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Washington whitewater, Calawah River - South Fork

Clallam county, Rugged Ridge Trail to Hyas Creek section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS IV     7 miles
  The wonderful Clallam County scenery and the water flowing gracefully down Calawah River - South Fork will make you feel great. Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in Washington are harder than the national norm, so if you're visiting here do keep in mind that many of the sections here are not safe for beginners. Getting your paddling muscles activated and a chance to spend some time outdoors are great reasons to come. You might have to
    settle for a hotel a bit away from the river if you want to stay the night, but do book a room before you come because it is a very popular destination. The put-in location is a reasonable drive from Port Angeles, if you're
not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. The beautiful Olympic Mountains scenery is an added bonus. On this section you do get some distance, you can easily run it on an afternoon. You might be into whitewater rafting or kayaking or both, doesn't matter, there are lots of good rivers for that around here. And of course, there are campgrounds nearby. This section of Calawah River - South Fork is 7 miles long and  
is a class IV section of whitewater according to American Whitewater. This is not the only paddling stretch in this river system, there are others too.

Briefly about the general area:
Bogachiel State Park is a great place to stretch your legs a bit, and lots of people from Beaver come here. There's no way somebody can get bored here in the Olympic Mountains. There is a magnificent hiking trail next to Calawah River - South Fork called the Pass Trail, and the Rugged Ridge Trail is a glorious hiking trail close by. This river is so perfect. All the water falling down from the sky makes Calawah River - South Fork a wet place.

Calawah River - South Fork, Rugged Ridge Trail to Hyas Creek 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 Calawah River - South Fork.
 Whitewater Near Calawah River - South Fork:
Hyas Creek, Clallam County, 3 miles away
      Class II-III(IV) - 1.5 miles long (FR 29 030 spur to South Fork Calawah confluence)
Calawah River - South Fork, Clallam County, 4 miles away
      Class IV - 7 miles long (Rugged Ridge Trail to Hyas Creek)
Calawah River - North Fork, Clallam County, 4 miles away
      Class II+ - 9.2 miles long (Balch Bridge to South Fork Calawah confluence)
Bogachiel River, Jefferson/Clallam County, 6 miles away
      Class II - 5 miles long (Park Boundary to Highway 101)
Sol Duc River, Clallam County, 6 miles away
      Class III - 6.3 miles long (Bear Creek to Hatchery)
Calawah River, Clallam County, 7 miles away
      Class III - 14.5 miles long (Klahanie Campground to Bogachiel River access)
Sol Duc River, Clallam County, 9 miles away
      Class II+ - 7.5 miles long (Klahowya Campground to Bear Creek)
Sol Duc River, Clallam County, 9 miles away
      Class II - 7.5 miles long (Hatchery to Salmon Drive)
Sitkum River, Clallam County, 9 miles away
      Class II-V - 9.6 miles long (Brandeberry Creek to Hyas Creek)
Christmas Creek, Jefferson County, 11 miles away
      Class II+(IV) - 4 miles long (C2400 bridge to Clearwater River)
 Ski Areas Near Calawah River - South Fork:
Hurricane Ridge Ski Lodge, Washington , 48 miles away, 800 foot drop, 3 lifts, 10 runs
Cypress Mountain, British Columbia , 97 miles away, 2410 foot drop, 9 lifts, 52 runs
 Marinas Near Calawah River - South Fork:
Quileute Marina, Forks , 12 miles away
 Beaches Near Calawah River - South Fork:
Ruby Beach, Jefferson , 18 miles away
Boulder Beach, Jefferson , 19 miles away
 Hotels Near Calawah River - South Fork:
Miller Tree Inn, Forks , 12 miles away
Lake Crescent Lodge, Port Angeles , 29 miles away
Lake Quinault Lodge, Quinault , 33 miles away
Rain Forest Resort Village, Quinault , 34 miles away
BEST WESTERN Lighthouse Suites Inn, Ocean Shores , 43 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Calawah River - South Fork:
Willoughby Creek Campground, Jefferson County, 5 miles away
R and R Sports Center and RV Park, Forks, 6 miles away
Minnie Peterson Campground, Jefferson County, 6 miles away
 Trails Near Calawah River - South Fork:
Rugged Ridge Trail, Clallam , 3 miles away,  4.6 hiking miles, 407 feet elevation difference
Pass Trail, Clallam , 3 miles away,  11.8 hiking miles, 1206 feet elevation difference
Bogachiel Trail, Clallam , 10 miles away, 27 hiking miles, 4321 feet elevation difference
Bogachiel-Hoh Trail, Jefferson , 10 miles away,  20.8 hiking miles, 3229 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near Calawah River - South Fork:
Olympic National Park, Port Angeles - WA , 48 miles away
Bogachiel State Park, Washington , 11 miles away
Pacific Beach State Park, Washington , 34 miles away
Griffiths-Priday State Park, Washington , 37 miles away

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