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Washington whitewater, Skokomish River - North Fork

Mason county, Staircase to Lake Cushman section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS II-III     1.5 miles
  The starting point is not too far from Shelton, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that. The natural beauty of Washington and the playfulness of the water have people coming here. If you're a camper you can camp at one of the great campgrounds nearby. The nearby hotels are a bit away from the river, but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick. Since you're on this site you are probably into
    whitewater rafting or kayaking, either way there are lots of good spots for that around here. The Olympic Mountains scenery is wonderful. The rivers for whitewater rafting and kayaking here in Washington are often tougher
than in other states, so keep in mind that rivers here are not as easy as elsewhere. This section of Skokomish River - North Fork in Washington is 1.5 miles long and is a class II-III section of whitewater according to American Whitewater. This river system is full of great paddling stretches, the Staircase to Lake Cushman stretch is just one of them. This is a somewhat short section so no need to bring snacks. Getting your paddling muscles activated  
and a chance to spend some time outdoors have a lot of people coming here.

Briefly about the general area:
A tour to Lake Cushman State Park when you're here at Skokomish River - North Fork is never a bad idea, and a trip to Skokomish River - North Fork wouldn't be complete without taking a look at Staircase Rapids. All year is a fine time in the Olympic Mountains if you like the outdoors. You'll meet a lot of folks from Lilliwaup here, and Potlatch State Park is a pleasant location to explore on a wonderful day. Coming to this river is always a good idea. If you would like a little side journey, try Bear Gulch.

Skokomish River - North Fork, Staircase to Lake Cushman 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 Skokomish River - North Fork.
 Whitewater Near Skokomish River - North Fork:
Skokomish River - North Fork, Mason County, 1 miles away
      Class II-III - 1.5 miles long (Staircase to Lake Cushman)
Skokomish River - North Fork, Mason County, 5 miles away
      Class V+ - 5.6 miles long (Seven Stream to Staircase)
Skokomish River - South Fork, Mason County, 5 miles away
      Class IV-V - 11 miles long (Browns Creek to Vance Creek)
Hamma Hamma River, Mason County, 8 miles away
      Class V+ - 3.5 miles long (Boulder Creek to Hamma Hamma Campground)
Vance Creek, Mason County, 8 miles away
      Class IV - 3.5 miles long (FS 2350 to Vance Creek Bridge)
Satsop River - Middle Fork, Mason County, 10 miles away
      Class III+(IV) - 6.5 miles long (Walter Creek to Baker Creek)
Baker Creek, Mason County County, 11 miles away
      Class III-IV - 1.5 miles long (Old Bridge to Middle Satsop)
Satsop River - Middle Fork, Mason County, 13 miles away
      Class IV-V - 1.3 miles long (Baker Creek to road off Kelly Hall Road)
Jefferson Creek, Mason County, 13 miles away
      Class V - 2.1 miles long (Elk Lake to Hamma Hamma)
Satsop River - Middle Fork, Mason/Grays Harbor County, 14 miles away
      Class II - 17.2 miles long (Access off Kelly Hall Road to Tornow Road)
 Ski Areas Near Skokomish River - North Fork:
Hurricane Ridge Ski Lodge, Washington , 25 miles away, 800 foot drop, 3 lifts, 10 runs
Cypress Mountain, British Columbia , 88 miles away, 2410 foot drop, 9 lifts, 52 runs
Grouse Mountain, British Columbia , 89 miles away, 1260 foot drop, 5 lifts, 26 runs
Mount Seymour, British Columbia , 90 miles away, 1083 foot drop, 5 lifts, 23 runs
 Hotels Near Skokomish River - North Fork:
Alderbrook Resort And Spa, Union , 18 miles away
Robin Hood Village Resort, Union , 19 miles away
Super 8 Shelton, Shelton , 19 miles away
Little Creek Casino Resort, Shelton , 24 miles away
Stay Beyond Inn And Suites, Elma , 24 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Skokomish River - North Fork:
Staircase Campground, Mason County, 0 miles away
Olympic National Park - Staircase, Lilliwaup, 0 miles away
Lebar Horse Camp, Lilliwaup, 5 miles away
 Public Lands Near Skokomish River - North Fork:
Olympic National Park, Port Angeles - WA , 28 miles away
Lake Cushman State Park, Washington , 7 miles away
Potlatch State Park, Washington , 14 miles away
Olympic National Forest, Washington , 16 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Skokomish River - North Fork:
Lake Cushman Golf Course, Hoodsport , 10 miles away
 Lakes Near Skokomish River - North Fork
Mildred Lakes, Mason , 3 miles away
Lake Cushman, Mason , 8 miles away
Lake Standstill, Mason , 9 miles away

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