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Washington whitewater, Dosewallips River

Jefferson county, Elkhorn Campground to Six Mile Bridge section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS III-IV+     5.2 miles
  The put-in location is a reasonable drive from Shelton, please print out a copy of the road map further down the page so you won’t get lost. The scenic beauty of Washington and the cool fresh water are reasons enough to come here and paddle. This stretch of Dosewallips River in Jefferson County is 5.2 miles long and has been rated as a class III-IV+ section by American Whitewater. This stretch is mid length, you can easily run it on an
    afternoon. Whitewater paddling here in the Olympic Mountains is a great experience. Not too many hotels nearby, you'll have to drive a bit to get to one, but do book a room before you come because it is a very popular destination.
Getting your paddling muscles activated and a chance to spend some time outdoors have people coming from far and near. This river system is full of great paddling sections, the Elkhorn Campground to Six Mile Bridge section is just one of them. The average Washington whitewater rafting or kayaking river tends to be harder to run than those in other states, so don't forget that rivers here are less forgiving. Whether you're whitewater rafting  
or kayaking in this general area you'll find lots of paddling places. For all you camping people there are campgrounds nearby.

Briefly about the general area:
Going to Dosewallips State Park near Dosewallips River is a great thing to do; during your trip here you'll meet some folks from Brinnon for sure. But wait, there's more exciting stuff to do in the Olympic Mountains. Nothing beats kicking back at Scenic Beach, and nearby you discover the Mount Jupiter Trail which is a great hiking trail. This river is a wonderful place to visit. Enjoy a lazy day on the beach at Maple Beach; a magnificent location like Pleasant Harbor State Park is too good to leave out.

Dosewallips River, Elkhorn Campground to Six Mile Bridge road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.


Detailed Map

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These outdoors activities are available near Dosewallips River.
 Whitewater Near Dosewallips River:
Duckabush River, Jefferson County, 2 miles away
      Class IV - 6.2 miles long (2515 Bridge to Highway 101)
Dosewallips River, Jefferson County, 3 miles away
      Class III-IV+ - 5.2 miles long (Elkhorn Campground to Six Mile Bridge)
Dosewallips River, Jefferson County, 3 miles away
      Class II-III - 6.5 miles long (Six Mile Bridge to Dosewallips State Park)
Big Quilcene River, Jefferson County, 6 miles away
      Class V+ - 2 miles long (Tunnel Creek to Rainbow Campground)
Dosewallips River, Jefferson County, 8 miles away
      Class V+ - 3 miles long (Dosewallips Falls to Elkhorn Campground)
Hamma Hamma River, Mason County, 8 miles away
      Class III-IV - 5 miles long (Hamma Hamma Campground to gorge)
Big Quilcene River, Jefferson County, 9 miles away
      Class IV+ - 3.2 miles long (Rainbow Campground to fish hatchery)
Jefferson Creek, Mason County, 10 miles away
      Class V - 2.1 miles long (Elk Lake to Hamma Hamma)
Dungeness River, Clallam County, 11 miles away
      Class III-IV - 3 miles long (Gold Creek to Dungeness Forks Campground)
Dungeness River, Clallam County, 13 miles away
      Class III - 5.5 miles long (Dungeness Forks Campground to hatchery)
 Ski Areas Near Dosewallips River:
Hurricane Ridge Ski Lodge, Washington , 35 miles away, 800 foot drop, 3 lifts, 10 runs
Mount Seymour, British Columbia , 76 miles away, 1083 foot drop, 5 lifts, 23 runs
Grouse Mountain, British Columbia , 77 miles away, 1260 foot drop, 5 lifts, 26 runs
Cypress Mountain, British Columbia , 78 miles away, 2410 foot drop, 9 lifts, 52 runs
 Marinas Near Dosewallips River:
Pleasant Harbor Marina, Brinnon , 9 miles away
Home Port Marina, Brinnon , 9 miles away
 Beaches Near Dosewallips River:
Maple Beach, Kitsap , 14 miles away
Scenic Beach, Kitsap , 14 miles away
Miami Beach, Kitsap , 15 miles away
 Hotels Near Dosewallips River:
Holiday Inn Express & Suites SEQUIM, Sequim , 16 miles away
Days Inn & Suites Sequim, Sequim , 16 miles away
Red Lion Inn & Suites Sequim, Sequim , 16 miles away
Econo Lodge Sequim, Sequim , 17 miles away
Lost Mountain Lodge, Sequim , 17 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Dosewallips River:
Collins, Brinnon, 3 miles away
Elkhorn, Lilliwaup, 4 miles away
Hamma Hamma, Lilliwaup, 8 miles away
 Trails Near Dosewallips River:
Mount Jupiter Trail, Jefferson , 3 miles away,  12 hiking miles, 3830 feet elevation difference
Deadfall Trail, Clallam , 9 miles away,  1.6 hiking miles, 1380 feet elevation difference
Mount Zion Trail, Clallam , 9 miles away,  7.8 hiking miles, 2262 feet elevation difference
Tubal Cain Mine Trail, Jefferson , 10 miles away, 12 hiking miles, 5265 feet elevation difference
Bear Mountain Trail, Clallam , 11 miles away, 2.5 hiking miles, 1626 feet elevation difference
Royal Creek Trail, Kittitas , 12 miles away,  29 hiking miles, 5153 feet elevation difference
Clink Trail, Clallam , 13 miles away,  3.6 hiking miles, 1670 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near Dosewallips River:
Olympic National Park, Port Angeles - WA , 35 miles away
Pleasant Harbor State Park, Washington , 10 miles away
Dosewallips State Park, Washington , 10 miles away
Scenic Beach State Park, Washington , 14 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Dosewallips River:
Lake Cushman Golf Course, Hoodsport , 18 miles away
Skyridge Golf Course & Driving Range, Sequim , 20 miles away
 Lakes Near Dosewallips River
Upper Elk Lake, Mason , 10 miles away
Tenas Lake, Mason , 13 miles away
Tarboo Lake, Jefferson , 16 miles away

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