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Washington whitewater, Duckabush River

Jefferson county, 2515 Bridge to Highway 101 section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS IV     6.2 miles
  The rivers for whitewater rafting and kayaking here in Washington are often tougher than in other states, so if you're not from around here don't forget that a lot of the rivers here are not suitable for beginners. The starting location is a reasonable drive from Shelton, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that. The 2515 Bridge to Highway 101 section of Duckabush River is 6.2 miles long and has been determined by
    American Whitewater to be a class IV section. Getting some good exercise and a chance to spend some time outdoors will make you glad you came. This section is long enough to enjoy a good non stop paddle, good for a one day
paddling trip. Some people prefer whitewater rafting and some kayaking, either way this is an area with plenty of spots for that. You can pitch a tent or park your RV at a nearby campground. The beautiful scenery of Jefferson County and the water flowing gracefully down Duckabush River attract people from near and far. 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. The wild scenery of the Olympic Mountains is great. This river system has a few good paddling stretches and the 2515 Bridge to Highway 101 section is one of them.

Briefly about the general area:
Beaches are good; and Scenic Beach near Duckabush River is no exception, and Duckabush River is right next door to Pleasant Harbor State Park which is a lovely location. All the outdoors fun stuff in the Olympic Mountains will keep you coming back over and over. This is a popular place for people from Brinnon; Dosewallips State Park is a splendid spot to stretch your legs a bit.

Duckabush River, 2515 Bridge to Highway 101 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 Duckabush River.
 Whitewater Near Duckabush River:
Dosewallips River, Jefferson County, 3 miles away
      Class II-III - 6.5 miles long (Six Mile Bridge to Dosewallips State Park)
Duckabush River, Jefferson County, 4 miles away
      Class IV - 6.2 miles long (2515 Bridge to Highway 101)
Big Quilcene River, Jefferson County, 6 miles away
      Class V+ - 2 miles long (Tunnel Creek to Rainbow Campground)
Big Quilcene River, Jefferson County, 7 miles away
      Class IV+ - 3.2 miles long (Rainbow Campground to fish hatchery)
Dosewallips River, Jefferson County, 8 miles away
      Class III-IV+ - 5.2 miles long (Elkhorn Campground to Six Mile Bridge)
Hamma Hamma River, Mason County, 10 miles away
      Class III-IV - 5 miles long (Hamma Hamma Campground to gorge)
Jefferson Creek, Mason County, 11 miles away
      Class V - 2.1 miles long (Elk Lake to Hamma Hamma)
Dosewallips River, Jefferson County, 12 miles away
      Class V+ - 3 miles long (Dosewallips Falls to Elkhorn Campground)
Dungeness River, Clallam County, 15 miles away
      Class III-IV - 3 miles long (Gold Creek to Dungeness Forks Campground)
Dungeness River, Clallam County, 17 miles away
      Class III - 5.5 miles long (Dungeness Forks Campground to hatchery)
 Ski Areas Near Duckabush River:
Hurricane Ridge Ski Lodge, Washington , 39 miles away, 800 foot drop, 3 lifts, 10 runs
Mount Seymour, British Columbia , 79 miles away, 1083 foot drop, 5 lifts, 23 runs
Grouse Mountain, British Columbia , 80 miles away, 1260 foot drop, 5 lifts, 26 runs
Cypress Mountain, British Columbia , 82 miles away, 2410 foot drop, 9 lifts, 52 runs
 Marinas Near Duckabush River:
Pleasant Harbor Marina, Brinnon , 5 miles away
Home Port Marina, Brinnon , 5 miles away
Fair Harbor Marina, Grapeview , 19 miles away
Jarrell's Cove Marina, Shelton , 19 miles away
 Beaches Near Duckabush River:
Maple Beach, Kitsap , 9 miles away
Scenic Beach, Kitsap , 10 miles away
Miami Beach, Kitsap , 10 miles away
 Hotels Near Duckabush River:
Holiday Inn Express & Suites SEQUIM, Sequim , 20 miles away
Days Inn & Suites Sequim, Sequim , 20 miles away
Red Lion Inn & Suites Sequim, Sequim , 20 miles away
Best Western Plus Silverdale Beach Hotel, Silverdale , 20 miles away
Econo Lodge Sequim, Sequim , 20 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Duckabush River:
Collins, Brinnon, 2 miles away
Pleasant Harbor Campground, Brinnon, 4 miles away
Dosewallips State Park, Brinnon, 6 miles away
 Trails Near Duckabush River:
Mount Jupiter Trail, Jefferson , 2 miles away,  12 hiking miles, 3830 feet elevation difference
Deadfall Trail, Clallam , 11 miles away,  1.6 hiking miles, 1380 feet elevation difference
Mount Zion Trail, Clallam , 12 miles away,  7.8 hiking miles, 2262 feet elevation difference
Tubal Cain Mine Trail, Jefferson , 14 miles away, 12 hiking miles, 5265 feet elevation difference
Bear Mountain Trail, Clallam , 15 miles away, 2.5 hiking miles, 1626 feet elevation difference
Royal Creek Trail, Kittitas , 16 miles away,  29 hiking miles, 5153 feet elevation difference
Clink Trail, Clallam , 18 miles away,  3.6 hiking miles, 1670 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near Duckabush River:
Olympic National Park, Port Angeles - WA , 40 miles away
Lake Chelan National Recreation Area, Sedro-Woolley - WA , 68 miles away
Pleasant Harbor State Park, Washington , 5 miles away
Dosewallips State Park, Washington , 6 miles away
Scenic Beach State Park, Washington , 10 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Duckabush River:
Lakeland Village, Allyn , 16 miles away
Gold Mountain Golf Complex, Port Orchard , 17 miles away
Lake Limerick Country Club, Shelton , 18 miles away
 Lakes Near Duckabush River
Upper Elk Lake, Mason , 11 miles away
Tenas Lake, Mason , 14 miles away
Tarboo Lake, Jefferson , 15 miles away

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