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Washington whitewater, Elwha River

Clallam county, Grand Canyon section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS V     8.5 miles
  If you're coming from Port Angeles it's not a long drive at all to the put-in location, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. The rivers for whitewater rafting and kayaking in this state are often tougher than in other states, so if you're visiting here do keep in mind that lots of rivers here are not for beginners. This stretch is mid length, you can easily run it on an afternoon. The Grand Canyon
    stretch is one of many paddling stretches in this river system. And of course, there are campgrounds nearby. There arenít any hotels right nearby but if you're willing to drive a short distance then no problem but if you
donít have reservations you might end up sleeping in your car. The Grand Canyon stretch of Elwha River is 8.5 miles long and it is classified as a class V section by American Whitewater. The beautiful scenery of Washington and the water flowing gracefully down Elwha River will make you feel great. Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking this area has a large number of paddling rivers. A good workout and spending some quality time in  
nature are great attractions for lots of people. When you're paddling down a Olympic Mountains river like this one you always get great scenery along the way too.

Briefly about the general area:
While you're here at Elwha River you will meet lots of people from close by Port Angeles. Going for a hike on the Long Ridge Trail is always a good adventure. There's no such thing as a bad day of skiing at nearby Hurricane Ridge Ski Lodge. There is a wonderful hiking trail in the neighborhood of Elwha River called the Lillian River Trail. Don't miss out on a tour to Olympic National Park while you're here at Elwha River; you could always explore Grand Canyon.

Elwha River, Grand Canyon 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 Elwha River.
 Whitewater Near Elwha River:
Elwha River, Clallam County, 4 miles away
      Class V - 8.5 miles long (Grand Canyon)
Elwha River, Clallam County, 4 miles away
      Class II-III(IV) - 4.5 miles long (Mills Reservoir to Highway 101)
Elwha River, Clallam County, 7 miles away
      Class II - 4.9 miles long (Aldwell Reservoir to river mouth)
Quinault River - North Fork, Jefferson County, 13 miles away
      Class V - 3 miles long (Geoduck Creek to Kimta Creek)
Quinault River, Jefferson County, 17 miles away
      Class IV-V - 3 miles long (Pony Bridge to Graves Creek)
Lyre River, Clallam County, 21 miles away
      Class IV-V - 3 miles long (to Lyre River Campground)
Gray Wolf River, Clallam County, 21 miles away
      Class IV-V - 9.5 miles long (Deer Park to Dungeness Forks Campground)
Tshletshy River, Jefferson County, 21 miles away
      Class IV-V - 20 miles long (Headwaters to Queets Campground)
Skokomish River - North Fork, Mason County, 21 miles away
      Class V+ - 5.6 miles long (Seven Stream to Staircase)
Quinault River, Jefferson County, 22 miles away
      Class II - 6.5 miles long (Cannings Creek to South Shore Road access)
 Ski Areas Near Elwha River:
Hurricane Ridge Ski Lodge, Washington , 2 miles away, 800 foot drop, 3 lifts, 10 runs
Cypress Mountain, British Columbia , 71 miles away, 2410 foot drop, 9 lifts, 52 runs
Grouse Mountain, British Columbia , 74 miles away, 1260 foot drop, 5 lifts, 26 runs
Mount Seymour, British Columbia , 77 miles away, 1083 foot drop, 5 lifts, 23 runs
 Hotels Near Elwha River:
Olympic Lodge, Port Angeles , 10 miles away
Quality Inn Uptown, Port Angeles , 11 miles away
Sol Duc Hot Springs, Port Angeles , 11 miles away
Red Lion Port Angeles, Port Angeles , 11 miles away
Lord Carlton Country Manor Hou, Port Angeles , 11 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Elwha River:
Olympic National Park - Altair, Port Angeles, 4 miles away
Altair Campgrounds, Clallam County, 5 miles away
Olympic National Park - Elwha, Port Angeles, 5 miles away
 Trails Near Elwha River:
Lillian River Trail, Clallam , 1 miles away,  25.4 hiking miles, 4030 feet elevation difference
Long Ridge Trail, Clallam , 2 miles away,  40.2 hiking miles, 5708 feet elevation difference
Hurricane Hill Trail, Clallam , 2 miles away, 5.9 hiking miles, 5674 feet elevation difference
Little River Trail, Clallam , 4 miles away, 7.5 hiking miles, 5188 feet elevation difference
Elwha River Trail, Clallam , 5 miles away,  64 hiking miles, 4020 feet elevation difference
Lake Creek Trail, Clallam , 10 miles away,  4.4 hiking miles, 557 feet elevation difference
Happy Lake Ridge Trail, Clallam , 10 miles away,  17.2 hiking miles, 4377 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near Elwha River:
Olympic National Park, Port Angeles - WA , 5 miles away
Olympic National Forest, Washington , 25 miles away
Lake Cushman State Park, Washington , 31 miles away
Sequim Bay State Park, Washington , 36 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Elwha River:
Peninsula Golf Club, Port Angeles , 12 miles away
Salt Creek RV Park Golf Course, Port Angeles , 12 miles away
 Lakes Near Elwha River
Lake Sutherland, Clallam , 13 miles away
Claywood Lake, Jefferson , 14 miles away
Lake Crescent, Clallam , 19 miles away

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