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Washington whitewater, Clearwater River

Jefferson county, Clearwater Campground to 144 Gross Bridge section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS II     10.5 miles
  Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in this state tend to be more challenging than the national average, so you'd better keep in mind that lots of rivers here are not for beginners. The Clearwater Campground to 144 Gross Bridge section of Clearwater River in Washington is 10.5 miles long and is a class II section of whitewater according to American Whitewater. Not too many hotels nearby, you'll have to drive a bit to get to one, but if you
    donít have reservations you might end up sleeping in your car. The beautiful scenery of Washington and the beautiful way the water current moves down the stream attract people from near and far. This is not the only paddling
stretch in this river system, there are others too. You might be into whitewater rafting or kayaking or both, doesn't matter, there are lots of good spots for that around here. The starting location is a reasonable drive from Port Angeles, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that. This stretch is long enough for an overnight trip if you take your time, so pack your camping stuff. A bit of exercise and spending some  
quality time in nature have a lot of people coming here. For all you camping people there are campgrounds nearby. When you're paddling down a Olympic Mountains river like this one you always get great scenery along the way too.

Briefly about the general area:
Going for a hike on the Pass Trail is always a pleasant adventure, and a short trip to Crooks Rapids is always worthwhile. There's no way somebody can get bored here in the Olympic Mountains. There is a nice hiking trail right next door to Clearwater River called the Bogachiel-Hoh Trail. Clearwater River sees pretty high levels of rainfall.

Clearwater River, Clearwater Campground to 144 Gross Bridge 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 Clearwater River.
 Whitewater Near Clearwater River:
Snahapish River, Jefferson County, 3 miles away
      Class II+(IV) - 3.5 miles long (C-2700 Bridge to Clearwater River)
Christmas Creek, Jefferson County, 3 miles away
      Class II+(IV) - 4 miles long (C2400 bridge to Clearwater River)
Clearwater River, Jefferson County, 4 miles away
      Class II - 10.5 miles long (Clearwater Campground to 144 Gross Bridge)
Clearwater River, Jefferson County, 4 miles away
      Class II - 11.5 miles long (144 Gross Bridge to Queets River)
Stequaleho River, Jefferson County, 8 miles away
      Class II-III(V+) - 4 miles long (C-1066 Road to Clearwater Campground)
Salmon River, Jefferson/Grays Harbor County, 10 miles away
      Class II(IV) - 8.2 miles long (West Boundary Road Bridge to Q-100 Bridge)
Matheny Creek, Jefferson County, 11 miles away
      Class III-IV - 4.2 miles long (FR 21 Bridge to Q-1800 Bridge)
Solleks River, Jefferson County, 11 miles away
      Class III-IV - 6 miles long (Sollecks Bridge to Clearwater Campground)
Queets River, Jefferson County, 11 miles away
      Class II - 9.3 miles long (Queets Campground to Hartzell Launch)
Calawah River - South Fork, Clallam County, 12 miles away
      Class IV - 7 miles long (Rugged Ridge Trail to Hyas Creek)
 Ski Areas Near Clearwater River:
Hurricane Ridge Ski Lodge, Washington , 48 miles away, 800 foot drop, 3 lifts, 10 runs
 Marinas Near Clearwater River:
Quileute Marina, Forks , 20 miles away
 Beaches Near Clearwater River:
Ruby Beach, Jefferson , 16 miles away
 Hotels Near Clearwater River:
Miller Tree Inn, Forks , 20 miles away
Lake Quinault Lodge, Quinault , 25 miles away
Rain Forest Resort Village, Quinault , 25 miles away
BEST WESTERN Lighthouse Suites Inn, Ocean Shores , 30 miles away
Days Inn - Ocean Shores, Ocean Shores , 30 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Clearwater River:
Copper Mine Botton Campground, Jefferson County, 2 miles away
Upper Clearwater Campground, Jefferson County, 4 miles away
Minnie Peterson Campground, Jefferson County, 7 miles away
 Trails Near Clearwater River:
Bogachiel-Hoh Trail, Jefferson , 11 miles away,  20.8 hiking miles, 3229 feet elevation difference
Pass Trail, Clallam , 12 miles away,  11.8 hiking miles, 1206 feet elevation difference
Rugged Ridge Trail, Clallam , 12 miles away,  4.6 hiking miles, 407 feet elevation difference
Bogachiel Trail, Clallam , 14 miles away, 27 hiking miles, 4321 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near Clearwater River:
Olympic National Park, Port Angeles - WA , 49 miles away
Bogachiel State Park, Washington , 17 miles away
Pacific Beach State Park, Washington , 21 miles away
Griffiths-Priday State Park, Washington , 24 miles away

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