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Jefferson county, 144 Gross Bridge to Queets River section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS II     11.5 miles
  The starting point is not too far from Port Angeles, please print out a copy of the road map further down the page so you won’t get lost. The 144 Gross Bridge to Queets River section of Clearwater River in Jefferson County is 11.5 miles long and it is classified as a class II section by American Whitewater. The nearby hotels are a bit away from the river, but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick. This river system
    is full of great paddling stretches, the 144 Gross Bridge to Queets River stretch is just one of them. A good workout and just being out on the river for a while have people coming from far and near. The scenic beauty of
Washington and the playfulness of the water have people coming here. If you have the time you can make this a two day trip, so why not pack your sleeping bag too. The beautiful Olympic Mountains scenery is an added bonus. And of course, there are campgrounds nearby. The rivers for whitewater rafting and kayaking in this state are often tougher than in other states, so better not forget that rivers here are less forgiving. Since you're on  
this site you are probably into whitewater rafting or kayaking, either way this is an area with plenty of rivers for that.

Briefly about the general area:
Parson Rapids is an inspiring place to stop by while you're here, and a spree to Ruby Beach is always a delightful idea. Yep, outdoors entertaining things truly is bountiful here in the Olympic Mountains. Don't leave Clearwater River without first paying a visit to Barker Rapids. Clearwater River is a wet site that gets lots of rainfall. Through December this area sees the most rain; August meanwhile is the driest month.

Clearwater River, 144 Gross Bridge to Queets River 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:
Clearwater River, Jefferson County, 3 miles away
      Class II - 11.5 miles long (144 Gross Bridge to Queets River)
Christmas Creek, Jefferson County, 6 miles away
      Class II+(IV) - 4 miles long (C2400 bridge to Clearwater River)
Snahapish River, Jefferson County, 9 miles away
      Class II+(IV) - 3.5 miles long (C-2700 Bridge to Clearwater River)
Clearwater River, Jefferson County, 10 miles away
      Class II - 10.5 miles long (Clearwater Campground to 144 Gross Bridge)
Bogachiel River, Jefferson/Clallam County, 13 miles away
      Class II - 5 miles long (Park Boundary to Highway 101)
Salmon River, Jefferson/Grays Harbor County, 14 miles away
      Class II(IV) - 8.2 miles long (West Boundary Road Bridge to Q-100 Bridge)
Stequaleho River, Jefferson County, 14 miles away
      Class II-III(V+) - 4 miles long (C-1066 Road to Clearwater Campground)
Matheny Creek, Jefferson County, 15 miles away
      Class III-IV - 4.2 miles long (FR 21 Bridge to Q-1800 Bridge)
Calawah River - South Fork, Clallam County, 16 miles away
      Class IV - 7 miles long (Rugged Ridge Trail to Hyas Creek)
Queets River, Jefferson County, 17 miles away
      Class II - 9.3 miles long (Queets Campground to Hartzell Launch)
 Ski Areas Near Clearwater River:
Hurricane Ridge Ski Lodge, Washington , 54 miles away, 800 foot drop, 3 lifts, 10 runs
 Marinas Near Clearwater River:
Quileute Marina, Forks , 19 miles away
 Beaches Near Clearwater River:
Ruby Beach, Jefferson , 12 miles away
Boulder Beach, Jefferson , 17 miles away
 Hotels Near Clearwater River:
Kalaloch Lodge, Forks , 8 miles away
Miller Tree Inn, Forks , 19 miles away
Quinault Beach Resort And Casino, Ocean Shores , 27 miles away
Best Western Lighthouse Suites Inn, Ocean Shores , 28 miles away
Days Inn - Ocean Shores, Ocean Shores , 28 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Clearwater River:
Copper Mine Botton Campground, Jefferson County, 5 miles away
South Beach Campground, Jefferson County, 7 miles away
Olympic National Park - South Beach, Taholah, 7 miles away
 Trails Near Clearwater River:
Pass Trail, Clallam , 16 miles away,  11.8 hiking miles, 1206 feet elevation difference
Rugged Ridge Trail, Clallam , 17 miles away,  4.6 hiking miles, 407 feet elevation difference
Bogachiel-Hoh Trail, Jefferson , 17 miles away,  20.8 hiking miles, 3229 feet elevation difference
Bogachiel Trail, Clallam , 20 miles away, 27 hiking miles, 4321 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near Clearwater River:
Olympic National Park, Port Angeles - WA , 56 miles away
Bogachiel State Park, Washington , 16 miles away
Pacific Beach State Park, Washington , 19 miles away
Griffiths-Priday State Park, Washington , 22 miles away

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