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Washington whitewater, Cowlitz River - Clear Fork

Lewis county, Lava Creek to La Wis Wis Campground section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS V+     5 miles
  The Lava Creek to La Wis Wis Campground section of Cowlitz River - Clear Fork in Lewis County is 5 miles long and it is classified as a class V+ section by American Whitewater. Whitewater rafting and kayaking in Washington is often more difficult than elsewhere, so you'd better keep in mind that rivers here are less forgiving. The scenic beauty of Washington and the water flowing gracefully down Cowlitz River - Clear Fork will make you feel
    great. The river winds through the Northern Cascade Range and you get great scenery. The put-in location is a short drive from Hood River, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that. A good workout and
just being out on the river for a while are sure to keep you coming back for more. There are campgrounds quite near the river where you can camp. You might have to settle for a hotel a bit away from the river if you want to stay the night, but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick. The Lava Creek to La Wis Wis Campground section is one of many paddling sections in this river system. This stretch has has enough  
mileage, it's good length for a morning trip. Some people prefer whitewater rafting and some kayaking, either way this area has a large number of paddling spots.

Briefly about the general area:
Palisades is something you shouldn't miss if you're here at Cowlitz River - Clear Fork; you can go for a hike on the Backbone Ridge Trail. Just can't get enough of the Northern Cascade Range. What would winter be without some skiing at White Pass; going for a hike on the Three Peaks Trail is always a fine adventure. This is such a wonderful river. A journey to Ayance Canyon is always fun; you'll meet a lot of people from Packwood here.

Cowlitz River - Clear Fork, Lava Creek to La Wis Wis Campground 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 Cowlitz River - Clear Fork.
 Whitewater Near Cowlitz River - Clear Fork:
Cowlitz River - Clear Fork, Lewis County, 3 miles away
      Class V+ - 5 miles long (Lava Creek to La Wis Wis Campground)
Ohanepecosh River, Lewis County, 3 miles away
      Class V - 4.7 miles long (Ohanepecosh Campground to La Wis Wis Campground)
Cowlitz River, Lewis County, 5 miles away
      Class II - 7.6 miles long (La Wis Wis Campground to Packwood)
Summit Creek, Lewis County, 5 miles away
      Class V+ - 5 miles long (Soda Springs to Highway 123)
Cowlitz River - Muddy Fork, Lewis County, 7 miles away
      Class V - 5 miles long (to Cowlitz River)
Chinook Creek, Pierce County, 8 miles away
      Class IV-V - 5 miles long (Deer Creek to Cedar Flats)
Johnson Creek, Lewis County, 8 miles away
      Class V - 7.7 miles long (Glacier Creek to Highway 12)
Cispus River, Lewis County, 10 miles away
      Class V - 4 miles long (Goat Creek to FR 2160)
Butter Creek, Lewis County, 11 miles away
      Class III - 2.5 miles long (along FR 5270)
Cispus River - North Fork, Lewis County, 14 miles away
      Class IV-V - 2.7 miles long (FR 22 Bridge to North Fork Campground)
 Ski Areas Near Cowlitz River - Clear Fork:
White Pass, Washington , 11 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 6 lifts, 32 runs
Crystal Mountain, Washington , 14 miles away, 3100 foot drop, 11 lifts, 50 runs
Summit at Snoqualmie, Washington , 36 miles away, 2280 foot drop, 26 lifts, 96 runs
Alpental, Washington , 38 miles away, 2280 foot drop, 5 lifts, 19 runs
Stevens Pass, Washington , 52 miles away, 1800 foot drop, 10 lifts, 37 runs
Cooper Spur, Oregon , 60 miles away, 500 foot drop, 2 lifts, 10 runs
Mt. Hood Meadows, Oregon , 64 miles away, 2777 foot drop, 12 lifts, 87 runs
Timberline Lodge, Oregon , 65 miles away, 3590 foot drop, 6 lifts, 32 runs
Mt. Hood Ski Bowl, Oregon , 67 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 9 lifts, 65 runs
Mission Ridge, Washington , 85 miles away, 2250 foot drop, 6 lifts, 36 runs
 Hotels Near Cowlitz River - Clear Fork:
Gateway Inn, Ashford , 26 miles away
GuestHouse Inn Enumclaw, Lincoln , 40 miles away
Skamania Lodge, Stevenson , 40 miles away
Econo Lodge Buckley, Buckley , 41 miles away
Suncadia Resort, Cle Elum , 45 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Cowlitz River - Clear Fork:
Palisades Campground, Lewis County, 1 miles away
Summit Creek Campground, Lewis County, 2 miles away
Hatchery RV Campground, Lewis County, 2 miles away
 Trails Near Cowlitz River - Clear Fork:
Three Peaks Trail, Lewis , 3 miles away,  7.6 hiking miles, 1240 feet elevation difference
Backbone Ridge Trail, Lewis , 4 miles away, 2.4 hiking miles, 1833 feet elevation difference
Packwood Lake Trail, Lewis , 5 miles away,  11.4 hiking miles, 384 feet elevation difference
Boundary Trail, Lewis , 5 miles away,  15.8 hiking miles, 2508 feet elevation difference
Sheep Lake Trail, Lewis , 5 miles away,  13.6 hiking miles, 3905 feet elevation difference
Clear Lost Trail, Lewis , 5 miles away,  10.6 hiking miles, 3909 feet elevation difference
Five Thousand Thirty Trail, Lewis , 5 miles away, 4.2 hiking miles, 897 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near Cowlitz River - Clear Fork:
Mount Rainier National Park, Ashford - WA , 30 miles away
Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, Washington , 19 miles away
Federation Forest State Park, Washington , 25 miles away
Gifford Pinchot National Forest, Washington , 26 miles away
 Lakes Near Cowlitz River - Clear Fork
Granite Lake, Yakima , 15 miles away

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