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Oregon whitewater, Rock Creek

Columbia county, Keasey to mouth section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS I-II(III)     12.2 miles
  The starting location is a reasonable drive from Longview-Kelso, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. This stretch of Rock Creek is 12.2 miles long and has been determined by American Whitewater to be a class I-II(III) section. There are some good sections to paddle in this river system, the Keasey to mouth section is one of them. The beauty of the Coast Ranges is a great plus for this river. Great exercise
    and a chance to spend some time outdoors have people coming from far and near. This stretch has enough mileage for an overnight trip, so pack your sleeping bag. The scenic beauty of Oregon and the water flowing gracefully
down Rock Creek make the trip here worthwhile. Not too many hotels nearby, you'll have to drive a bit to get to one, but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick. The campgrounds here at Rock Creek are pretty good. No matter if you're whitewater rafting or kayaking in this general area you'll find lots of paddling places. Whitewater rafting and kayaking in Oregon is often tougher than elsewhere, so keep in mind that  
a large number of rivers in this state are not easy.

Briefly about the general area:
At Rock Creek you always meet someone from Vernonia, and you can always enjoy a lazy day on the beach at Jones Beach. Be careful coming to the Coast Ranges, you might not ever wanna go home again. Summer at Rock Creek comes with high temperatures in the 70's. When the night sets in temperatures dip down into the 50's. Through the wintertime this place gets highs in the 40's, and throughout the dark hours in the wintertime at Rock Creek temperatures plunge to the 30's. Lots of rainfall falls at Rock Creek.

Rock Creek, Keasey to mouth 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 Rock Creek.
 Whitewater Near Rock Creek:
Nehalem River, Columbia County, 3 miles away
      Class I-II - 10 miles long (Upper Nehalem to Vernonia)
Rock Creek, Columbia County, 5 miles away
      Class I-II(III) - 12.2 miles long (Keasey to mouth)
Nehalem River, Columbia County, 5 miles away
      Class I(II) - 25.9 miles long (Vernonia to Birkenfeld)
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, 18 miles away
      Class II(IV) - 8 miles long (Upper Reaches to Devils Lake Fork)
Germany Creek, Cowlitz County, 21 miles away
      Class III+ - 3.3 miles long (Road 1300 to end of county road)
Jordan Creek, Tillamook County, 21 miles away
      Class III+(IV) - 6.5 miles long (Headwaters to Wilson River)
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)
Elochoman River, Wahkiakum County, 23 miles away
      Class II-III+ - 11 miles long (North Fork to Beaver Creek hatchery)
Coal Creek, Cowlitz County, 23 miles away
      Class III+(IV) - 4.5 miles long (East Fork to Harmony Dr.)
 Marinas Near Rock Creek:
Elochman Slough Marina, Cathlamet , 18 miles away
 Beaches Near Rock Creek:
Jones Beach, Columbia , 14 miles away
Westport Beach, Clatsop , 16 miles away
 Hotels Near Rock Creek:
The Villa At Little Cape Horn, Cathlamet , 18 miles away
Travelodge Forest Grove Hillsboro, Forest Grove , 20 miles away
Americas Best Value Inn, Forest Grove , 20 miles away
Best Western University Inn & Suites, Forest Grove , 21 miles away
Quality Inn & Suites Longview, Longview , 26 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Rock Creek:
Vernonia Airport Park, Vernonia, 2 miles away
Cedar Ridge, Vernonia, 4 miles away
Anderson City Park, Vernonia, 5 miles away
 Public Lands Near Rock Creek:
Fort Clatsop National Memorial, Astoria - OR , 42 miles away
Bald Peak State Park, Oregon , 26 miles away
Saddle Mountain State Park, Oregon , 30 miles away
Manhattan Beach State Park, Oregon , 36 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Rock Creek:
Vernonia Golf Club, Vernonia , 2 miles away
Quail Valley Golf Course, Banks , 17 miles away
Skyline Golf Course, Cathlamet , 17 miles away
 Lakes Near Rock Creek
Fishhawk Lake, Clatsop , 11 miles away
Henry Hagg Lake, Washington , 19 miles away

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