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Washington whitewater, Clearwater River

Jefferson county, Upper Clearwater Road access to Clearwater Campground section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS III-IV     9.5 miles
  This stretch of Clearwater River is 9.5 miles long and has been rated as a class III-IV section by American Whitewater. If you're coming from Port Angeles it's not a long drive at all to the put-in location, as you can see on the road map further down. The wonderful Washington scenery and the sparkling of the sunlight on the water will make you feel great. Getting your paddling muscles activated and a chance to spend some time outdoors
    are sure to keep you coming back for more. There are plenty of other stretches in this river system that can be paddled as well. This section is long enough to enjoy a good non stop paddle, good for a one day paddling trip.
If you've been whitewater rafting and kayaking outside Washington you might find the rivers here a bit more challenging, so don't forget that a large number of rivers in this state are not easy. You might have to settle for a hotel a bit away from the river if you want to stay the night, but do book a room before you come because it is a very popular destination. No matter if you're whitewater rafting or kayaking around here you'll find  
a large number of good spots. If you're a camper you can camp at one of the great campgrounds nearby. Whitewater paddling here in the Olympic Mountains is a great experience.

Briefly about the general area:
If the weather is glorious here at Clearwater River, you can go for a hike along the Bogachiel-Hoh Trail, and on a great day you can take a hike along the Bogachiel Trail. So many exciting things to do in the Olympic Mountains, not sufficient time. All the water falling down from the sky makes Clearwater River a wet spot. The month of December is the wettest with most of the rain; the driest month is August.

Clearwater River, Upper Clearwater Road access to Clearwater Campground 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 Clearwater River.
 Whitewater Near Clearwater River:
Stequaleho River, Jefferson County, 2 miles away
      Class II-III(V+) - 4 miles long (C-1066 Road to Clearwater Campground)
Solleks River, Jefferson County, 3 miles away
      Class III-IV - 6 miles long (Sollecks Bridge to Clearwater Campground)
Clearwater River, Jefferson County, 4 miles away
      Class III-IV - 9.5 miles long (Upper Clearwater Road access to Clearwater Campground)
Clearwater River, Jefferson County, 4 miles away
      Class II - 10.5 miles long (Clearwater Campground to 144 Gross Bridge)
Queets River, Jefferson County, 5 miles away
      Class II - 9.3 miles long (Queets Campground to Hartzell Launch)
Snahapish River, Jefferson County, 6 miles away
      Class II+(IV) - 3.5 miles long (C-2700 Bridge to Clearwater River)
Matheny Creek, Jefferson County, 6 miles away
      Class III-IV - 4.2 miles long (FR 21 Bridge to Q-1800 Bridge)
Salmon River, Jefferson/Grays Harbor County, 8 miles away
      Class II(IV) - 8.2 miles long (West Boundary Road Bridge to Q-100 Bridge)
Hoh River - South Fork, Jefferson County, 9 miles away
      Class II-III - 2.7 miles long (Park boundary to South Fork Campground)
Christmas Creek, Jefferson County, 11 miles away
      Class II+(IV) - 4 miles long (C2400 bridge to Clearwater River)
 Ski Areas Near Clearwater River:
Hurricane Ridge Ski Lodge, Washington , 40 miles away, 800 foot drop, 3 lifts, 10 runs
Cypress Mountain, British Columbia , 99 miles away, 2410 foot drop, 9 lifts, 52 runs
 Hotels Near Clearwater River:
Lake Quinault Lodge, Quinault , 18 miles away
Rain Forest Resort Village, Quinault , 19 miles away
Kalaloch Lodge, Forks , 22 miles away
Lake Crescent Lodge, Port Angeles , 25 miles away
Miller Tree Inn, Forks , 25 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Clearwater River:
Yahoo Lake Campground, Jefferson County, 4 miles away
Upper Clearwater Campground, Jefferson County, 4 miles away
Olympic National Park - Queets, Amanda Park, 5 miles away
 Trails Near Clearwater River:
Bogachiel-Hoh Trail, Jefferson , 7 miles away,  20.8 hiking miles, 3229 feet elevation difference
Bogachiel Trail, Clallam , 10 miles away, 27 hiking miles, 4321 feet elevation difference
Pass Trail, Clallam , 12 miles away,  11.8 hiking miles, 1206 feet elevation difference
Rugged Ridge Trail, Clallam , 13 miles away,  4.6 hiking miles, 407 feet elevation difference
Canyon Creek Hoh Trail, Clallam , 17 miles away,  29.6 hiking miles, 5242 feet elevation difference
Mink Lake Trail, Clallam , 18 miles away,  7.8 hiking miles, 2790 feet elevation difference
Hoh River Trail, Clallam , 19 miles away,  31.2 hiking miles, 4310 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near Clearwater River:
Olympic National Park, Port Angeles - WA , 41 miles away
Bogachiel State Park, Washington , 23 miles away
Pacific Beach State Park, Washington , 25 miles away
Griffiths-Priday State Park, Washington , 28 miles away
 Lakes Near Clearwater River
Lake Quinault, Grays Harbor , 17 miles away

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