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Washington whitewater, Dosewallips River

Jefferson county, Dosewallips Falls to Elkhorn Campground section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS V+     3 miles
 
This river is only very rough in the winter/spring time, so unless you're very good don't ride the rapids in the winter/spring. The rest of the year it's about like the flaming geyser river with rapids lots of shallow rocks. Says Chris Zio

This stretch of Dosewallips River in Washington is 3 miles long and is rated by American Whitewater as a class V+ section. The put-in location is a short drive from Shelton, there's a road map further
    down the page with more info on that. Whitewater rafting and kayaking in Washington is often tougher than elsewhere, so keep in mind that a large number of rivers in this state are not easy. The Olympic Mountains scenery
is wonderful. Some people prefer whitewater rafting and some kayaking, either way this is an area with plenty of places for that. This is a somewhat short section so no need to bring snacks. Getting a good workout and just hanging out with mother nature have a lot of people coming here. This is not the only paddling section in this river system, there are others too. 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. If you're a camper you can camp at one of the great campgrounds nearby. The beautiful scenery of Washington and the water flowing gracefully down Dosewallips River have people coming here.

Briefly about the general area:
Bull Elk Canyon is a nice location to explore, and the Mount Jupiter Trail is a perfect hiking trail nearby. Having a perfect time in the Olympic Mountains is uncomplicated. A journey to Dosewallips River wouldn’t be complete without a visit to close by Pleasant Harbor State Park, and there are plenty of folks from Lilliwaup here at Dosewallips River.

Dosewallips River, Dosewallips Falls to Elkhorn 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 Dosewallips River.
 Whitewater Near Dosewallips River:
Dosewallips River, Jefferson County, 2 miles away
      Class V+ - 3 miles long (Dosewallips Falls to Elkhorn Campground)
Dosewallips River, Jefferson County, 2 miles away
      Class III-IV+ - 5.2 miles long (Elkhorn Campground to Six Mile Bridge)
Duckabush River, Jefferson County, 6 miles away
      Class IV - 6.2 miles long (2515 Bridge to Highway 101)
Hamma Hamma River, Mason County, 6 miles away
      Class III-IV - 5 miles long (Hamma Hamma Campground to gorge)
Jefferson Creek, Mason County, 8 miles away
      Class V - 2.1 miles long (Elk Lake to Hamma Hamma)
Dosewallips River, Jefferson County, 8 miles away
      Class II-III - 6.5 miles long (Six Mile Bridge to Dosewallips State Park)
Dungeness River, Clallam County, 10 miles away
      Class III-IV - 3 miles long (Gold Creek to Dungeness Forks Campground)
Hamma Hamma River, Mason County, 10 miles away
      Class V+ - 3.5 miles long (Boulder Creek to Hamma Hamma Campground)
Dungeness River, Clallam County, 11 miles away
      Class III - 5.5 miles long (Dungeness Forks Campground to hatchery)
Big Quilcene River, Jefferson County, 11 miles away
      Class V+ - 2 miles long (Tunnel Creek to Rainbow Campground)
 Ski Areas Near Dosewallips River:
Hurricane Ridge Ski Lodge, Washington , 30 miles away, 800 foot drop, 3 lifts, 10 runs
Grouse Mountain, British Columbia , 77 miles away, 1260 foot drop, 5 lifts, 26 runs
Mount Seymour, British Columbia , 77 miles away, 1083 foot drop, 5 lifts, 23 runs
Cypress Mountain, British Columbia , 77 miles away, 2410 foot drop, 9 lifts, 52 runs
 Marinas Near Dosewallips River:
Pleasant Harbor Marina, Brinnon , 14 miles away
Home Port Marina, Brinnon , 14 miles away
 Beaches Near Dosewallips River:
Maple Beach, Kitsap , 19 miles away
Scenic Beach, Kitsap , 19 miles away
Miami Beach, Kitsap , 20 miles away
 Hotels Near Dosewallips River:
Quality Inn & Suites At Olympic National Park, Sequim , 16 miles away
Holiday Inn Express & Suites SEQUIM, Sequim , 16 miles away
Days Inn And Suites Sequim, Sequim , 16 miles away
Econo Lodge Sequim, Sequim , 16 miles away
Lost Mountain Lodge, Sequim , 16 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Dosewallips River:
Elkhorn, Lilliwaup, 2 miles away
Olympic National Park - Dosewallips, Lilliwaup, 3 miles away
Dosewallips Campground, Jefferson County, 3 miles away
 Trails Near Dosewallips River:
Mount Jupiter Trail, Jefferson , 8 miles away,  12 hiking miles, 3830 feet elevation difference
Royal Creek Trail, Kittitas , 8 miles away,  29 hiking miles, 5153 feet elevation difference
Tubal Cain Mine Trail, Jefferson , 9 miles away, 12 hiking miles, 5265 feet elevation difference
Baldy Trail, Clallam , 11 miles away, 13.5 hiking miles, 5411 feet elevation difference
Mount Zion Trail, Clallam , 12 miles away,  7.8 hiking miles, 2262 feet elevation difference
Deadfall Trail, Clallam , 12 miles away,  1.6 hiking miles, 1380 feet elevation difference
Clink Trail, Clallam , 12 miles away,  3.6 hiking miles, 1670 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near Dosewallips River:
Olympic National Park, Port Angeles - WA , 31 miles away
Lake Cushman State Park, Washington , 13 miles away
Pleasant Harbor State Park, Washington , 15 miles away
Dosewallips State Park, Washington , 15 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Dosewallips River:
Lake Cushman Golf Course, Hoodsport , 16 miles away
Skyridge Golf Course & Driving Range, Sequim , 18 miles away
Dungeness Golf Course, Sequim , 18 miles away
 Lakes Near Dosewallips River
Upper Elk Lake, Mason , 8 miles away
Tenas Lake, Mason , 11 miles away
Mildred Lakes, Mason , 15 miles away

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