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Washington whitewater, Chehalis River

Lewis county, Rainbow Falls to Meeskill section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS II     3.2 miles
The Chehalis River does not go through the Olympic Mountains. Says Elizabeth

The Rainbow Falls to Meeskill section of Chehalis River in Lewis County is 3.2 miles long and is a class II section of whitewater according to American Whitewater. The nature 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 Centralia, as you can see on the
    road map further down. There arenít any hotels right nearby but if you're willing to drive a short distance then no problem but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick. You might be into whitewater
rafting or kayaking or both, doesn't matter, in this general area you'll find lots of paddling places. The Rainbow Falls to Meeskill section is one of many paddling sections in this river system. The river winds through the Olympic Mountains and you get great scenery. You can pitch a tent or park your RV at a nearby campground. This is a pretty short section so you'll have to walk back to the start over and over. Whitewater rafting and  
kayaking in Washington is often tougher than elsewhere, so keep in mind that many of the rivers here are not very forgiving. Getting some good exercise and just hanging out with mother nature are sure to keep you coming back for more.

Briefly about the general area:
Places like Rainbow Falls State Park are fine to explore; during your visit here you'll meet some people from Doty for sure. And if that's not enough there's loads more entertaining things to do in the Olympic Mountains. Through the warmest time of the year here at Chehalis River, high temperatures regularly reach the 70's; the overnight is slightly colder of course, regularly in the 50's.

Chehalis River, Rainbow Falls to Meeskill 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 Chehalis River.
 Whitewater Near Chehalis River:
Chehalis River, Lewis County, 2 miles away
      Class II - 3.2 miles long (Rainbow Falls to Meeskill)
Chehalis River, Lewis County, 8 miles away
      Class II - 6 miles long (Pe Ell to Doty)
Chehalis River - East Fork, Lewis County, 11 miles away
      Class III - 3 miles long (mile 3 to Chehalis River)
Chehalis River, Lewis County, 11 miles away
      Class III-IV - 11.8 miles long (West Fork to Pe Ell)
Chehalis River - West Fork, Lewis County, 13 miles away
      Class IV - 3 miles long (mile 3 to Chehalis River)
Cedar Creek, Grays Harbor County, 13 miles away
      Class II+ - 4.7 miles long (Sherman Creek to Cedar Creek Road)
Elochoman River, Wahkiakum County, 14 miles away
      Class II-III+ - 11 miles long (North Fork to Beaver Creek hatchery)
Germany Creek, Cowlitz County, 18 miles away
      Class III+ - 3.3 miles long (Road 1300 to end of county road)
Olequa Creek, Lewis County, 19 miles away
      Class II+ - 6.5 miles long (Annonen Road to Cowlitz River)
Coal Creek, Cowlitz County, 22 miles away
      Class III+(IV) - 4.5 miles long (East Fork to Harmony Dr.)
 Ski Areas Near Chehalis River:
Hurricane Ridge Ski Lodge, Washington , 68 miles away, 800 foot drop, 3 lifts, 10 runs
 Hotels Near Chehalis River:
Lucky Eagle Casino And Hotel, Rochester , 9 miles away
Holiday Inn Express & Suites CHEHALIS-CENTRALIA, Chehalis , 15 miles away
Peppermill Empress Inn, Centralia , 16 miles away
Quality Inn Centralia, Centralia , 16 miles away
Best Western Plus Park Place Inn & Suites, Chehalis , 17 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Chehalis River:
Rainbow Falls State Park, Doty, 2 miles away
North Creek Campground, Grays Harbor County, 12 miles away
Outback RV Park, Rochester, 13 miles away
 Public Lands Near Chehalis River:
Fort Clatsop National Memorial, Astoria - OR , 49 miles away
Rainbow Falls State Park, Washington , 2 miles away
Millersylvania State Park, Washington , 25 miles away
Schafer State Park, Washington , 29 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Chehalis River:
Riverside Golf Club, Chehalis , 15 miles away
 Lakes Near Chehalis River
Horseshoe Lake, Lewis , 15 miles away

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