Suites, Forest Grove , 23 miles away
Quality Inn & Suites Longview, Longview , 25 miles away
BEST WESTERN Aladdin Inn, Kelso , 26 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Nehalem River:
Vernonia Airport Park, Vernonia, 4 miles away
Cedar Ridge, Vernonia, 5 miles away
Anderson City Park, Vernonia, 6 miles away
 Public Lands Near Nehalem River:
Fort Clatsop National Memorial, Astoria - OR , 41 miles away
Bald Peak State Park, Oregon , 29 miles away
Saddle Mountain State Park, Oregon , 30 miles away
Rainbow Falls State Park, Washington , 34 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Nehalem River:
Vernonia Golf Club, Vernonia , 4 miles away
Skyline Golf Course, Cathlamet , 15 miles away
Quail Valley Golf Course, Banks , 19 miles away
 Lakes Near Nehalem River
Fishhawk Lake, Clatsop , 9 miles away

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