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Washington whitewater, Sol Duc River

Clallam county, Bear Creek to Hatchery section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS III     6.3 miles
  The Bear Creek to Hatchery stretch of Sol Duc River is 6.3 miles long and it is classified as a class III section by American Whitewater. The average Washington whitewater rafting or kayaking river tends to be a bit harder to master than those in other states, so if you're visiting here do keep in mind that many of the sections here are not safe for beginners. The wonderful Washington scenery and the cool fresh water are reasons enough to
    come here and paddle. The starting location is a reasonable drive from Port Angeles, please print out a copy of the road map further down the page so you wonít get lost. No matter if you're whitewater rafting or kayaking
this is an area with plenty of rivers for that. If you're a camper you can camp at one of the great campgrounds nearby. Whitewater paddling here in the Olympic Mountains is a great experience. On this section you do get some distance, it's perfect for a one day trip. There are so many sections to paddle in this river system, the Bear Creek to Hatchery section is just one of many. A bit of exercise and just being out on the river for a while  
are great attractions for lots of people. You might have to settle for a hotel a bit away from the river if you want to stay the night, but if you donít have reservations you might end up sleeping in your car.

Briefly about the general area:
Going for a hike on the Rugged Ridge Trail is always a tremendous adventure, and don't leave Sol Duc River without first paying a visit to Beaver Falls. So many exciting things to do in the Olympic Mountains, not enough time. Bogachiel State Park is a fine place, and you can go for a hike on the Pass Trail. This river is so great. You're sure to run into some smiling folks from Beaver here.

Sol Duc River, Bear Creek to Hatchery 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 Sol Duc River.
 Whitewater Near Sol Duc River:
Sol Duc River, Clallam County, 3 miles away
      Class III - 6.3 miles long (Bear Creek to Hatchery)
Sol Duc River, Clallam County, 3 miles away
      Class II - 7.5 miles long (Hatchery to Salmon Drive)
Calawah River - North Fork, Clallam County, 4 miles away
      Class II+ - 9.2 miles long (Balch Bridge to South Fork Calawah confluence)
Hyas Creek, Clallam County, 5 miles away
      Class II-III(IV) - 1.5 miles long (FR 29 030 spur to South Fork Calawah confluence)
Calawah River, Clallam County, 5 miles away
      Class III - 14.5 miles long (Klahanie Campground to Bogachiel River access)
Bogachiel River, Jefferson/Clallam County, 8 miles away
      Class II - 5 miles long (Park Boundary to Highway 101)
Calawah River - South Fork, Clallam County, 10 miles away
      Class IV - 7 miles long (Rugged Ridge Trail to Hyas Creek)
Sol Duc River, Clallam County, 11 miles away
      Class II+ - 7.5 miles long (Klahowya Campground to Bear Creek)
Hoko River, Clallam County, 11 miles away
      Class II-III(IV) - 8.3 miles long (Hoko Falls Run)
Sitkum River, Clallam County, 14 miles away
      Class II-V - 9.6 miles long (Brandeberry Creek to Hyas Creek)
 Ski Areas Near Sol Duc River:
Hurricane Ridge Ski Lodge, Washington , 52 miles away, 800 foot drop, 3 lifts, 10 runs
Cypress Mountain, British Columbia , 96 miles away, 2410 foot drop, 9 lifts, 52 runs
 Marinas Near Sol Duc River:
Quileute Marina, Forks , 9 miles away
Coho Resort-rv Park and Marina, Sekiu , 20 miles away
 Beaches Near Sol Duc River:
Chito Beach, Clallam , 16 miles away
Boulder Beach, Jefferson , 18 miles away
Ruby Beach, Jefferson , 19 miles away
 Hotels Near Sol Duc River:
Miller Tree Inn, Forks , 9 miles away
Lake Crescent Lodge, Port Angeles , 33 miles away
Lake Quinault Lodge, Quinault , 40 miles away
Rain Forest Resort Village, Quinault , 41 miles away
BEST WESTERN Lighthouse Suites Inn, Ocean Shores , 49 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Sol Duc River:
Tumbling Rapids Park - Rayonier, Beaver, 1 miles away
Bear Creek Campground, Clallam County, 2 miles away
The Hungry Bear Cafe Motel& RV Park, Bear Creek, 2 miles away
 Trails Near Sol Duc River:
Rugged Ridge Trail, Clallam , 9 miles away,  4.6 hiking miles, 407 feet elevation difference
Pass Trail, Clallam , 10 miles away,  11.8 hiking miles, 1206 feet elevation difference
Bogachiel Trail, Clallam , 15 miles away, 27 hiking miles, 4321 feet elevation difference
Bogachiel-Hoh Trail, Jefferson , 16 miles away,  20.8 hiking miles, 3229 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near Sol Duc River:
Olympic National Park, Port Angeles - WA , 53 miles away
Bogachiel State Park, Washington , 10 miles away
Pacific Beach State Park, Washington , 40 miles away

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