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Washington whitewater, Butter Creek

Lewis county, along FR 5270 section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS III     2.5 miles
  The natural beauty of Washington and the sparkling of the sunlight on the water are in themselves reasons enough to come here to paddle. The along FR 5270 section of Butter Creek is 2.5 miles long and has been determined by American Whitewater to be a class III section. The starting location is a short drive from Hood River, as you can see on the road map further down. A good workout and a chance to spend some time outdoors have a lot of
    people coming here. Some people prefer whitewater rafting and some kayaking, either way in this general area you'll find lots of paddling rivers. The river winds through the Northern Cascade Range and you get great scenery.
There's camping available near Butter Creek. There are some good stretches to paddle in this river system, the along FR 5270 stretch is one of them. The nearby hotels are a bit away from the river, but do book a room before you come because it is a very popular destination. Whitewater rafting and kayaking in this state is often more difficult than elsewhere, so don't forget that many runs in this state are not easy. This stretch is short so  
better bring some good walking shoes.

Briefly about the general area:
The smiling folks of Packwood like to hang out close by, and going for a hike along the Skyline Trail will let you absorb the natural beauty of this area. If you have a thing about the outdoors you'll have a thing about it here in the Northern Cascade Range. Have a good hiking adventure along the Tatoosh Trail. A great deal of precipitation falls at Butter Creek. January is the month that gets the most snow, and the driest of the months is July. For the duration of the warmest time of the year highs here at Butter Creek reach the 70's while overnight lows are generally in the 40's.

Butter Creek, along FR 5270 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 Butter Creek.
 Whitewater Near Butter Creek:
Butter Creek, Lewis County, 1 miles away
      Class III - 2.5 miles long (along FR 5270)
Skate Creek, Lewis County, 5 miles away
      Class III+ - 3.1 miles long (Johnson Creek to Craig Road)
Cowlitz River, Lewis County, 6 miles away
      Class II - 7.6 miles long (La Wis Wis Campground to Packwood)
Cowlitz River - Muddy Fork, Lewis County, 6 miles away
      Class V - 5 miles long (to Cowlitz River)
Johnson Creek, Lewis County, 8 miles away
      Class V - 7.7 miles long (Glacier Creek to Highway 12)
Ohanepecosh River, Lewis County, 9 miles away
      Class V - 4.7 miles long (Ohanepecosh Campground to La Wis Wis Campground)
Cispus River - North Fork, Lewis County, 12 miles away
      Class IV-V - 2.7 miles long (FR 22 Bridge to North Fork Campground)
Chinook Creek, Pierce County, 13 miles away
      Class IV-V - 5 miles long (Deer Creek to Cedar Flats)
Cowlitz River - Clear Fork, Lewis County, 13 miles away
      Class V+ - 5 miles long (Lava Creek to La Wis Wis Campground)
Cispus River, Lewis County, 15 miles away
      Class III - 20.2 miles long (Road 28 Bridge to Scanewa Reservoir)
 Ski Areas Near Butter Creek:
Crystal Mountain, Washington , 20 miles away, 3100 foot drop, 11 lifts, 50 runs
White Pass, Washington , 21 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 6 lifts, 32 runs
Summit at Snoqualmie, Washington , 40 miles away, 2280 foot drop, 26 lifts, 96 runs
Alpental, Washington , 41 miles away, 2280 foot drop, 5 lifts, 19 runs
Stevens Pass, Washington , 56 miles away, 1800 foot drop, 10 lifts, 37 runs
Cooper Spur, Oregon , 60 miles away, 500 foot drop, 2 lifts, 10 runs
Mt. Hood Meadows, Oregon , 64 miles away, 2777 foot drop, 12 lifts, 87 runs
Timberline Lodge, Oregon , 64 miles away, 3590 foot drop, 6 lifts, 32 runs
Mt. Hood Ski Bowl, Oregon , 66 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 9 lifts, 65 runs
Mission Ridge, Washington , 94 miles away, 2250 foot drop, 6 lifts, 36 runs
 Hotels Near Butter Creek:
GuestHouse Inn Enumclaw, Lincoln , 32 miles away
Econo Lodge Buckley, Buckley , 33 miles away
Skamania Lodge, Stevenson , 34 miles away
Lindas By The Lake, Maple Valley , 42 miles away
Salish Lodge Spa, Snoqualmie , 42 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Butter Creek:
Skate Creek Sno-Park, Packwood, 2 miles away
Packwood RV Park and Campground, Packwood, 4 miles away
River Bar Campground, Lewis County, 6 miles away
 Trails Near Butter Creek:
Tatoosh Trail, Lewis , 2 miles away,  16.4 hiking miles, 5829 feet elevation difference
Skyline Trail, Pierce , 6 miles away,  6.2 hiking miles, 1839 feet elevation difference
Moraine Trail, Pierce , 6 miles away,  2.4 hiking miles, 452 feet elevation difference
Backbone Ridge Trail, Lewis , 7 miles away, 2.4 hiking miles, 1833 feet elevation difference
Dry Creek Trail, Lewis , 7 miles away, 6.4 hiking miles, 5447 feet elevation difference
Willame Trail, Lewis , 7 miles away, 3.5 hiking miles, 921 feet elevation difference
South Point Trail, Lewis , 8 miles away,  6.4 hiking miles, 3402 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near Butter Creek:
Mount Rainier National Park, Ashford - WA , 20 miles away
Gifford Pinchot National Forest, Washington , 21 miles away
Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, Washington , 23 miles away
Federation Forest State Park, Washington , 23 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Butter Creek:
Maple Grove RV Resort & Golf Course, Randle , 19 miles away
 Lakes Near Butter Creek
Saint Jacobs Lake, Lewis , 8 miles away
Lone Tree Lake, Lewis , 13 miles away
Lake Christine, Pierce , 17 miles away

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