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Washington whitewater, Kalama River

Cowlitz county, Upper Kalama Falls to Gobar Creek section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS III-IV     15 miles
  The average Washington whitewater rafting or kayaking river tends to be a bit harder to master than those in other states, so if you're not from around here don't forget that a lot of the rivers here are not suitable for beginners. The beautiful scenery of Cowlitz County and the sparkling of the sunlight on the water make the trip here worthwhile. You might be into whitewater rafting or kayaking or both, doesn't matter, in this general
    area you'll find lots of paddling places. The Upper Kalama Falls to Gobar Creek section of Kalama River in Cowlitz County is 15 miles long and is according to American Whitewater a class III-IV section of whitewater. Great
exercise and just hanging out with mother nature have a lot of people coming here. There are campgrounds quite near the river where you can camp. The put-in is not too far from Longview-Kelso, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. The beauty of the Northern Cascade Range is a great plus for this river. If you hurry you can run this stretch in a day but why not make it an overnighter, so pack your  
camp stove. There arenít any hotels right nearby but if you're willing to drive a short distance then no problem but if you donít have reservations you might end up sleeping in your car. This river system is full of great paddling stretches, the Upper Kalama Falls to Gobar Creek stretch is just one of them.

Briefly about the general area:
During your visit to Kalama River you'll meet some people from Ariel for sure. The Georges Peak Trail offers hiking at its best, and you certainly must go to Battle Ground Lake State Park since you're here. This river is so great. Kalama River sees pretty high levels of rainfall.

Kalama River, Upper Kalama Falls to Gobar Creek 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 Kalama River.
 Whitewater Near Kalama River:
Coweeman River, Cowlitz County, 7 miles away
      Class II-III(IV) - 11.3 miles long (Brown Creek to Jim Watson Creek)
Kalama River, Cowlitz County, 9 miles away
      Class III-IV - 15 miles long (Upper Kalama Falls to Gobar Creek)
Kalama River, Cowlitz County, 9 miles away
      Class II-IV - 9.5 miles long (Gobar Creek to Lower Kalama Falls)
Cedar Creek, Clark County, 9 miles away
      Class II-III(IV) - 10.3 miles long (Amboy to North Fork Lewis)
Lewis River - East Fork, Clark County, 13 miles away
      Class II - 3 miles long (Lewisville Park to Daybreak Park)
Lewis River - East Fork, Clark County, 14 miles away
      Class III+(V) - 11.5 miles long (Moulton Falls to Lewisville Park)
Canyon Creek - Lewis River Tributary, Clark County, 14 miles away
      Class IV+ - 3.2 miles long (Fly Creek to Merwin Reservoir)
Hoffstadt Creek, Cowlitz County, 15 miles away
      Class IV-V(V+) - 4.2 miles long (3100 Road to North Fork Toutle)
Toutle River - North Fork, Cowlitz County, 15 miles away
      Class II+ - 10 miles long (Green River to South Fork confluence)
Lewis River - East Fork, Clark County, 16 miles away
      Class III-V - 2.7 miles long (Rock Creek to Moulton Falls Park)
 Ski Areas Near Kalama River:
Mt. Hood Ski Bowl, Oregon , 64 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 9 lifts, 65 runs
Timberline Lodge, Oregon , 65 miles away, 3590 foot drop, 6 lifts, 32 runs
Mt. Hood Meadows, Oregon , 68 miles away, 2777 foot drop, 12 lifts, 87 runs
Cooper Spur, Oregon , 70 miles away, 500 foot drop, 2 lifts, 10 runs
White Pass, Washington , 81 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 6 lifts, 32 runs
Crystal Mountain, Washington , 82 miles away, 3100 foot drop, 11 lifts, 50 runs
Hoodoo, Oregon , 91 miles away, 1035 foot drop, 6 lifts, 30 runs
Summit at Snoqualmie, Washington , 98 miles away, 2280 foot drop, 26 lifts, 96 runs
Alpental, Washington , 99 miles away, 2280 foot drop, 5 lifts, 19 runs
 Hotels Near Kalama River:
BEST WESTERN PLUS Battle Ground Inn & Suites, Battle Ground , 15 miles away
Great Wolf Lodge Grand Mound, Grand Mound , 17 miles away
Quality Inn & Suites Woodland, Woodland , 19 miles away
Rodeway Inn Woodland, Woodland , 19 miles away
Quality Inn & Suites Vancouver, Vancouver , 20 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Kalama River:
Cresap Bay - PP, Ariel, 9 miles away
Saddle Dam Campground, Cowlitz County, 12 miles away
Kalama Horse Camp, Cougar, 12 miles away
 Trails Near Kalama River:
Georges Peak Trail, Cowlitz , 6 miles away, 5.6 hiking miles, 1673 feet elevation difference
Toutle River Trail, Cowlitz , 18 miles away,  19.4 hiking miles, 1678 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near Kalama River:
Mount Rainier National Park, Ashford - WA , 48 miles away
Battle Ground Lake State Park, Washington , 13 miles away
Seaquest State Park, Washington , 25 miles away
Ike Kinswa State Park, Washington , 25 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Kalama River:
Lewis River Golf Course, Woodland , 13 miles away
Lewis River Golf, Woodland , 14 miles away
Cedars On Salmon Creek, Brush Prairie , 16 miles away
 Lakes Near Kalama River
Coweeman Lake, Cowlitz , 4 miles away
McBride Lake, Cowlitz , 17 miles away

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