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Washington whitewater, Coal Creek

Cowlitz county, East Fork to Harmony Dr. section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS III+(IV)     4.5 miles
  This section of Coal Creek is 4.5 miles long and has been rated as a class III+(IV) section by American Whitewater. The natural beauty of Cowlitz County and the sparkling of the sunlight on the water make the trip here worthwhile. Getting your paddling muscles activated and just being out on the river for a while will make you glad you came. There's camping available near Coal Creek. Not too many hotels nearby, you'll have to drive a bit
    to get to one, but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick. No matter if you're whitewater rafting or kayaking there are lots of good rivers for that around here. There are some good sections to
paddle in this river system, the East Fork to Harmony Dr. section is one of them. Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in Washington are harder than the national norm, so keep in mind that a lot of the rivers here are not suitable for beginners. The put-in location is a reasonable drive from Longview-Kelso, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that. The river winds through the Olympic Mountains and you get great scenery.  
This stretch has has enough mileage, you can easily run it on an afternoon.

Briefly about the general area:
Going to Seaquest State Park next to Coal Creek is a good thing to do; Goose Hollow is another pleasant spot to stop at close by. You definitely should have a thing about the Olympic Mountains. You have to beyond doubt go to pretty Dibblees Beach while you're here at Coal Creek; lots of people from Longview come here. This river has so much to offer. If you want to hit the beach, Red Mill Beach is in the vicinity. Coal Creek is a reasonably wet place generally with lots of rainfall.

Coal Creek, East Fork to Harmony Dr. 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 Coal Creek.
 Whitewater Near Coal Creek:
Coal Creek, Cowlitz County, 1 miles away
      Class III+(IV) - 4.5 miles long (East Fork to Harmony Dr.)
Germany Creek, Cowlitz County, 7 miles away
      Class III+ - 3.3 miles long (Road 1300 to end of county road)
Olequa Creek, Lewis County, 11 miles away
      Class II+ - 6.5 miles long (Annonen Road to Cowlitz River)
Elochoman River, Wahkiakum County, 16 miles away
      Class II-III+ - 11 miles long (North Fork to Beaver Creek hatchery)
Chehalis River - East Fork, Lewis County, 19 miles away
      Class III - 3 miles long (mile 3 to Chehalis River)
Nehalem River, Columbia County, 20 miles away
      Class I(II) - 25.9 miles long (Vernonia to Birkenfeld)
Goble Creek, Cowlitz County, 21 miles away
      Class III - 2.4 miles long (North Fork and Main Fork)
Chehalis River, Lewis County, 21 miles away
      Class III-IV - 11.8 miles long (West Fork to Pe Ell)
Toutle River, Cowlitz County, 22 miles away
      Class III+(IV) - 9.5 miles long (Highway 504 Bridge to Tower Road Bridge)
Kalama River, Cowlitz County, 23 miles away
      Class III-IV - 2.5 miles long (Lower Kalama Falls to Indian Creek)
 Ski Areas Near Coal Creek:
Hurricane Ridge Ski Lodge, Washington , 91 miles away, 800 foot drop, 3 lifts, 10 runs
Mt. Hood Ski Bowl, Oregon , 99 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 9 lifts, 65 runs
 Beaches Near Coal Creek:
Dibblees Beach, Columbia , 6 miles away
Red Mill Beach, Columbia , 10 miles away
Cottonwood Beach, Columbia , 11 miles away
Goble Beach, Columbia , 15 miles away
Jones Beach, Columbia , 19 miles away
 Hotels Near Coal Creek:
Quality Inn & Suites Longview, Longview , 8 miles away
BEST WESTERN Aladdin Inn, Kelso , 9 miles away
Econo Lodge Kelso, Kelso , 9 miles away
GuestHouse Inn & Suites Kelso, Kelso , 10 miles away
Comfort Inn Kelso - Longview, Kelso , 10 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Coal Creek:
Hudson-Parcher County Park, Rainier, 6 miles away
Columbia Trailer Court, Longview, 8 miles away
Deluxe Trailer Court, Longview, 8 miles away
 Public Lands Near Coal Creek:
Fort Clatsop National Memorial, Astoria - OR , 55 miles away
Seaquest State Park, Washington , 16 miles away
Rainbow Falls State Park, Washington , 24 miles away
Millersylvania State Park, Washington , 36 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Coal Creek:
Mint Valley Golf Course, Longview , 4 miles away
Longview Country Club, Longview , 6 miles away
National Golf Courses, Brush Prairie , 8 miles away

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