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Jefferson county, Rainbow Campground to fish hatchery section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS IV+     3.2 miles
  Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in Washington tend to be more challenging than the national average, so keep in mind that many of the sections here are not safe for beginners. The Rainbow Campground to fish hatchery stretch of Big Quilcene River in Jefferson County is 3.2 miles long and has been determined by American Whitewater to be a class IV+ section. There are some good sections to paddle in this river system, the Rainbow Campground
    to fish hatchery section is one of them. Since you're on this site you are probably into whitewater rafting or kayaking, either way this is an area with plenty of spots for that. A good workout and spending some quality
time in nature have a lot of people coming here. There are campgrounds quite near the river where you can camp. This section is quite short so it's not like you're gonna spend hours on the river in one stretch. The nature scenery of Washington and the cool fresh water are in themselves reasons enough to come here to paddle. The starting location is a reasonable drive from Bremerton-Silverdale, please print out a copy of the road map further  
down the page so you wonít get lost. The Olympic Mountains scenery is wonderful. You might have to settle for a hotel a bit away from the river if you want to stay the night, but if you donít have reservations you might end up sleeping in your car.

Briefly about the general area:
A pleasant spot to visit close to Big Quilcene River is Walker Pass, and you should without doubt have a look at delightful Scenic Beach since you're here. All the outdoors cool things in the Olympic Mountains will keep you coming back persistently. The Deadfall Trail is a good hiking trail in close proximity to Big Quilcene River, and a spree to Maple Beach is always a nice idea.

Big Quilcene River, Rainbow Campground to fish hatchery 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 Big Quilcene River.
 Whitewater Near Big Quilcene River:
Big Quilcene River, Jefferson County, 1 miles away
      Class IV+ - 3.2 miles long (Rainbow Campground to fish hatchery)
Big Quilcene River, Jefferson County, 3 miles away
      Class V+ - 2 miles long (Tunnel Creek to Rainbow Campground)
Dosewallips River, Jefferson County, 7 miles away
      Class II-III - 6.5 miles long (Six Mile Bridge to Dosewallips State Park)
Duckabush River, Jefferson County, 10 miles away
      Class IV - 6.2 miles long (2515 Bridge to Highway 101)
Dosewallips River, Jefferson County, 12 miles away
      Class III-IV+ - 5.2 miles long (Elkhorn Campground to Six Mile Bridge)
Dungeness River, Clallam County, 14 miles away
      Class III-IV - 3 miles long (Gold Creek to Dungeness Forks Campground)
Dungeness River, Clallam County, 16 miles away
      Class III - 5.5 miles long (Dungeness Forks Campground to hatchery)
Dosewallips River, Jefferson County, 17 miles away
      Class V+ - 3 miles long (Dosewallips Falls to Elkhorn Campground)
Hamma Hamma River, Mason County, 17 miles away
      Class III-IV - 5 miles long (Hamma Hamma Campground to gorge)
Jefferson Creek, Mason County, 18 miles away
      Class V - 2.1 miles long (Elk Lake to Hamma Hamma)
 Ski Areas Near Big Quilcene River:
Hurricane Ridge Ski Lodge, Washington , 42 miles away, 800 foot drop, 3 lifts, 10 runs
Mount Seymour, British Columbia , 73 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
Mt.Baker, Washington , 100 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 8 lifts, 38 runs
 Marinas Near Big Quilcene River:
Home Port Marina, Brinnon , 6 miles away
Pleasant Harbor Marina, Brinnon , 6 miles away
Port Hadlock Bay Marina, Port Hadlock , 16 miles away
Port of Silverdale, Silverdale , 17 miles away
Port of Port Townsend, Port Townsend , 19 miles away
 Beaches Near Big Quilcene River:
Maple Beach, Kitsap , 8 miles away
Scenic Beach, Kitsap , 8 miles away
Miami Beach, Kitsap , 8 miles away
 Hotels Near Big Quilcene River:
Holiday Inn Express & Suites SEQUIM, Sequim , 17 miles away
BEST WESTERN PLUS Silverdale Beach Hotel, Silverdale , 17 miles away
Days Inn And Suites Sequim, Sequim , 18 miles away
Econo Lodge Sequim, Sequim , 18 miles away
Avante' Suites, Silverdale , 18 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Big Quilcene River:
Falls View Campground, Jefferson County, 1 miles away
Quilcene County Park, Quilcene, 3 miles away
Cove Rv Park, Brinnon, 3 miles away
 Trails Near Big Quilcene River:
Deadfall Trail, Clallam , 7 miles away,  1.6 hiking miles, 1380 feet elevation difference
Mount Jupiter Trail, Jefferson , 8 miles away,  12 hiking miles, 3830 feet elevation difference
Mount Zion Trail, Clallam , 8 miles away,  7.8 hiking miles, 2262 feet elevation difference
Bear Mountain Trail, Clallam , 12 miles away, 2.5 hiking miles, 1626 feet elevation difference
Tubal Cain Mine Trail, Jefferson , 13 miles away, 12 hiking miles, 5265 feet elevation difference
Clink Trail, Clallam , 17 miles away,  3.6 hiking miles, 1670 feet elevation difference
Royal Creek Trail, Kittitas , 18 miles away,  29 hiking miles, 5153 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near Big Quilcene River:
Olympic National Park, Port Angeles - WA , 43 miles away
Lake Chelan National Recreation Area, Sedro-Woolley - WA , 61 miles away
Dosewallips State Park, Washington , 5 miles away
Pleasant Harbor State Park, Washington , 6 miles away
Scenic Beach State Park, Washington , 8 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Big Quilcene River:
Discovery Bay Golf Club, Port Townsend , 13 miles away
Resort At Port Ludlow, Port Ludlow , 16 miles away
Port Ludlow Golf Course, Port Ludlow , 16 miles away
 Lakes Near Big Quilcene River
Tarboo Lake, Jefferson , 8 miles away
Cattail Lake, Kitsap , 15 miles away
Island Lake, Kitsap , 19 miles away

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