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Washington whitewater, Big Quilcene River

Jefferson county, Tunnel Creek to Rainbow Campground section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS V+     2 miles
  The Tunnel Creek to Rainbow Campground stretch of Big Quilcene River in Washington is 2 miles long and it is classified as a class V+ section by American Whitewater. The starting location is a short drive from Bremerton-Silverdale, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that. There arenít any hotels right nearby but if you're willing to drive a short distance then no problem but do book a room before you come because it is a very
    popular destination. There's camping available near Big Quilcene River. The scenic beauty of Washington and the water flowing gracefully down Big Quilcene River are reasons enough to come here and paddle. The average Washington
whitewater rafting or kayaking river tends to be harder to run than those in other states, so if you're not from around here don't forget that many of the rivers here are not very forgiving. This river system has a few good paddling sections and the Tunnel Creek to Rainbow Campground section is one of them. No matter if you're whitewater rafting or kayaking there are lots of good places for that around here. This is a pretty short section so  
better bring some good walking shoes. The river winds through the Olympic Mountains and you get great scenery. A bit of exercise and a chance to spend some time outdoors are sure to keep you coming back for more.

Briefly about the general area:
During your trip to Big Quilcene River you'll meet some folks from Brinnon for sure. On a great day at Big Quilcene River you can take a hike along the Deadfall Trail, and Scenic Beach is a beautiful beach to pop by. This river is so wonderful. If the weather is delightful here at Big Quilcene River, you can go for a hike along the Mount Jupiter Trail, and a day at gorgeous Maple Beach in the vicinity of Big Quilcene River is a nice thing to do.

Big Quilcene River, Tunnel Creek to Rainbow Campground road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.


Detailed Map

Stats for this river stretch

Local weather forecast

These outdoors activities are available near Big Quilcene River.
 Whitewater Near Big Quilcene River:
Big Quilcene River, Jefferson County, 1 miles away
      Class V+ - 2 miles long (Tunnel Creek to Rainbow Campground)
Big Quilcene River, Jefferson County, 1 miles away
      Class IV+ - 3.2 miles long (Rainbow Campground to fish hatchery)
Dosewallips River, Jefferson County, 5 miles away
      Class II-III - 6.5 miles long (Six Mile Bridge to Dosewallips State Park)
Duckabush River, Jefferson County, 8 miles away
      Class IV - 6.2 miles long (2515 Bridge to Highway 101)
Dosewallips River, Jefferson County, 10 miles away
      Class III-IV+ - 5.2 miles long (Elkhorn Campground to Six Mile Bridge)
Dungeness River, Clallam County, 13 miles away
      Class III-IV - 3 miles long (Gold Creek to Dungeness Forks Campground)
Dosewallips River, Jefferson County, 15 miles away
      Class V+ - 3 miles long (Dosewallips Falls to Elkhorn Campground)
Dungeness River, Clallam County, 15 miles away
      Class III - 5.5 miles long (Dungeness Forks Campground to hatchery)
Hamma Hamma River, Mason County, 16 miles away
      Class III-IV - 5 miles long (Hamma Hamma Campground to gorge)
Jefferson Creek, Mason County, 17 miles away
      Class V - 2.1 miles long (Elk Lake to Hamma Hamma)
 Ski Areas Near Big Quilcene River:
Hurricane Ridge Ski Lodge, Washington , 41 miles away, 800 foot drop, 3 lifts, 10 runs
Mount Seymour, British Columbia , 74 miles away, 1083 foot drop, 5 lifts, 23 runs
Grouse Mountain, British Columbia , 75 miles away, 1260 foot drop, 5 lifts, 26 runs
Cypress Mountain, British Columbia , 77 miles away, 2410 foot drop, 9 lifts, 52 runs
 Marinas Near Big Quilcene River:
Home Port Marina, Brinnon , 5 miles away
Pleasant Harbor Marina, Brinnon , 5 miles away
Port Hadlock Bay Marina, Port Hadlock , 18 miles away
Port of Silverdale, Silverdale , 18 miles away
 Beaches Near Big Quilcene River:
Maple Beach, Kitsap , 8 miles away
Scenic Beach, Kitsap , 9 miles away
Miami Beach, Kitsap , 9 miles away
 Hotels Near Big Quilcene River:
Holiday Inn Express & Suites SEQUIM, Sequim , 16 miles away
Days Inn And Suites Sequim, Sequim , 17 miles away
Econo Lodge Sequim, Sequim , 17 miles away
Lost Mountain Lodge, Sequim , 18 miles away
BEST WESTERN PLUS Silverdale Beach Hotel, Silverdale , 18 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Big Quilcene River:
Falls View Campground, Jefferson County, 1 miles away
Cove Rv Park, Brinnon, 4 miles away
Quilcene County Park, Quilcene, 5 miles away
 Trails Near Big Quilcene River:
Mount Jupiter Trail, Jefferson , 6 miles away,  12 hiking miles, 3830 feet elevation difference
Deadfall Trail, Clallam , 7 miles away,  1.6 hiking miles, 1380 feet elevation difference
Mount Zion Trail, Clallam , 7 miles away,  7.8 hiking miles, 2262 feet elevation difference
Bear Mountain Trail, Clallam , 11 miles away, 2.5 hiking miles, 1626 feet elevation difference
Tubal Cain Mine Trail, Jefferson , 12 miles away, 12 hiking miles, 5265 feet elevation difference
Clink Trail, Clallam , 16 miles away,  3.6 hiking miles, 1670 feet elevation difference
Royal Creek Trail, Kittitas , 17 miles away,  29 hiking miles, 5153 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near Big Quilcene River:
Olympic National Park, Port Angeles - WA , 41 miles away
Lake Chelan National Recreation Area, Sedro-Woolley - WA , 63 miles away
Dosewallips State Park, Washington , 5 miles away
Pleasant Harbor State Park, Washington , 5 miles away
Scenic Beach State Park, Washington , 9 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Big Quilcene River:
Discovery Bay Golf Club, Port Townsend , 14 miles away
Gold Mountain Golf Complex, Port Orchard , 18 miles away
Resort At Port Ludlow, Port Ludlow , 18 miles away
 Lakes Near Big Quilcene River
Tarboo Lake, Jefferson , 9 miles away
Cattail Lake, Kitsap , 16 miles away
Upper Elk Lake, Mason , 17 miles away

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