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Oregon whitewater, Nehalem River

Columbia county, Upper Nehalem to Vernonia section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS I-II     10 miles
  The put-in location is a reasonable drive from Longview-Kelso, please print out a copy of the road map further down the page so you won’t get lost. This stretch of Nehalem River in Columbia County is 10 miles long and it is classified as a class I-II section by American Whitewater. The nature scenery of Columbia County and the beautiful way the water current moves down the stream beats anything. This river system is full of great paddling
    sections, the Upper Nehalem to Vernonia section is just one of them. The nearby hotels are a bit away from the river, but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick. The average Oregon whitewater
rafting or kayaking river tends to be harder to run than those in other states, so don't forget that many of the rivers here are not very forgiving. This section has enough mileage for an overnight trip, so why not pack your camp stove too. The beautiful Coast Ranges scenery is an added bonus. Some people prefer whitewater rafting and some kayaking, either way in this general area you'll find lots of paddling spots. Getting a good workout  
and just hanging out with mother nature are great attractions for lots of people. There's camping available near Nehalem River.

Briefly about the general area:
There are plenty of folks from Vernonia here at Nehalem River. Nehalem River frequently gets a great deal of precipitation. The wettest month of the year is regularly December, that's the one that rains the most, and the driest month is July. At Nehalem River through the summertime highs are in the 70's. Summer night lows dip down to the 50's. High temperatures during the winter are normally in the 40's with temperatures at Nehalem River dipping down into the 30's during winter nights.

Nehalem River, Upper Nehalem to Vernonia road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.


Detailed Map

Stats for this river stretch

Local weather forecast

These outdoors activities are available near Nehalem River.
 Whitewater Near Nehalem River:
Nehalem River, Columbia County, 3 miles away
      Class I(II) - 25.9 miles long (Vernonia to Birkenfeld)
Nehalem River, Columbia County, 3 miles away
      Class I-II - 10 miles long (Upper Nehalem to Vernonia)
Rock Creek, Columbia County, 6 miles away
      Class I-II(III) - 12.2 miles long (Keasey to mouth)
Wilson River - Devil's Lake Fork, Tillamook County, 14 miles away
      Class IV - 4.6 miles long (Six miles West of Glenwood to main stem Wilson)
Wilson River - South Fork, Tillamook County, 17 miles away
      Class II(IV) - 8 miles long (Upper Reaches to Devils Lake Fork)
Jordan Creek, Tillamook County, 21 miles away
      Class III+(IV) - 6.5 miles long (Headwaters to Wilson River)
Germany Creek, Cowlitz County, 22 miles away
      Class III+ - 3.3 miles long (Road 1300 to end of county road)
Wilson River - North Fork, Tillamook County, 23 miles away
      Class III - 3.8 miles long (West fork North Fork confluence to Jones Creek Bridge on Wilson)
Trask River - North Fork, Washington County, 23 miles away
      Class III - 8 miles long (North Fork of Trask River to Bridge)
Coal Creek, Cowlitz County, 24 miles away
      Class III+(IV) - 4.5 miles long (East Fork to Harmony Dr.)
 Beaches Near Nehalem River:
Jones Beach, Columbia , 16 miles away
Westport Beach, Clatsop , 18 miles away
 Hotels Near Nehalem River:
Travelodge Forest Grove Hillsboro, Forest Grove , 18 miles away
Americas Best Value Inn, Forest Grove , 18 miles away
Best Western University Inn & Suites, Forest Grove , 19 miles away
The Villa At Little Cape Horn, Cathlamet , 21 miles away
Econo Lodge Inn & Suites Hillsboro - Portland West, Hillsboro , 24 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Nehalem River:
Vernonia Airport Park, Vernonia, 1 miles away
Anderson City Park, Vernonia, 3 miles away
Cedar Ridge, Vernonia, 4 miles away
 Public Lands Near Nehalem River:
Fort Clatsop National Memorial, Astoria - OR , 44 miles away
Bald Peak State Park, Oregon , 24 miles away
Saddle Mountain State Park, Oregon , 32 miles away
Manhattan Beach State Park, Oregon , 35 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Nehalem River:
Vernonia Golf Club, Vernonia , 1 miles away
Quail Valley Golf Course, Banks , 14 miles away
Sunset Grove Golf Club, Forest Grove , 16 miles away
 Lakes Near Nehalem River
Fishhawk Lake, Clatsop , 13 miles away
Henry Hagg Lake, Washington , 17 miles away

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