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Washington whitewater, Elochoman River

Wahkiakum county, North Fork to Beaver Creek hatchery section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS II-III+     11 miles
  The North Fork to Beaver Creek hatchery stretch of Elochoman River in Wahkiakum County is 11 miles long and is a class II-III+ section of whitewater according to American Whitewater. The natural beauty of Washington and the playfulness of the water beats anything. Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in this state tend to be more challenging than the national average, so better not forget that a large number of rivers in this state are
    not easy. Whitewater paddling here in the Olympic Mountains is a great experience. A bit of exercise and a chance to spend some time outdoors have people coming from far and near. There are a few other sections in this river
system that can be paddled as well. If you hurry you can run this section in a day but why not make it an overnighter, so go ahead and pack your camp stove. The nearby hotels are a bit away from the river, but do book a room before you come because it is a very popular destination. The put-in 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. Some people prefer  
whitewater rafting and some kayaking, either way in this general area you'll find lots of paddling rivers. For all you camping people there are campgrounds nearby.

Briefly about the general area:
Elochoman River is not far at all from Cathlamet, and time spent at Jones Beach is always wonderful. Be careful coming to the Olympic Mountains, you might not ever want to return home again. Rainbow Falls State Park is a tremendous spot to go if you're at Elochoman River, and on a gorgeous day you can go to Westport Beach. This is such a great river. During the summertime at Elochoman River highs are typically in the 70's.

Elochoman River, North Fork to Beaver Creek hatchery 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 Elochoman River.
 Whitewater Near Elochoman River:
Elochoman River, Wahkiakum County, 4 miles away
      Class II-III+ - 11 miles long (North Fork to Beaver Creek hatchery)
Chehalis River - East Fork, Lewis County, 7 miles away
      Class III - 3 miles long (mile 3 to Chehalis River)
Chehalis River, Lewis County, 8 miles away
      Class III-IV - 11.8 miles long (West Fork to Pe Ell)
Chehalis River - West Fork, Lewis County, 8 miles away
      Class IV - 3 miles long (mile 3 to Chehalis River)
Germany Creek, Cowlitz County, 11 miles away
      Class III+ - 3.3 miles long (Road 1300 to end of county road)
Chehalis River, Lewis County, 14 miles away
      Class II - 6 miles long (Pe Ell to Doty)
Grays River, Wahkiakum County, 15 miles away
      Class IV+ - 5.2 miles long (South Fork Grays to Highway 4)
Chehalis River, Lewis County, 17 miles away
      Class II - 3.2 miles long (Rainbow Falls to Meeskill)
Coal Creek, Cowlitz County, 17 miles away
      Class III+(IV) - 4.5 miles long (East Fork to Harmony Dr.)
Rock Creek, Columbia County, 20 miles away
      Class I-II(III) - 12.2 miles long (Keasey to mouth)
 Ski Areas Near Elochoman River:
Hurricane Ridge Ski Lodge, Washington , 82 miles away, 800 foot drop, 3 lifts, 10 runs
 Marinas Near Elochoman River:
Elochman Slough Marina, Cathlamet , 8 miles away
 Beaches Near Elochoman River:
Jones Beach, Columbia , 7 miles away
Westport Beach, Clatsop , 9 miles away
 Hotels Near Elochoman River:
The Villa At Little Cape Horn, Cathlamet , 8 miles away
Quality Inn & Suites Longview, Longview , 26 miles away
Best Western Aladdin Inn, Kelso , 26 miles away
Lucky Eagle Casino And Hotel, Rochester , 27 miles away
Econo Lodge Kelso, Kelso , 27 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Elochoman River:
Marv's RV Park, Cathlamet, 4 miles away
County Line Park, Cathlamet, 8 miles away
Elochoman Slough Marina, Cathlamet, 8 miles away
 Public Lands Near Elochoman River:
Fort Clatsop National Memorial, Astoria - OR , 38 miles away
Rainbow Falls State Park, Washington , 17 miles away
Saddle Mountain State Park, Oregon , 31 miles away
Seaquest State Park, Washington , 32 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Elochoman River:
Skyline Golf Course, Cathlamet , 5 miles away
 Lakes Near Elochoman River
Fishhawk Lake, Clatsop , 13 miles away

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