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Washington whitewater, Rush Creek

Skamania county, Meadow Creek to FR 90 section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS V+     5 miles
  The put-in is not too far from Hood River, as you can see on the road map further down. This stretch of Rush Creek in Washington is 5 miles long and is rated by American Whitewater as a class V+ section. The Northern Cascade Range scenery is wonderful. This stretch has has enough mileage, it's good length for a morning trip. A good workout and just hanging out with mother nature are sure to keep you coming back for more. There are some good
    stretches to paddle in this river system, the Meadow Creek to FR 90 stretch is one of them. The average Washington whitewater rafting or kayaking river tends to be a bit harder to master than those in other states, so don't
forget that rivers here are not as easy as elsewhere. If you're a camper you can camp at one of the great campgrounds nearby. The nature scenery of Skamania County and the water flowing gracefully down Rush Creek are in themselves reasons enough to come here to paddle. 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.  
Since you're on this site you are probably into whitewater rafting or kayaking, either way this area has a large number of paddling rivers.

Briefly about the general area:
The summits of the Crazy Hills add much beauty to the neighborhood around Rush Creek, and while you're here you can take a hike along the Ridge Trail. Having a fine time in the Northern Cascade Range is easy. Rush Creek is near Gifford Pinchot National Forest which is a pretty spot; on a perfect day you can take a hike along the Falls Creek Trail. The surroundings of this river have so much to offer.

Rush Creek, Meadow Creek to FR 90 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 Rush Creek.
 Whitewater Near Rush Creek:
Rush Creek, Skamania County, 2 miles away
      Class V+ - 5 miles long (Meadow Creek to FR 90)
Lewis River - North Fork, Cowlitz County, 3 miles away
      Class II-III - 4.5 miles long (FR 9039 to Swift Reservoir)
Lewis River - North Fork, Skamania County, 4 miles away
      Class III-IV - 8 miles long (Cussed Hollow to FR 9039)
Wind River, Skamania County, 7 miles away
      Class III+ - 3.4 miles long (Falls Creek to Mineral Springs Road)
Muddy River, Skamania County, 10 miles away
      Class II-III(IV) - 5.5 miles long (FR 25 Bridge to Lewis North Fork)
Wind River, Skamania County, 10 miles away
      Class I-II - 7.2 miles long (Mineral Springs to Stabler)
Wind River, Skamania County, 10 miles away
      Class IV-V - 6 miles long (Ranger Station Close to Stabler to High Bridge)
Panther Creek, Skamania County, 11 miles away
      Class IV+ - 5 miles long (to confluence with Lower Wind River)
Quartz Creek, Skamania County, 11 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 5 miles long (Snaggletooth Creek to Lewis River)
Wind River, Skamania County, 12 miles away
      Class IV-V(V+) - 5 miles long (High Bridge to Columbia River)
 Ski Areas Near Rush Creek:
Cooper Spur, Oregon , 37 miles away, 500 foot drop, 2 lifts, 10 runs
Timberline Lodge, Oregon , 37 miles away, 3590 foot drop, 6 lifts, 32 runs
Mt. Hood Ski Bowl, Oregon , 38 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 9 lifts, 65 runs
Mt. Hood Meadows, Oregon , 38 miles away, 2777 foot drop, 12 lifts, 87 runs
White Pass, Washington , 45 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 6 lifts, 32 runs
Crystal Mountain, Washington , 51 miles away, 3100 foot drop, 11 lifts, 50 runs
Summit at Snoqualmie, Washington , 73 miles away, 2280 foot drop, 26 lifts, 96 runs
Alpental, Washington , 74 miles away, 2280 foot drop, 5 lifts, 19 runs
Hoodoo, Oregon , 79 miles away, 1035 foot drop, 6 lifts, 30 runs
Stevens Pass, Washington , 89 miles away, 1800 foot drop, 10 lifts, 37 runs
 Hotels Near Rush Creek:
Skamania Lodge, Stevenson , 2 miles away
Carson Hot Springs Resort, Carson River Valley , 13 miles away
Carson Ridge Private Luxury Ca, Carson River Valley , 17 miles away
Rodeway Inn Stevenson, Stevenson , 17 miles away
Columbia Gorge Inn, Cascade Locks , 19 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Rush Creek:
Curley Creek Sno-Park, Stevenson, 2 miles away
Rush Creek Sno-Park, Stevenson, 2 miles away
McClellan Meadows Sno-Park, Stevenson, 2 miles away
 Trails Near Rush Creek:
Ridge Trail, Skamania , 4 miles away, 3 hiking miles, 773 feet elevation difference
Falls Creek Trail, Skamania , 6 miles away, 9.1 hiking miles, 2402 feet elevation difference
Lava Butte Trail, Skamania , 6 miles away, 5 hiking miles, 1401 feet elevation difference
Wildcat Trail, Skamania , 7 miles away, 3.4 hiking miles, 2402 feet elevation difference
Paradise Trail, Skamania , 7 miles away, 2.3 hiking miles, 1390 feet elevation difference
Muddy River Trail, Skamania , 10 miles away, 2.1 hiking miles, 894 feet elevation difference
East Crater Trail, Skamania , 11 miles away,  11.2 hiking miles, 1609 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near Rush Creek:
Mount Rainier National Park, Ashford - WA , 33 miles away
Gifford Pinchot National Forest, Washington , 12 miles away
Beacon Rock State Park, Washington , 21 miles away
John B. Yeon State Park, Oregon , 22 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Rush Creek:
Carson Mineral Hot Springs-Carson WA Golf Course, Stevenson , 11 miles away
 Lakes Near Rush Creek
Placid Lake, Skamania , 6 miles away
Little Ashes Lake, Skamania , 19 miles away
Kidney Lake, Skamania , 19 miles away

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