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Washington whitewater, Washougal River

Skamania county, Prospector's Creek to Doc's Drop section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS V     4.3 miles
  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 rivers here are not very forgiving. The nature scenery of Skamania County and the cool fresh water beats anything. The put-in location is a reasonable drive from Hood River, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that. The Prospector's
    Creek to Doc's Drop section of Washougal River is 4.3 miles long and is according to American Whitewater a class V section of whitewater. There are so many stretches to paddle in this river system, the Prospector's Creek
to Doc's Drop stretch is just one of many. Some people prefer whitewater rafting and some kayaking, either way in this general area you'll find lots of paddling spots. On this section you do get some distance, suitable for an afternoon trip. Great exercise and just being out on the river for a while are sure to keep you coming back for more. The nearby hotels are a bit away from the river, and if you make reservations in advance you're all  
set. The campgrounds here at Washougal River are pretty good. The Northern Cascade Range scenery is wonderful.

Briefly about the general area:
Why not take a refreshing hike along the Washougal Trail; Shepperds Dell State Park is worth stopping at. So much cool stuff in the Northern Cascade Range, just extraordinary. Washougal River is right by the Green Leaf Trail, and needless to say, everybody loves Benson State Park. This river is so great. All the water falling down from the sky makes Washougal River a wet location. December is the wettest month with most rain, and July on the other hand is the driest.

Washougal River, Prospector's Creek to Doc's Drop 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 Washougal River.
 Whitewater Near Washougal River:
Washougal River, Clark/ Skamania County, 1 miles away
      Class III-IV - 6 miles long (Dougan Falls to Salmon Falls)
Washougal River, Skamania County, 1 miles away
      Class V - 3 miles long (Doc's Drop to Dougan Falls)
Washougal River, Skamania County, 1 miles away
      Class V - 4.3 miles long (Prospector's Creek to Doc's Drop)
Lewis River - East Fork, Clark County, 4 miles away
      Class IV-V - 5.5 miles long (Green Fork to Sunset Falls)
Stebbins Creek, Skamania County, 4 miles away
      Class IV-V(V+) - 3 miles long (to Washougal River)
Rock Creek - Columbia River Tributary, Klickitat County, 5 miles away
      Class III-IV - 5.5 miles long (Steep Creek to Rayan-Allen Bridge)
Copper Creek, Skamania/Clark County, 6 miles away
      Class IV-V - 6.1 miles long (road's end to East Fork Lewis)
Canyon Creek - Lewis River Tributary, Cowlitz/Skamania County, 8 miles away
      Class IV-V - 8.2 miles long (Twin Bridges to Fly Creek)
Washougal River - North Fork, Skamania County, 9 miles away
      Class IV-V - 7 miles long (Mile 7 to Washougal River)
Trout Creek, Skamania County, 9 miles away
      Class IV-V - 6.3 miles long (FR 43 to Wind River)
 Ski Areas Near Washougal River:
Mt. Hood Ski Bowl, Oregon , 34 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 9 lifts, 65 runs
Timberline Lodge, Oregon , 36 miles away, 3590 foot drop, 6 lifts, 32 runs
Mt. Hood Meadows, Oregon , 38 miles away, 2777 foot drop, 12 lifts, 87 runs
Cooper Spur, Oregon , 40 miles away, 500 foot drop, 2 lifts, 10 runs
White Pass, Washington , 67 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 6 lifts, 32 runs
Hoodoo, Oregon , 68 miles away, 1035 foot drop, 6 lifts, 30 runs
Crystal Mountain, Washington , 73 miles away, 3100 foot drop, 11 lifts, 50 runs
Mt. Bachelor, Oregon , 90 miles away, 3365 foot drop, 13 lifts, 71 runs
Summit at Snoqualmie, Washington , 94 miles away, 2280 foot drop, 26 lifts, 96 runs
Alpental, Washington , 95 miles away, 2280 foot drop, 5 lifts, 19 runs
 Hotels Near Washougal River:
Bonneville Hot Springs Resort And Spa, North Bonneville , 13 miles away
BEST WESTERN PLUS Columbia River Inn, Cascade Locks , 17 miles away
Columbia Gorge Inn, Cascade Locks , 17 miles away
Rodeway Inn Stevenson, Stevenson , 18 miles away
Carson Hot Springs Resort, Carson River Valley , 19 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Washougal River:
Dougan Creek Campground, Skamania County, 4 miles away
Pacific Crest Trail Trailcamp 2174.2 - Rock Creek, North Bonneville, 7 miles away
Sunset Campground, Skamania County, 8 miles away
 Trails Near Washougal River:
Washougal Trail, Skamania , 1 miles away, 3.6 hiking miles, 2131 feet elevation difference
Green Leaf Trail, Skamania , 5 miles away, 2.9 hiking miles, 727 feet elevation difference
Horseshoe Ridge Trail, Skamania , 9 miles away, 4.8 hiking miles, 2830 feet elevation difference
Rock Creek Trail, Skamania , 10 miles away, 3.6 hiking miles, 1970 feet elevation difference
Siouxon Trail, Skamania , 10 miles away, 4.8 hiking miles, 1860 feet elevation difference
Observation Peak Trail, Skamania , 10 miles away,  12.4 hiking miles, 2662 feet elevation difference
Soda Peaks Trail, Skamania , 10 miles away, 0.7 hiking miles, 942 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near Washougal River:
Mount Rainier National Park, Ashford - WA , 48 miles away
Benson State Park, Oregon , 9 miles away
Shepperds Dell State Park, Oregon , 9 miles away
Ainsworth State Park, Oregon , 10 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Washougal River:
Beacon Rock Golf Course, North Bonneville , 13 miles away
Orchard Hills Golf And Country Club, Washougal , 16 miles away
 Lakes Near Washougal River
Kidney Lake, Skamania , 14 miles away
Little Ashes Lake, Skamania , 16 miles away
Sesters Reservoirs, Multnomah , 18 miles away

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