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Washington whitewater, Deschutes River

Thurston county, Vail Loop Road to Military Road section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS II     9.3 miles
Anyone raft downstream of SR 507? We are designing some river log structures and would like to understand river usage in that reach. please email me directly at jack.bjork@cardno.com. Thanks. Says Jack Bjork

The Vail Loop Road to Military Road stretch of Deschutes River in Washington is 9.3 miles long and it is classified as a class II section by American Whitewater. The starting location is a reasonable drive from Centralia, please
    print out a copy of the road map further down the page so you won’t get lost. Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking this area has a large number of paddling rivers. A bit of exercise and a chance to spend some time
outdoors will make you glad you came. You can pitch a tent or park your RV at a nearby campground. The beauty of the Northern Cascade Range is a great plus for this river. The average whitewater rafting or kayaking river tends to be a bit harder to master in this state than those in other states, so you'd better keep in mind that quite a few of the sections here are not easy. The nearby hotels are a bit away from the river, and if you make  
reservations in advance you're all set. On this section you do get some distance, it's good length for a morning trip. There are some good sections to paddle in this river system, the Vail Loop Road to Military Road section is one of them. The nature scenery of Thurston County and the cool fresh water beats anything.

Briefly about the general area:
At Deschutes River you always meet someone from Rainier; naturally, everyone loves Ike Kinswa State Park. Whohoo, so much enjoyable stuff in one place! The Northern Cascade Range is unbeatable!. Throughout the warm months, highs ordinarily are in the 70's at Deschutes River.

Deschutes River, Vail Loop Road to Military Road 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 Deschutes River.
 Whitewater Near Deschutes River:
Deschutes River, Thurston County, 6 miles away
      Class II - 9.3 miles long (Vail Loop Road to Military Road)
Nisqually River, Thurston County, 7 miles away
      Class III - 7 miles long (McKenna to Yelm Hydro Plant)
Cowlitz River, Lewis County, 16 miles away
      Class I-II - 10 miles long (salmon hatchery to Blue Creek access)
Whitewater Outfitter - McFarland Rafting, Pierce County, 19 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Tilton River, Lewis County, 20 miles away
      Class III-IV - 11 miles long (Bremer to Ike Kinswa State Park)
Tilton River - North Fork, -blank- County, 20 miles away
      Class IV - 2.5 miles long (above Tilton confluence)
Nisqually River, Thurston County, 22 miles away
      Class II - 14 miles long (Mashel River to Mckenna)
Toutle River - North Fork, Cowlitz County, 23 miles away
      Class II+ - 10 miles long (Green River to South Fork confluence)
Little Nisqually River, Lewis County, 23 miles away
      Class IV+ - 5.7 miles long (Winston Creek to Alder Lake)
Nisqually River, -blank- County, 24 miles away
      Class V - 1.9 miles long (La Grande Reservoir to Mashel River)
 Ski Areas Near Deschutes River:
Hurricane Ridge Ski Lodge, Washington , 80 miles away, 800 foot drop, 3 lifts, 10 runs
Crystal Mountain, Washington , 81 miles away, 3100 foot drop, 11 lifts, 50 runs
White Pass, Washington , 87 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 6 lifts, 32 runs
Alpental, Washington , 89 miles away, 2280 foot drop, 5 lifts, 19 runs
Summit at Snoqualmie, Washington , 89 miles away, 2280 foot drop, 26 lifts, 96 runs
Mt. Hood Ski Bowl, Oregon , 96 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 9 lifts, 65 runs
Timberline Lodge, Oregon , 96 miles away, 3590 foot drop, 6 lifts, 32 runs
Mt. Hood Meadows, Oregon , 99 miles away, 2777 foot drop, 12 lifts, 87 runs
Cooper Spur, Oregon , 99 miles away, 500 foot drop, 2 lifts, 10 runs
 Marinas Near Deschutes River:
Lake Mayfield Village Marina, Mossyrock , 17 miles away
Zittel's Marina, Olympia , 19 miles away
Day Island Yacht Harbor, Tacoma , 19 miles away
 Hotels Near Deschutes River:
Prairie Hotel, Yelm , 5 miles away
Fairfield Inn & Suites Tacoma DuPont, DuPont , 11 miles away
Best Western Liberty Inn DuPont, DuPont , 11 miles away
Hampton Inn - Suites DuPont, DuPont , 12 miles away
Home2 Suites By Hilton DuPont, DuPont , 12 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Deschutes River:
Nisqually Plaza RV Park, Olympia, 12 miles away
Thurston County Fairgrounds, Lacey, 13 miles away
Fort Lewis Travel Camp, Tacoma, 13 miles away
 Public Lands Near Deschutes River:
Mount Rainier National Park, Ashford - WA , 46 miles away
Ike Kinswa State Park, Washington , 15 miles away
Tolmie State Park, Washington , 16 miles away
Eagle Island State Park, Washington , 16 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Deschutes River:
Nisqually Valley Golf Course, Yelm , 5 miles away
The Home Course, Dupont , 12 miles away
Capitol City Golf Club, Lacey , 14 miles away
 Lakes Near Deschutes River
Skookumchuck Reservoir, Thurston , 6 miles away
Harts Lake, Pierce , 12 miles away
Southwick Lake, Thurston , 13 miles away

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