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Washington whitewater, Kettle River

Ferry Stevens county, Orient to Barstow section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS II-III     12.8 miles
 
Also it is important to note that the majority of the land that borders the Kettle River is private property. Says Paul

As of 7/15/2010, stay mid river right, or ride the tongue off to the right side....safe, direct rapid w/ a clean flush....but pretty big water. Says Ian

The starting location is a reasonable drive from Spokane, please print out a copy of the road map further down the page so you wonít get lost. The rivers for
    whitewater rafting and kayaking in this state are often tougher than in other states, so you'd better keep in mind that many of the rivers here are not very forgiving. The wonderful Washington scenery and the cool fresh
water attract people from near and far. This stretch has enough mileage for an overnight trip, so why not pack your camping stuff too. And of course, there are campgrounds nearby. No matter if you're whitewater rafting or kayaking there are not so many other good spots for that around here. A bit of exercise and just being out on the river for a while are great reasons to come. This is one of a small number of paddling sections in this  
river system, there are a few others too. You might have to settle for a hotel a bit away from the river if you want to stay the night, but if you donít have reservations you might end up sleeping in your car. This section of Kettle River in Ferry/Stevens County is 12.8 miles long and is a class II-III section of whitewater according to American Whitewater.

Briefly about the general area:
Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area is a pleasant national park; you're sure to encounter some good people from Orient here. Liberty Canyon is a good location to stop at close by. Through the warm days of summer highs here at Kettle River reach the 80's while nighttime lows are frequently in the 40's.

Kettle River, Orient to Barstow 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 Kettle River.
 Whitewater Near Kettle River:
Kettle River, Ferry/Stevens County, 4 miles away
      Class II-III - 12.8 miles long (Orient to Barstow)
Sherman Creek, Ferry County, 13 miles away
      Class V - 1 miles long (turnout to fish hatchery)
Sherman Creek, Ferry County, 15 miles away
      Class II-III - 5 miles long (Log Flume interpretive site to Inchelium Road)
Big Sheep Creek, -blank- County, 26 miles away
      Class II(III) - 3 miles long (Sheep Creek Road mile 7.5 to Sheep Creek Camp Ground)
 Ski Areas Near Kettle River:
Red Mountain, British Columbia , 26 miles away, 2919 foot drop, 6 lifts, 87 runs
49 Degrees North, Washington , 48 miles away, 1851 foot drop, 6 lifts, 68 runs
Big White, British Columbia , 66 miles away, 2550 foot drop, 16 lifts, 118 runs
Whitewater, British Columbia , 75 miles away, 1300 foot drop, 3 lifts, 43 runs
Mount Baldy, British Columbia , 76 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 2 lifts, 20 runs
Mt. Spokane, Washington , 85 miles away, 2000 foot drop, 5 lifts, 44 runs
Silver Star, British Columbia , 93 miles away, 2500 foot drop, 11 lifts, 107 runs
 Marinas Near Kettle River:
Kettle Falls Marina, Kettle Falls , 13 miles away
 Hotels Near Kettle River:
Comfort Inn Colville, Colville , 22 miles away
KDiamondK Ranch, Republic , 41 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Kettle River:
Pierre Lake Campground, Stevens County, 3 miles away
Davis Lake, Orient, 7 miles away
Kettle River Campground, Ferry County, 7 miles away
 Public Lands Near Kettle River:
Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area, Coulee Dam - WA , 12 miles away
Colville National Forest, Washington , 16 miles away
Curlew Lake State Park, Washington , 35 miles away
 Lakes Near Kettle River
Emerald Lake, Ferry , 12 miles away

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