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Washington whitewater, Matheny Creek

Jefferson county, North Fork to FR 21 Bridge section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS IV+     9 miles
  The scenic beauty of Washington and the water flowing gracefully down Matheny Creek have people coming here. This stretch of Matheny Creek in Washington is 9 miles long and has been rated as a class IV+ section by American Whitewater. Whitewater paddling here in the Olympic Mountains is a great experience. There arenít any hotels right nearby but if you're willing to drive a short distance then no problem but you'd better reserve in advance
    because these hotels fill up quick. The put-in location is a reasonable drive from Port Angeles, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that. If you've been whitewater rafting and kayaking outside Washington
you might find the rivers here a bit more challenging, so better not forget that many of the rivers here are not very forgiving. There's camping available near Matheny Creek. Some people prefer whitewater rafting and some kayaking, either way in this general area you'll find lots of paddling places. This stretch has has enough mileage, you can easily run it on an afternoon. This river system has a few good paddling stretches and the North  
Fork to FR 21 Bridge section is one of them. A bit of exercise and a chance to spend some time outdoors will have you coming back for more.

Briefly about the general area:
Matheny Creek is a place with many visitors from Amanda Park. Matheny Creek is a pretty wet place ordinarily with a good deal of precipitation. December is the wettest month with most rain while August is the month with the least amount of precipitation. Summertime highs at Matheny Creek ordinarily tend to be in the 70's while overnight lows are typically in the 40's. All through the wintertime this place gets highs in the 40's with temperatures at Matheny Creek dipping down into the 30's through winter nights.

Matheny Creek, North Fork to FR 21 Bridge 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 Matheny Creek.
 Whitewater Near Matheny Creek:
Queets River, Jefferson County, 5 miles away
      Class II - 9.3 miles long (Queets Campground to Hartzell Launch)
Matheny Creek, Jefferson County, 5 miles away
      Class IV+ - 9 miles long (North Fork to FR 21 Bridge)
Matheny Creek, Jefferson County, 5 miles away
      Class III-IV - 4.2 miles long (FR 21 Bridge to Q-1800 Bridge)
Sam's River, Jefferson County, 7 miles away
      Class IV-V - 8 miles long (500 Bridge to Queets Campground)
Salmon River, Jefferson/Grays Harbor County, 7 miles away
      Class II(IV) - 8.2 miles long (West Boundary Road Bridge to Q-100 Bridge)
Solleks River, Jefferson County, 7 miles away
      Class III-IV - 6 miles long (Sollecks Bridge to Clearwater Campground)
Stequaleho River, Jefferson County, 9 miles away
      Class II-III(V+) - 4 miles long (C-1066 Road to Clearwater Campground)
Clearwater River, Jefferson County, 9 miles away
      Class III-IV - 9.5 miles long (Upper Clearwater Road access to Clearwater Campground)
Hoh River - South Fork, Jefferson County, 11 miles away
      Class II-III - 2.7 miles long (Park boundary to South Fork Campground)
Clearwater River, Jefferson County, 12 miles away
      Class II - 10.5 miles long (Clearwater Campground to 144 Gross Bridge)
 Ski Areas Near Matheny Creek:
Hurricane Ridge Ski Lodge, Washington , 36 miles away, 800 foot drop, 3 lifts, 10 runs
 Hotels Near Matheny Creek:
Lake Quinault Lodge, Quinault , 9 miles away
Rain Forest Resort Village, Quinault , 10 miles away
Lake Crescent Lodge, Port Angeles , 26 miles away
Econo Lodge Inn & Suites, Hoquiam , 28 miles away
Days Inn - Ocean Shores, Ocean Shores , 29 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Matheny Creek:
Queets Campground, Jefferson County, 5 miles away
Olympic National Park - Queets, Amanda Park, 5 miles away
Yahoo Lake Campground, Jefferson County, 6 miles away
 Trails Near Matheny Creek:
Bogachiel-Hoh Trail, Jefferson , 16 miles away,  20.8 hiking miles, 3229 feet elevation difference
Canyon Creek Hoh Trail, Clallam , 17 miles away,  29.6 hiking miles, 5242 feet elevation difference
Hoh River Trail, Clallam , 17 miles away,  31.2 hiking miles, 4310 feet elevation difference
Bogachiel Trail, Clallam , 19 miles away, 27 hiking miles, 4321 feet elevation difference
Mink Lake Trail, Clallam , 19 miles away,  7.8 hiking miles, 2790 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near Matheny Creek:
Olympic National Park, Port Angeles - WA , 38 miles away
Fort Clatsop National Memorial, Astoria - OR , 65 miles away
Pacific Beach State Park, Washington , 23 miles away
Griffiths-Priday State Park, Washington , 25 miles away
Ocean City State Park, Washington , 28 miles away
 Lakes Near Matheny Creek
Lake Quinault, Grays Harbor , 8 miles away
Lilly Lake, Jefferson , 14 miles away

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