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Washington whitewater, Carbon River

Pierce county, 177th St. East to Puyallup River section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS II     9 miles
 
Can you do a little gold panning along the Carbon river on rest stops from rafting? Says Jimmy

The natural beauty of Pierce County and the water flowing gracefully down Carbon River are reasons enough to come here and paddle. This section of Carbon River in Pierce County is 9 miles long and is a class II section of whitewater according to American Whitewater. Getting your paddling muscles activated and just being out on the river
    for a while will have you coming back for more. Since you're on this site you are probably into whitewater rafting or kayaking, either way around here you'll find a large number of good spots. The 177th St. East to Puyallup
River section is one of a few paddling sections in this river system. If you're a camper you can camp at one of the great campgrounds nearby. The starting location is a short drive from Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, as you can see on the road map further down. This is a pretty decent length section, suitable for an afternoon trip. If you've been whitewater rafting and kayaking outside Washington you might find the rivers here a bit more challenging,  
    so you'd better keep in mind that a large number of rivers in this state are not easy. The nearby hotels are a bit away from the river, but if you don’t have reservations you might end up sleeping in your car.

Briefly
  about the general area:
The nice people of Orting like to hang out close by, and a trip here wouldn’t be complete without a visit to nearby Flaming Geyser State Park. An average amount of rainfall falls at Carbon River. Most of the rain falls all through November while July is the month with the least amount of precipitation. Through the summertime months here at Carbon River, high temperatures usually get into the 70's, and during summer nights temperatures are in the 50's.

Carbon River, 177th St. East to Puyallup River 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 Carbon River.
 Whitewater Near Carbon River:
Puyallup River, Pierce County, 4 miles away
      Class II - 9 miles long (Kapowsin Road Bridge to Highway 162)
Carbon River, Pierce County, 4 miles away
      Class II - 9 miles long (177th St. East to Puyallup River)
Puyallup River, Pierce County, 5 miles away
      Class I-II - 6.1 miles long (McMillin to Puyallup)
South Praire Creek, Pierce County, 8 miles away
      Class II+ - 5.8 miles long (Lower Burnett to above Carbon River)
Green River, King County, 8 miles away
      Class II - 2.8 miles long (Flaming Geyser State Park to 212 Way SE Bridge)
White River, Pierce County, 11 miles away
      Class II - 12.5 miles long (Buckley to Auburn)
Whitewater Outfitter - Wildwater River Tours, King County, 12 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Carbon River, Pierce County, 12 miles away
      Class V - 9 miles long (Fairfax to 177th St. East)
Puyallup River, Pierce County, 12 miles away
      Class IV+ - 9 miles long (Niesson Creek to Electron)
Mashel River, Pierce County, 13 miles away
      Class II-IV - 7.5 miles long (Eatonville to Nisqually River confluence)
 Ski Areas Near Carbon River:
Crystal Mountain, Washington , 49 miles away, 3100 foot drop, 11 lifts, 50 runs
Alpental, Washington , 53 miles away, 2280 foot drop, 5 lifts, 19 runs
Summit at Snoqualmie, Washington , 54 miles away, 2280 foot drop, 26 lifts, 96 runs
White Pass, Washington , 58 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 6 lifts, 32 runs
Stevens Pass, Washington , 66 miles away, 1800 foot drop, 10 lifts, 37 runs
Mt.Baker, Washington , 89 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 8 lifts, 38 runs
Cooper Spur, Oregon , 89 miles away, 500 foot drop, 2 lifts, 10 runs
Timberline Lodge, Oregon , 90 miles away, 3590 foot drop, 6 lifts, 32 runs
Mt. Hood Ski Bowl, Oregon , 90 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 9 lifts, 65 runs
Mt. Hood Meadows, Oregon , 91 miles away, 2777 foot drop, 12 lifts, 87 runs
 Marinas Near Carbon River:
Narrows Marina, Auburn , 10 miles away
Continental Marina, Des Moines , 17 miles away
Des Moines Marina, Seattle , 17 miles away
Chinook Landing Marina, Tacoma , 18 miles away
Tyee Marina, Tacoma , 19 miles away
 Beaches Near Carbon River:
Des Moines Beach, King , 18 miles away
 Hotels Near Carbon River:
Holiday Inn Express & Suites SUMNER, Sumner , 8 miles away
Econo Lodge Buckley, Buckley , 9 miles away
Tayberry Victorian Cottage Bed, Puyallup , 9 miles away
Hampton Inn And Suites Puyallup, Puyallup , 9 miles away
Fairfield Inn & Suites Tacoma Puyallup, Puyallup , 9 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Carbon River:
Sierra-rainier, Orting, 2 miles away
South Prairie Creek RV Park, South Prairie, 5 miles away
Uncle John's Rv Park, Buckley, 6 miles away
 Public Lands Near Carbon River:
Mount Rainier National Park, Ashford - WA , 22 miles away
Lake Chelan National Recreation Area, Sedro-Woolley - WA , 66 miles away
Flaming Geyser State Park, Washington , 12 miles away
Saltwater State Park, Washington , 16 miles away
Nolte State Park, Washington , 17 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Carbon River:
Hi-Cedars Golf Club, Orting , 5 miles away
High Cedars Golf Club, Orting , 5 miles away
Lake Tapps Island Golf Course, Sumner , 6 miles away
 Lakes Near Carbon River
Lake Chalet, Pierce , 10 miles away
Tanwax Lake, Pierce , 12 miles away
North Lake, King , 12 miles away

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