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Washington whitewater, Lewis River - North Fork

Cowlitz county, FR 9039 to Swift Reservoir section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS II-III     4.5 miles
  Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in this state tend to be more challenging than the national average, so if you're not from around here don't forget that rivers here are not as easy as elsewhere. The scenic beauty of Cowlitz County and the water flowing gracefully down Lewis River - North Fork have people coming here. You can pitch a tent or park your RV at a nearby campground. The FR 9039 to Swift Reservoir stretch of Lewis River
    - North Fork in Cowlitz County is 4.5 miles long and is rated by American Whitewater as a class II-III section. Great exercise and a chance to spend some time outdoors are great reasons to come. The nearby hotels are a bit
away from the river, and if you make reservations in advance you're all set. This stretch has has enough mileage, it's good length for a morning trip. The starting location is a short drive from Hood River, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that. The FR 9039 to Swift Reservoir stretch is one of many paddling stretches in this river system. Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking around here you'll find a large  
number of good places. The Northern Cascade Range scenery is wonderful.

Briefly about the general area:
Eagle Cliffs is an out of the ordinary spot to visit while at Lewis River - North Fork. Take a hike on the Wildcat Trail, and if you're interested in cool geologic characteristics try Point 3670. If you come to this river you will have a good time for sure. Why not take a refreshing hike along the Muddy River Trail. Lewis River - North Fork generally gets a great deal of rain. December is when you get the most rain here; the driest of the months is July. For the duration of the summer at Lewis River - North Fork highs are regularly in the 70's.

Lewis River - North Fork, FR 9039 to Swift Reservoir road map
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OUTDOORS
These outdoors activities are available near Lewis River - North Fork.
 Whitewater Near Lewis River - North Fork:
Lewis River - North Fork, Cowlitz County, 4 miles away
      Class II-III - 4.5 miles long (FR 9039 to Swift Reservoir)
Muddy River, Skamania County, 5 miles away
      Class II-III(IV) - 5.5 miles long (FR 25 Bridge to Lewis North Fork)
Lewis River - North Fork, Skamania County, 6 miles away
      Class III-IV - 8 miles long (Cussed Hollow to FR 9039)
Wind River, Skamania County, 8 miles away
      Class III+ - 3.4 miles long (Falls Creek to Mineral Springs Road)
Siouxon Creek, Clark County, 9 miles away
      Class III-V - 12 miles long (Calamity Creek to Yale Reservoir)
Wind River, Skamania County, 9 miles away
      Class I-II - 7.2 miles long (Mineral Springs to Stabler)
Wind River, Skamania County, 9 miles away
      Class IV-V - 6 miles long (Ranger Station Close to Stabler to High Bridge)
Rush Creek, Skamania County, 9 miles away
      Class V+ - 5 miles long (Meadow Creek to FR 90)
Trout Creek, Skamania County, 11 miles away
      Class IV-V - 6.3 miles long (FR 43 to Wind River)
Wind River, Skamania County, 13 miles away
      Class IV-V(V+) - 5 miles long (High Bridge to Columbia River)
 Ski Areas Near Lewis River - North Fork:
Timberline Lodge, Oregon , 40 miles away, 3590 foot drop, 6 lifts, 32 runs
Mt. Hood Ski Bowl, Oregon , 40 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 9 lifts, 65 runs
Cooper Spur, Oregon , 41 miles away, 500 foot drop, 2 lifts, 10 runs
Mt. Hood Meadows, Oregon , 42 miles away, 2777 foot drop, 12 lifts, 87 runs
White Pass, Washington , 51 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 6 lifts, 32 runs
Crystal Mountain, Washington , 56 miles away, 3100 foot drop, 11 lifts, 50 runs
Summit at Snoqualmie, Washington , 76 miles away, 2280 foot drop, 26 lifts, 96 runs
Alpental, Washington , 77 miles away, 2280 foot drop, 5 lifts, 19 runs
Hoodoo, Oregon , 80 miles away, 1035 foot drop, 6 lifts, 30 runs
Stevens Pass, Washington , 93 miles away, 1800 foot drop, 10 lifts, 37 runs
 Hotels Near Lewis River - North Fork:
Skamania Lodge, Stevenson , 5 miles away
Carson Hot Springs Resort, Carson River Valley , 17 miles away
Rodeway Inn Stevenson, Stevenson , 19 miles away
Bonneville Hot Springs Resort And Spa, North Bonneville , 20 miles away
Columbia Gorge Inn, Cascade Locks , 20 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Lewis River - North Fork:
Curly Creek Campground, Skamania County, 2 miles away
Swift Forest Campground, Skamania County, 3 miles away
Observation Berryfield Campground, Skamania County, 7 miles away
 Trails Near Lewis River - North Fork:
Muddy River Trail, Skamania , 6 miles away, 2.1 hiking miles, 894 feet elevation difference
Wildcat Trail, Skamania , 7 miles away, 3.4 hiking miles, 2402 feet elevation difference
Smith Creek Butte Trail, Skamania , 7 miles away, 2.2 hiking miles, 1525 feet elevation difference
Paradise Trail, Skamania , 7 miles away, 2.3 hiking miles, 1390 feet elevation difference
Observation Peak Trail, Skamania , 8 miles away,  12.4 hiking miles, 2662 feet elevation difference
Lava Butte Trail, Skamania , 9 miles away, 5 hiking miles, 1401 feet elevation difference
Bean Creek Trail, Skamania , 9 miles away, 7.4 hiking miles, 3072 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near Lewis River - North Fork:
Mount Rainier National Park, Ashford - WA , 33 miles away
Gifford Pinchot National Forest, Washington , 18 miles away
Beacon Rock State Park, Washington , 20 miles away
John B. Yeon State Park, Oregon , 21 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Lewis River - North Fork:
Carson Mineral Hot Springs-Carson WA Golf Course, Stevenson , 16 miles away
 Lakes Near Lewis River - North Fork
Placid Lake, Skamania , 13 miles away
McBride Lake, Cowlitz , 18 miles away
Kidney Lake, Skamania , 19 miles away

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