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Washington whitewater, South Praire Creek

Pierce county, Lower Burnett to above Carbon River section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS II+     5.8 miles
  The beautiful scenery of Pierce County and the sparkling of the sunlight on the water are reasons enough to come here and paddle. The Lower Burnett to above Carbon River section of South Praire Creek is 5.8 miles long and it is classified as a class II+ section by American Whitewater. If you're coming from Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue it's not a long drive at all to the put-in location, as you can see on the road map further down. If you're a
    camper you can camp at one of the great campgrounds nearby. This stretch has has enough mileage, it's perfect for a one day trip. Lodging is available near the river, but do book a room before you come because it is a very
popular destination. You might be into whitewater rafting or kayaking or both, doesn't matter, this area has a large number of paddling places. A good workout and spending some quality time in nature are great attractions for lots of people. Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in Washington are harder than the national norm, so if you're not from around here don't forget that a lot of the rivers here are not suitable for beginners. The  
Lower Burnett to above Carbon River section is one of a few paddling sections in this river system. When you're paddling down a Northern Cascade Range river like this one you always get great scenery along the way too.

Briefly about the general area:
A great site like Flaming Geyser State Park in the vicinity of South Praire Creek is too good to leave out, and South Praire Creek is not far at all from South Prairie. Man, is there a heap of exciting stuff to do in the Northern Cascade Range. Going to Nolte State Park next to South Praire Creek is a tremendous thing to do. At South Praire Creek during the months of summer highs are in the 70's while nighttime lows are typically in the 50's.

South Praire Creek, Lower Burnett to above Carbon River 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 South Praire Creek.
 Whitewater Near South Praire Creek:
Carbon River, Pierce County, 1 miles away
      Class II - 9 miles long (177th St. East to Puyallup River)
South Praire Creek, Pierce County, 3 miles away
      Class II+ - 5.8 miles long (Lower Burnett to above Carbon River)
White River, Pierce County, 7 miles away
      Class II - 12.5 miles long (Buckley to Auburn)
Green River, King County, 8 miles away
      Class II - 2.8 miles long (Flaming Geyser State Park to 212 Way SE Bridge)
Puyallup River, Pierce County, 8 miles away
      Class II - 9 miles long (Kapowsin Road Bridge to Highway 162)
Carbon River, Pierce County, 8 miles away
      Class V - 9 miles long (Fairfax to 177th St. East)
Puyallup River, Pierce County, 9 miles away
      Class I-II - 6.1 miles long (McMillin to Puyallup)
Puyallup River, Pierce County, 10 miles away
      Class IV+ - 9 miles long (Niesson Creek to Electron)
South Praire Creek, Pierce County, 12 miles away
      Class V - 6.6 miles long (East Fork to Spiketon Road)
Whitewater Outfitter - Wildwater River Tours, King County, 15 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
 Ski Areas Near South Praire Creek:
Crystal Mountain, Washington , 44 miles away, 3100 foot drop, 11 lifts, 50 runs
Alpental, Washington , 49 miles away, 2280 foot drop, 5 lifts, 19 runs
Summit at Snoqualmie, Washington , 49 miles away, 2280 foot drop, 26 lifts, 96 runs
White Pass, Washington , 54 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 6 lifts, 32 runs
Stevens Pass, Washington , 62 miles away, 1800 foot drop, 10 lifts, 37 runs
Mt.Baker, Washington , 87 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 8 lifts, 38 runs
Cooper Spur, Oregon , 87 miles away, 500 foot drop, 2 lifts, 10 runs
Timberline Lodge, Oregon , 88 miles away, 3590 foot drop, 6 lifts, 32 runs
Mt. Hood Ski Bowl, Oregon , 89 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 9 lifts, 65 runs
Mt. Hood Meadows, Oregon , 89 miles away, 2777 foot drop, 12 lifts, 87 runs
 Marinas Near South Praire Creek:
Narrows Marina, Auburn , 12 miles away
 Hotels Near South Praire Creek:
Econo Lodge Buckley, Buckley , 5 miles away
GuestHouse Inn Enumclaw, Lincoln , 9 miles away
Holiday Inn Express & Suites SUMNER - PUYALLUP AREA, Sumner , 12 miles away
Auburn Travelodge Inn And Suites, Auburn , 12 miles away
La Quinta Inn & Suites Auburn, Auburn , 12 miles away
 Campgrounds Near South Praire Creek:
South Prairie Creek RV Park, South Prairie, 1 miles away
Uncle John's Rv Park, Buckley, 3 miles away
Sierra-rainier, Orting, 7 miles away
 Trails Near South Praire Creek:
Paul Peak Trail, Pierce , 16 miles away,  3 hiking miles, 1081 feet elevation difference
Summit Lake Trail, Pierce , 19 miles away, 5.1 hiking miles, 1322 feet elevation difference
Ipsut Creek Trail, Pierce , 19 miles away, 4.8 hiking miles, 3790 feet elevation difference
Clearwater Trail, Pierce , 20 miles away, 10.6 hiking miles, 2788 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near South Praire Creek:
Mount Rainier National Park, Ashford - WA , 20 miles away
Lake Chelan National Recreation Area, Sedro-Woolley - WA , 66 miles away
Flaming Geyser State Park, Washington , 9 miles away
Nolte State Park, Washington , 13 miles away
Kanaskat-Palmer State Park, Washington , 17 miles away
 Golf Courses Near South Praire Creek:
Jade Greens Public Golf Course, Auburn , 8 miles away
Hi-Cedars Golf Club, Orting , 9 miles away
High Cedars Golf Club, Orting , 9 miles away
 Lakes Near South Praire Creek
Deep Lake, King , 13 miles away
Lake Chalet, Pierce , 14 miles away
Tanwax Lake, Pierce , 15 miles away

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