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Washington whitewater, Cowlitz River - Muddy Fork

Lewis county, to Cowlitz River section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS V     5 miles
 
There are kind of 3 streches... the first requires a rappel in and is wicked... been done twice that I know of.. Then a death canyon... Then a strech that we have a first D on, and I'd still call it class 6... then a good run about class 5...Know your putin! Says Travisimo

The nature scenery of Washington and the cool fresh water attract people from near and far. The put-in location is a reasonable drive from Hood River, please
    print out a copy of the road map further down the page so you wonít get lost. The to Cowlitz River section of Cowlitz River - Muddy Fork is 5 miles long and has been determined by American Whitewater to be a class V section.
Not too many hotels nearby, you'll have to drive a bit to get to one, and if you make reservations in advance you're all set. If you're a camper you can camp at one of the great campgrounds nearby. The Northern Cascade Range scenery is wonderful. This stretch is mid length, suitable for an afternoon trip. The average Washington whitewater rafting or kayaking river tends to be a bit harder to master than those in other states, so better not forget  
that rivers here are not as easy as elsewhere. Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking around here you'll find a large number of good spots. Getting some good exercise and a chance to spend some time outdoors have a lot of people coming here. There are plenty of other sections in this river system that can be paddled as well.

Briefly about the general area:
You'll never forgive yourself if you donít go skiing at Crystal Mountain since you're here. This is a popular spot for folks from Packwood, and there's delightful hiking along the Tatoosh Trail. Coming to this river is always a good idea.

Cowlitz River - Muddy Fork, to Cowlitz River road map
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OUTDOORS
These outdoors activities are available near Cowlitz River - Muddy Fork.
 Whitewater Near Cowlitz River - Muddy Fork:
Cowlitz River, Lewis County, 2 miles away
      Class II - 7.6 miles long (La Wis Wis Campground to Packwood)
Cowlitz River - Muddy Fork, Lewis County, 2 miles away
      Class V - 5 miles long (to Cowlitz River)
Ohanepecosh River, Lewis County, 4 miles away
      Class V - 4.7 miles long (Ohanepecosh Campground to La Wis Wis Campground)
Butter Creek, Lewis County, 6 miles away
      Class III - 2.5 miles long (along FR 5270)
Cowlitz River - Clear Fork, Lewis County, 8 miles away
      Class V+ - 5 miles long (Lava Creek to La Wis Wis Campground)
Johnson Creek, Lewis County, 8 miles away
      Class V - 7.7 miles long (Glacier Creek to Highway 12)
Chinook Creek, Pierce County, 8 miles away
      Class IV-V - 5 miles long (Deer Creek to Cedar Flats)
Summit Creek, Lewis County, 9 miles away
      Class V+ - 5 miles long (Soda Springs to Highway 123)
Skate Creek, Lewis County, 10 miles away
      Class III+ - 3.1 miles long (Johnson Creek to Craig Road)
Cispus River - North Fork, Lewis County, 13 miles away
      Class IV-V - 2.7 miles long (FR 22 Bridge to North Fork Campground)
 Ski Areas Near Cowlitz River - Muddy Fork:
Crystal Mountain, Washington , 15 miles away, 3100 foot drop, 11 lifts, 50 runs
White Pass, Washington , 16 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 6 lifts, 32 runs
Summit at Snoqualmie, Washington , 36 miles away, 2280 foot drop, 26 lifts, 96 runs
Alpental, Washington , 37 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 , 61 miles away, 500 foot drop, 2 lifts, 10 runs
Mt. Hood Meadows, Oregon , 65 miles away, 2777 foot drop, 12 lifts, 87 runs
Timberline Lodge, Oregon , 66 miles away, 3590 foot drop, 6 lifts, 32 runs
Mt. Hood Ski Bowl, Oregon , 68 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 9 lifts, 65 runs
Mission Ridge, Washington , 89 miles away, 2250 foot drop, 6 lifts, 36 runs
 Hotels Near Cowlitz River - Muddy Fork:
Gateway Inn, Ashford , 21 miles away
GuestHouse Inn Enumclaw, Lincoln , 35 miles away
Econo Lodge Buckley, Buckley , 36 miles away
Skamania Lodge, Stevenson , 38 miles away
Salish Lodge Spa, Snoqualmie , 42 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Cowlitz River - Muddy Fork:
La Wis Wis, -blank-, 3 miles away
River Bar Campground, Lewis County, 3 miles away
Hatchery RV Campground, Lewis County, 3 miles away
 Trails Near Cowlitz River - Muddy Fork:
Backbone Ridge Trail, Lewis , 1 miles away, 2.4 hiking miles, 1833 feet elevation difference
Tatoosh Trail, Lewis , 4 miles away,  16.4 hiking miles, 5829 feet elevation difference
Packwood Lake Trail, Lewis , 6 miles away,  11.4 hiking miles, 384 feet elevation difference
Three Peaks Trail, Lewis , 6 miles away,  7.6 hiking miles, 1240 feet elevation difference
Five Thousand Thirty Trail, Lewis , 7 miles away, 4.2 hiking miles, 897 feet elevation difference
Glacier Lake Trail, Lewis , 8 miles away,  3.2 hiking miles, 974 feet elevation difference
Sheep Lake Trail, Lewis , 8 miles away,  13.6 hiking miles, 3905 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near Cowlitz River - Muddy Fork:
Mount Rainier National Park, Ashford - WA , 25 miles away
Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, Washington , 19 miles away
Federation Forest State Park, Washington , 22 miles away
Gifford Pinchot National Forest, Washington , 24 miles away
 Lakes Near Cowlitz River - Muddy Fork
Lone Tree Lake, Lewis , 19 miles away
Granite Lake, Yakima , 19 miles away

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