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Washington whitewater, Cowlitz River

Lewis county, La Wis Wis Campground to Packwood section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS II     7.6 miles
  This stretch of Cowlitz River in Lewis County is 7.6 miles long and is according to American Whitewater a class II section of whitewater. The wonderful Washington scenery and the cool fresh water are reasons enough to come here and paddle. The beautiful Northern Cascade Range scenery is an added bonus. And of course, there are campgrounds nearby. If you've been out of state whitewater rafting and kayaking you might find the rivers here
    more demanding, so if you're not from around here don't forget that many of the sections here are not safe for beginners. Getting a good workout and just hanging out with mother nature are great attractions for lots of people.
This is a pretty decent length section, it's perfect for a one day trip. Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking there are lots of good places for that around here. There are so many stretches to paddle in this river system, the La Wis Wis Campground to Packwood stretch is just one of many. The starting location is a reasonable drive from Hood River, please print out a copy of the road map further down the page so you won’t get lost.  
Not too many hotels nearby, you'll have to drive a bit to get to one, but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick.

Briefly about the general area:
While you're here at Cowlitz River you can take a hike along the Tatoosh Trail, and people from Packwood love to come here. Life's too short to enjoy all the enjoyable stuff in the Northern Cascade Range. If the weather is fine here at Cowlitz River, you can go for a hike along the Backbone Ridge Trail. Cowlitz River is a wet location that gets a large amount of rain. Of all the months in a year January is the one with the most snow, and July meanwhile is the driest month.

Cowlitz River, La Wis Wis Campground to Packwood 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 Cowlitz River.
 Whitewater Near Cowlitz River:
Cowlitz River, Lewis County, 3 miles away
      Class II - 7.6 miles long (La Wis Wis Campground to Packwood)
Butter Creek, Lewis County, 5 miles away
      Class III - 2.5 miles long (along FR 5270)
Johnson Creek, Lewis County, 5 miles away
      Class V - 7.7 miles long (Glacier Creek to Highway 12)
Cowlitz River - Muddy Fork, Lewis County, 6 miles away
      Class V - 5 miles long (to Cowlitz River)
Ohanepecosh River, Lewis County, 7 miles away
      Class V - 4.7 miles long (Ohanepecosh Campground to La Wis Wis Campground)
Skate Creek, Lewis County, 8 miles away
      Class III+ - 3.1 miles long (Johnson Creek to Craig Road)
Cispus River - North Fork, Lewis County, 10 miles away
      Class IV-V - 2.7 miles long (FR 22 Bridge to North Fork Campground)
Cowlitz River - Clear Fork, Lewis County, 10 miles away
      Class V+ - 5 miles long (Lava Creek to La Wis Wis Campground)
Chinook Creek, Pierce County, 12 miles away
      Class IV-V - 5 miles long (Deer Creek to Cedar Flats)
Summit Creek, Lewis County, 12 miles away
      Class V+ - 5 miles long (Soda Springs to Highway 123)
 Ski Areas Near Cowlitz River:
White Pass, Washington , 18 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 6 lifts, 32 runs
Crystal Mountain, Washington , 18 miles away, 3100 foot drop, 11 lifts, 50 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 , 58 miles away, 500 foot drop, 2 lifts, 10 runs
Mt. Hood Meadows, Oregon , 62 miles away, 2777 foot drop, 12 lifts, 87 runs
Timberline Lodge, Oregon , 62 miles away, 3590 foot drop, 6 lifts, 32 runs
Mt. Hood Ski Bowl, Oregon , 64 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 9 lifts, 65 runs
Mission Ridge, Washington , 92 miles away, 2250 foot drop, 6 lifts, 36 runs
 Hotels Near Cowlitz River:
Skamania Lodge, Stevenson , 34 miles away
GuestHouse Inn Enumclaw, Lincoln , 36 miles away
Econo Lodge Buckley, Buckley , 36 miles away
Carson Hot Springs Resort, Carson River Valley , 43 miles away
Columbia Cliff Villas, Hood River , 45 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Cowlitz River:
Packwood RV Park and Campground, Packwood, 3 miles away
River Bar Campground, Lewis County, 3 miles away
La Wis Wis, -blank-, 4 miles away
 Trails Near Cowlitz River:
Tatoosh Trail, Lewis , 2 miles away,  16.4 hiking miles, 5829 feet elevation difference
Backbone Ridge Trail, Lewis , 4 miles away, 2.4 hiking miles, 1833 feet elevation difference
Packwood Lake Trail, Lewis , 5 miles away,  11.4 hiking miles, 384 feet elevation difference
Five Thousand Thirty Trail, Lewis , 5 miles away, 4.2 hiking miles, 897 feet elevation difference
South Point Trail, Lewis , 5 miles away,  6.4 hiking miles, 3402 feet elevation difference
Glacier Lake Trail, Lewis , 5 miles away,  3.2 hiking miles, 974 feet elevation difference
Three Peaks Trail, Lewis , 7 miles away,  7.6 hiking miles, 1240 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near Cowlitz River:
Mount Rainier National Park, Ashford - WA , 23 miles away
Gifford Pinchot National Forest, Washington , 21 miles away
Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, Washington , 22 miles away
Federation Forest State Park, Washington , 25 miles away
 Lakes Near Cowlitz River
Saint Jacobs Lake, Lewis , 7 miles away
Lone Tree Lake, Lewis , 15 miles away

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