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Washington whitewater, Chehalis River

Lewis county, Pe Ell to Doty section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS II     6 miles
  The Pe Ell to Doty section of Chehalis River in Washington is 6 miles long and has been rated as a class II section by American Whitewater. The scenic beauty of Washington and the sparkling of the sunlight on the water are in themselves reasons enough to come here to paddle. The sections for whitewater rafting and kayaking here in Washington are often more challenging than in other states, so if you're not from around here don't forget
    that quite a few of the sections here are not easy. A good workout and spending some quality time in nature will have you coming back for more. No matter if you're whitewater rafting or kayaking this is an area with plenty
of places for that. The starting location is a reasonable drive from Olympia, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. The wild scenery of the Olympic Mountains is great. This is a pretty decent length section, suitable for an afternoon trip. And of course, there are campgrounds nearby. There are so many stretches to paddle in this river system, the Pe Ell to Doty stretch is just one of many. The nearby hotels  
are a bit away from the river, but if you donít have reservations you might end up sleeping in your car.

Briefly about the general area:
There are plenty of people from Pe Ell here at Chehalis River. Rainbow Falls State Park is a good site to stretch your legs a bit, and no need to travel far to have a look at attention-grabbing stuff like Jones Bluff. This river is so good. The high level of precipitation makes Chehalis River a reasonably wet location. December is the month that gets the most rain, and the driest month of the year is July. Through the summer months, highs regularly are in the 70's at Chehalis River, and through the night it cools down to the 50's.

Chehalis River, Pe Ell to Doty 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 Chehalis River.
 Whitewater Near Chehalis River:
Chehalis River, Lewis County, 2 miles away
      Class II - 6 miles long (Pe Ell to Doty)
Chehalis River, Lewis County, 5 miles away
      Class II - 3.2 miles long (Rainbow Falls to Meeskill)
Chehalis River, Lewis County, 7 miles away
      Class III-IV - 11.8 miles long (West Fork to Pe Ell)
Chehalis River - West Fork, Lewis County, 8 miles away
      Class IV - 3 miles long (mile 3 to Chehalis River)
Chehalis River - East Fork, Lewis County, 9 miles away
      Class III - 3 miles long (mile 3 to Chehalis River)
Elochoman River, Wahkiakum County, 13 miles away
      Class II-III+ - 11 miles long (North Fork to Beaver Creek hatchery)
Grays River, Wahkiakum County, 17 miles away
      Class IV+ - 5.2 miles long (South Fork Grays to Highway 4)
Cedar Creek, Grays Harbor County, 17 miles away
      Class II+ - 4.7 miles long (Sherman Creek to Cedar Creek Road)
Germany Creek, Cowlitz County, 20 miles away
      Class III+ - 3.3 miles long (Road 1300 to end of county road)
Olequa Creek, Lewis County, 24 miles away
      Class II+ - 6.5 miles long (Annonen Road to Cowlitz River)
 Ski Areas Near Chehalis River:
Hurricane Ridge Ski Lodge, Washington , 67 miles away, 800 foot drop, 3 lifts, 10 runs
 Hotels Near Chehalis River:
Lucky Eagle Casino And Hotel, Rochester , 14 miles away
The Villa At Little Cape Horn, Cathlamet , 20 miles away
Stay Beyond Inn And Suites, Elma , 20 miles away
Holiday Inn Express & Suites CHEHALIS-CENTRALIA, Chehalis , 22 miles away
Peppermill Empress Inn, Centralia , 23 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Chehalis River:
Rainbow Falls State Park, Doty, 4 miles away
North Creek Campground, Grays Harbor County, 15 miles away
Sherman Valley, Oakville, 17 miles away
 Public Lands Near Chehalis River:
Fort Clatsop National Memorial, Astoria - OR , 42 miles away
Olympic National Park, Port Angeles - WA , 70 miles away
Rainbow Falls State Park, Washington , 5 miles away
Schafer State Park, Washington , 26 miles away
Lake Sylvia State Park, Washington , 28 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Chehalis River:
Skyline Golf Course, Cathlamet , 19 miles away

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