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Washington whitewater, Muddy River

Skamania county, FR 25 Bridge to Lewis North Fork section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS II-III(IV)     5.5 miles
  The wonderful Skamania County scenery and the beautiful way the water current moves down the stream will make you feel great. Whitewater rafting and kayaking in Washington is often more difficult than elsewhere, so if you're visiting here do keep in mind that many of the sections here are not safe for beginners. A bit of exercise and just hanging out with mother nature are great attractions for lots of people. This stretch of Muddy River
    is 5.5 miles long and it is classified as a class II-III(IV) section by American Whitewater. This is a pretty decent length section, it's perfect for a one day trip. The wild scenery of the Northern Cascade Range is great.
And of course, there are campgrounds nearby. There arenít any hotels right nearby but if you're willing to drive a short distance then no problem but do book a room before you come because it is a very popular destination. Some people prefer whitewater rafting and some kayaking, either way around here you'll find a large number of good rivers. The starting point is not too far from Hood River, as you can see on the road map further down. There  
are a few other stretches in this river system that can be paddled as well.

Briefly about the general area:
The Muddy River Trail offers hiking at its best, and why not take a refreshing hike along the Smith Creek Butte Trail. You'll truly wish for more hours in a day to enjoy all the enjoyable stuff in the Northern Cascade Range. Muddy River is a quite wet place typically with much rainfall. Of all the months in a year December is the one with the most rain, and the driest of the months is July. For the duration of the summertime highs here at Muddy River get into the 70's, and throughout the night it cools down to the 50's.

Muddy River, FR 25 Bridge to Lewis North Fork 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 Muddy River.
 Whitewater Near Muddy River:
Muddy River, Skamania County, 2 miles away
      Class II-III(IV) - 5.5 miles long (FR 25 Bridge to Lewis North Fork)
Lewis River - North Fork, Cowlitz County, 6 miles away
      Class II-III - 4.5 miles long (FR 9039 to Swift Reservoir)
Lewis River - North Fork, Skamania County, 7 miles away
      Class III-IV - 8 miles long (Cussed Hollow to FR 9039)
Siouxon Creek, Clark County, 9 miles away
      Class III-V - 12 miles long (Calamity Creek to Yale Reservoir)
Wind River, Skamania County, 10 miles away
      Class III+ - 3.4 miles long (Falls Creek to Mineral Springs Road)
Rush Creek, Skamania County, 11 miles away
      Class V+ - 5 miles long (Meadow Creek to FR 90)
Wind River, Skamania County, 12 miles away
      Class IV-V - 6 miles long (Ranger Station Close to Stabler to High Bridge)
Wind River, Skamania County, 12 miles away
      Class I-II - 7.2 miles long (Mineral Springs to Stabler)
Trout Creek, Skamania County, 14 miles away
      Class IV-V - 6.3 miles long (FR 43 to Wind River)
Canyon Creek - Lewis River Tributary, Cowlitz/Skamania County, 15 miles away
      Class IV-V - 8.2 miles long (Twin Bridges to Fly Creek)
 Ski Areas Near Muddy River:
Mt. Hood Ski Bowl, Oregon , 43 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 9 lifts, 65 runs
Timberline Lodge, Oregon , 43 miles away, 3590 foot drop, 6 lifts, 32 runs
Cooper Spur, Oregon , 44 miles away, 500 foot drop, 2 lifts, 10 runs
Mt. Hood Meadows, Oregon , 45 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 , 55 miles away, 3100 foot drop, 11 lifts, 50 runs
Summit at Snoqualmie, Washington , 75 miles away, 2280 foot drop, 26 lifts, 96 runs
Alpental, Washington , 76 miles away, 2280 foot drop, 5 lifts, 19 runs
Hoodoo, Oregon , 82 miles away, 1035 foot drop, 6 lifts, 30 runs
Stevens Pass, Washington , 91 miles away, 1800 foot drop, 10 lifts, 37 runs
 Hotels Near Muddy River:
Skamania Lodge, Stevenson , 7 miles away
Carson Hot Springs Resort, Carson River Valley , 19 miles away
Rodeway Inn Stevenson, Stevenson , 22 miles away
Bonneville Hot Springs Resort And Spa, North Bonneville , 23 miles away
Columbia Gorge Inn, Cascade Locks , 23 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Muddy River:
Swift Forest Campground, Skamania County, 3 miles away
Curly Creek Campground, Skamania County, 5 miles away
Observation Berryfield Campground, Skamania County, 9 miles away
 Trails Near Muddy River:
Muddy River Trail, Skamania , 3 miles away, 2.1 hiking miles, 894 feet elevation difference
Smith Creek Butte Trail, Skamania , 4 miles away, 2.2 hiking miles, 1525 feet elevation difference
Wildcat Trail, Skamania , 6 miles away, 3.4 hiking miles, 2402 feet elevation difference
Bean Creek Trail, Skamania , 6 miles away, 7.4 hiking miles, 3072 feet elevation difference
Pine Creek Trail, Skamania , 8 miles away, 7 hiking miles, 2561 feet elevation difference
Smith Creek Trail, Skamania , 8 miles away,  6.2 hiking miles, 2573 feet elevation difference
Independence Pass Interpretive Trail, Skamania , 10 miles away, 1.5 hiking miles, 382 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near Muddy River:
Mount Rainier National Park, Ashford - WA , 30 miles away
Gifford Pinchot National Forest, Washington , 18 miles away
Beacon Rock State Park, Washington , 22 miles away
John B. Yeon State Park, Oregon , 24 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Muddy River:
Carson Mineral Hot Springs-Carson WA Golf Course, Stevenson , 18 miles away
Maple Grove RV Resort & Golf Course, Randle , 20 miles away
 Lakes Near Muddy River
Placid Lake, Skamania , 15 miles away
McBride Lake, Cowlitz , 16 miles away

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