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Washington whitewater, Calawah River

Clallam county, Klahanie Campground to Bogachiel River access section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS III     14.5 miles
  This section of Calawah River in Washington is 14.5 miles long and is rated by American Whitewater as a class III section. The average whitewater rafting or kayaking river tends to be a bit harder to master in this state than those in other states, so you'd better keep in mind that quite a few of the sections here are not easy. The beautiful scenery of Washington and the beautiful way the water current moves down the stream make the trip
    here worthwhile. The starting point is not too far from Port Angeles, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that. Getting some good exercise and spending some quality time in nature have people coming
from far and near. There are so many sections to paddle in this river system, the Klahanie Campground to Bogachiel River access section is just one of many. If you hurry you can run this stretch in a day but why not make it an overnighter, so pack your camping stuff. There are many good hotels to choose from, but if you donít have reservations you might end up sleeping in your car. There are campgrounds quite near the river where you can  
camp. Whitewater paddling here in the Olympic Mountains is a great experience. Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking this area has a large number of paddling rivers.

Briefly about the general area:
Nothing beats kicking back at Ruby Beach; Bogachiel State Park is both splendid and beautiful. This spot, the Olympic Mountains, has so much outdoors fun things. Hit the beach if you want, Boulder Beach is practically right here; you'll probably meet some folks from Forks here. This river has so much to offer. Calawah River gets much water. The wettest month of the year is frequently December, that's the one that rains the most, and August is the month with the least moisture.

Calawah River, Klahanie Campground to Bogachiel River access 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 Calawah River.
 Whitewater Near Calawah River:
Calawah River, Clallam County, 7 miles away
      Class III - 14.5 miles long (Klahanie Campground to Bogachiel River access)
Sol Duc River, Clallam County, 8 miles away
      Class II - 7.5 miles long (Hatchery to Salmon Drive)
Bogachiel River, Jefferson/Clallam County, 9 miles away
      Class II - 5 miles long (Park Boundary to Highway 101)
Hoko River, Clallam County, 10 miles away
      Class II-III(IV) - 8.3 miles long (Hoko Falls Run)
Hyas Creek, Clallam County, 11 miles away
      Class II-III(IV) - 1.5 miles long (FR 29 030 spur to South Fork Calawah confluence)
Sol Duc River, Clallam County, 13 miles away
      Class III - 6.3 miles long (Bear Creek to Hatchery)
Calawah River - North Fork, Clallam County, 14 miles away
      Class II+ - 9.2 miles long (Balch Bridge to South Fork Calawah confluence)
Christmas Creek, Jefferson County, 17 miles away
      Class II+(IV) - 4 miles long (C2400 bridge to Clearwater River)
Calawah River - South Fork, Clallam County, 17 miles away
      Class IV - 7 miles long (Rugged Ridge Trail to Hyas Creek)
Clearwater River, Jefferson County, 18 miles away
      Class II - 11.5 miles long (144 Gross Bridge to Queets River)
 Ski Areas Near Calawah River:
Hurricane Ridge Ski Lodge, Washington , 61 miles away, 800 foot drop, 3 lifts, 10 runs
 Marinas Near Calawah River:
Quileute Marina, Forks , 1 miles away
Coho Resort-rv Park and Marina, Sekiu , 16 miles away
 Beaches Near Calawah River:
Boulder Beach, Jefferson , 8 miles away
Ruby Beach, Jefferson , 11 miles away
Three D Beach, Clallam , 14 miles away
First Beach, Clallam , 16 miles away
Rialto Beach, Clallam , 17 miles away
 Hotels Near Calawah River:
Miller Tree Inn, Forks , 1 miles away
Kalaloch Lodge, Forks , 16 miles away
Lake Crescent Lodge, Port Angeles , 42 miles away
Lake Quinault Lodge, Quinault , 44 miles away
Quinault Beach Resort And Casino, Ocean Shores , 45 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Calawah River:
Forks 101 RV Park, Forks, 1 miles away
Hoh River Resort, Forks, 1 miles away
Forks Mobile Home Park, Forks, 2 miles away
 Trails Near Calawah River:
Rugged Ridge Trail, Clallam , 16 miles away,  4.6 hiking miles, 407 feet elevation difference
Pass Trail, Clallam , 16 miles away,  11.8 hiking miles, 1206 feet elevation difference
Allens Bay Trail, Clallam , 20 miles away,  4.8 hiking miles, 148 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near Calawah River:
Olympic National Park, Port Angeles - WA , 62 miles away
Bogachiel State Park, Washington , 3 miles away
Pacific Beach State Park, Washington , 37 miles away
 Lakes Near Calawah River
Ozette Lake, Clallam , 18 miles away

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