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Oregon whitewater, Nehalem River

Clatsop Tillamook county, Spruce Run Park to Nehalem Falls section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS III     14.2 miles
Nehalem is great for tubing,summer. Dont keep valuables in cars while on the river Kkayaked last two years in mid june and itwas fun, nice camping. The road becomes gravel part way. Watch for log trucks! Wear a helmet. Lots of flooding this winter with new washouts and logs. Says Frank Peper...Astoria

The river gets very low in the late summer months (July August and September), and is wild and high in the winter. The difficulty of this
    river is very much dependant on the time of year. My fav river. :) sorry, no pic to add. Says Molly

The scenic beauty of Clatsop/ Tillamook County and the sparkling of the sunlight on the water make the trip here
worthwhile. The put-in location is a short drive from Astoria, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that. This stretch of Nehalem River in Oregon is 14.2 miles long and is a class III section of whitewater according to American Whitewater. Not too many hotels nearby, you'll have to drive a bit to get to one, but if you donít have reservations you might end up sleeping in your car. When you're paddling down a Coast Ranges river  
like this one you always get great scenery along the way too. You can pitch a tent or park your RV at a nearby campground. Whitewater rafting and kayaking in Oregon is often tougher than elsewhere, so keep in mind that quite a few of the sections here are not easy. Great exercise and just being out on the river for a while have people coming from far and near. Since you're on this site you are probably into whitewater rafting or kayaking, either way this is an area with plenty of spots for that. If you have the time you can make this a two day trip, so go ahead and pack your camp stove.

Nehalem River, Spruce Run Park to Nehalem Falls road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.


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These outdoors activities are available near Nehalem River.
 Whitewater Near Nehalem River:
Nehalem River, Clatsop/ Tillamook County, 6 miles away
      Class III - 14.2 miles long (Spruce Run Park to Nehalem Falls)
Wilson River - West Fork of North Fork, Tillamook County, 12 miles away
      Class III - 1 miles long (1 mile above North Fork confluence to National Forest confluence)
Kilchis River - North Fork, Tillamook County, 12 miles away
      Class II-III - 6.5 miles long (Headwaters to Little South Fork Kilchis River)
Wilson River - North Fork, Tillamook County, 13 miles away
      Class III - 3.8 miles long (West fork North Fork confluence to Jones Creek Bridge on Wilson)
Wilson River, Tillamook County, 13 miles away
      Class II-IV - 16.6 miles long (Jones Creek Forest Camp to Boatramp)
Jordan Creek, Tillamook County, 18 miles away
      Class III+(IV) - 6.5 miles long (Headwaters to Wilson River)
Trask River, Tillamook County, 18 miles away
      Class III - 6.7 miles long (Fish Hatchery to Upper Peninsula Boat Ramp)
Trask River - North Fork, Washington County, 22 miles away
      Class III - 8 miles long (North Fork of Trask River to Bridge)
Wilson River - South Fork, Tillamook County, 23 miles away
      Class II(IV) - 8 miles long (Upper Reaches to Devils Lake Fork)
Nestucca River, Tillamook County, 24 miles away
      Class II - 13.6 miles long (Blaine to Hebo)
 Marinas Near Nehalem River:
Wheeler Marina, Wheeler , 14 miles away
Brighton Marina & Recreational Vehicle, Rockaway Beach , 17 miles away
Jetty Fishery Marina & RV Park, Rockaway Beach , 17 miles away
Garibaldi Marina, Garibaldi , 19 miles away
Big Barn Marina and RV Park, Tillamook , 20 miles away
 Beaches Near Nehalem River:
Sunset Beach, Tillamook , 17 miles away
Nehalem Beach, Tillamook , 18 miles away
Arcadia Beach, Clatsop , 19 miles away
Short Sand Beach, Tillamook , 19 miles away
Cove Beach, Clatsop , 19 miles away
 Hotels Near Nehalem River:
Rivertide Suites Hotel, Seaside , 6 miles away
Shilo Inn Suites Hotel Tillamook, Tillamook , 17 miles away
The Garibaldi House Inn-Suites, Garibaldi , 18 miles away
Ashley Inn Of Tillamook, Tillamook , 18 miles away
Econo Lodge Garibaldi, Garibaldi , 18 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Nehalem River:
Tillamook State Forest - Morrison Eddy, Tillamook, 3 miles away
Clatsop State Forest - Henry Rierson Spruce Run, Nehalem, 6 miles away
Tillamook State Forest - Nehalem Falls, Nehalem, 6 miles away
 Public Lands Near Nehalem River:
Fort Clatsop National Memorial, Astoria - OR , 22 miles away
Saddle Mountain State Park, Oregon , 11 miles away
Nehalem Bay State Park, Oregon , 16 miles away
Oswald West State Park, Oregon , 17 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Nehalem River:
Manzanita Golf Course, Manzanita , 17 miles away
Alderbrook Golf Course, Tillamook , 17 miles away
Bay Breeze Golf & Range, Tillamook , 17 miles away

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