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Washington whitewater, Cowlitz River

Lewis county, salmon hatchery to Blue Creek access section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS I-II     10 miles
Toledo will be having their grand opening of the new two lane boat launch on May 8th 10-12pm.† Great place to put in or take out your canoe.† Very safe for vehicles due to it being inside the city limits.† There is also a local park with camping, restroom includes a shower and sites have water and electricity. Says City of Toledo (see picture)

The rivers for whitewater rafting and kayaking here in Washington are often tougher than
    in other states, so don't forget that lots of rivers here are not for beginners. The salmon hatchery to Blue Creek access section of Cowlitz River in Washington is 10 miles long and is a class I-II section of whitewater
according to American Whitewater. You can pitch a tent or park your RV at a nearby campground. There arenít any hotels right nearby but if you're willing to drive a short distance then no problem but do book a room before you come because it is a very popular destination. Since you're on this site you are probably into whitewater rafting or kayaking, either way in this general area you'll find lots of paddling spots. If you're coming from  
Centralia it's not a long drive at all to the starting location, as you can see on the road map further down. The wild scenery of the Northern Cascade Range is great. The salmon hatchery to Blue Creek access section is one of a few paddling sections in this river system. The beautiful scenery of Washington and the playfulness of the water beats anything. You can enjoy this stretch more if you take your time, so why not pack your camping stuff too. A bit of exercise and spending some quality time in nature will make you glad you came.

Briefly about the general area:
Seaquest State Park is a good place to take a look at, and during your journey here you'll meet some folks from Onalaska for sure.

Cowlitz River, salmon hatchery to Blue Creek access road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.


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These outdoors activities are available near Cowlitz River.
 Whitewater Near Cowlitz River:
Cowlitz River, Lewis County, 3 miles away
      Class I-II - 10 miles long (salmon hatchery to Blue Creek access)
Toutle River, Cowlitz County, 9 miles away
      Class III+(IV) - 9.5 miles long (Highway 504 Bridge to Tower Road Bridge)
Toutle River - North Fork, Cowlitz County, 9 miles away
      Class II+ - 10 miles long (Green River to South Fork confluence)
Coweeman River, Cowlitz County, 18 miles away
      Class II-III(IV) - 11.3 miles long (Brown Creek to Jim Watson Creek)
Deschutes River, Thurston County, 18 miles away
      Class II - 9.3 miles long (Vail Loop Road to Military Road)
Goble Creek, Cowlitz County, 18 miles away
      Class III - 2.4 miles long (North Fork and Main Fork)
Tilton River, Lewis County, 19 miles away
      Class III-IV - 11 miles long (Bremer to Ike Kinswa State Park)
Olequa Creek, Lewis County, 20 miles away
      Class II+ - 6.5 miles long (Annonen Road to Cowlitz River)
Tilton River - North Fork, -blank- County, 21 miles away
      Class IV - 2.5 miles long (above Tilton confluence)
Kalama River, Cowlitz County, 22 miles away
      Class II-IV - 9.5 miles long (Gobar Creek to Lower Kalama Falls)
 Ski Areas Near Cowlitz River:
Mt. Hood Ski Bowl, Oregon , 86 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 9 lifts, 65 runs
Crystal Mountain, Washington , 86 miles away, 3100 foot drop, 11 lifts, 50 runs
Timberline Lodge, Oregon , 87 miles away, 3590 foot drop, 6 lifts, 32 runs
White Pass, Washington , 90 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 6 lifts, 32 runs
Mt. Hood Meadows, Oregon , 90 miles away, 2777 foot drop, 12 lifts, 87 runs
Hurricane Ridge Ski Lodge, Washington , 91 miles away, 800 foot drop, 3 lifts, 10 runs
Cooper Spur, Oregon , 91 miles away, 500 foot drop, 2 lifts, 10 runs
Alpental, Washington , 98 miles away, 2280 foot drop, 5 lifts, 19 runs
Summit at Snoqualmie, Washington , 98 miles away, 2280 foot drop, 26 lifts, 96 runs
 Marinas Near Cowlitz River:
Lake Mayfield Village Marina, Mossyrock , 8 miles away
 Hotels Near Cowlitz River:
Great Wolf Lodge Grand Mound, Grand Mound , 9 miles away
Best Western Plus Park Place Inn & Suites, Chehalis , 20 miles away
Econo Lodge Chehalis - Centralia, Chehalis , 20 miles away
Holiday Inn Express & Suites CHEHALIS-CENTRALIA, Chehalis , 22 miles away
Prairie Hotel, Yelm , 22 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Cowlitz River:
Cowlitz Timber Trails Assoc, Salkum, 2 miles away
Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery, Ethel, 3 miles away
Barrier Dam Campgrounds, Salkum, 4 miles away
 Public Lands Near Cowlitz River:
Mount Rainier National Park, Ashford - WA , 50 miles away
Ike Kinswa State Park, Washington , 12 miles away
Seaquest State Park, Washington , 13 miles away
Millersylvania State Park, Washington , 26 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Cowlitz River:
Newaukum Valley Golf Course, Chehalis , 15 miles away
 Lakes Near Cowlitz River
Skookumchuck Reservoir, Thurston , 14 miles away

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