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Washington whitewater, Elwha River

Clallam county, Mills Reservoir to Highway 101 section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS II-III(IV)     4.5 miles
  The starting location is a short drive from Port Angeles, as you can see on the road map further down. The scenic beauty of Washington and the cool fresh water attract people from near and far. This stretch of Elwha River in Washington is 4.5 miles long and has been determined by American Whitewater to be a class II-III(IV) section. This is a pretty decent length section, suitable for an afternoon trip. You might have to settle for a hotel
    a bit away from the river if you want to stay the night, but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick. No matter if you're whitewater rafting or kayaking around here you'll find a large number of
good rivers. The campgrounds here at Elwha River are pretty good. There are plenty of other stretches in this river system that can be paddled as well. The beautiful Olympic Mountains scenery is an added bonus. Whitewater rafting and kayaking in this state is often more difficult than elsewhere, so if you're not from around here don't forget that rivers here are less forgiving. Getting some good exercise and just being out on the river for  
a while are great reasons to come.

Briefly about the general area:
Go for a hike on the Hurricane Hill Trail; if time allows, Olympic National Park is a national park worth taking a look at. That right there is a lot of enjoyable things already but it goes on, the Olympic Mountains has it all. Good hiking is available along the Lillian River Trail; you can hit the slopes at Hurricane Ridge Ski Lodge in the neighborhood. This river has it all. People from Port Angeles love to come to Elwha River. Summertime highs at Elwha River mostly tend to be in the 70's, and during the night it cools down to the 50's.

Elwha River, Mills Reservoir 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 Elwha River.
 Whitewater Near Elwha River:
Elwha River, Clallam County, 1 miles away
      Class II-III(IV) - 4.5 miles long (Mills Reservoir to Highway 101)
Elwha River, Clallam County, 4 miles away
      Class II - 4.9 miles long (Aldwell Reservoir to river mouth)
Elwha River, Clallam County, 9 miles away
      Class V - 8.5 miles long (Grand Canyon)
Quinault River - North Fork, Jefferson County, 16 miles away
      Class V - 3 miles long (Geoduck Creek to Kimta Creek)
Lyre River, Clallam County, 16 miles away
      Class IV-V - 3 miles long (to Lyre River Campground)
Quinault River, Jefferson County, 20 miles away
      Class IV-V - 3 miles long (Pony Bridge to Graves Creek)
Sol Duc River - North Fork, Clallam County, 21 miles away
      Class IV - 5.3 miles long (North Fork Trail Bridge to FR 2918 Bridge)
Tshletshy River, Jefferson County, 22 miles away
      Class IV-V - 20 miles long (Headwaters to Queets Campground)
Sol Duc River, Clallam County, 23 miles away
      Class IV - 3.1 miles long (Salmon Cascade to FR 2918 Bridge)
Quinault River, Jefferson County, 23 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 , 6 miles away, 800 foot drop, 3 lifts, 10 runs
Cypress Mountain, British Columbia , 69 miles away, 2410 foot drop, 9 lifts, 52 runs
Grouse Mountain, British Columbia , 72 miles away, 1260 foot drop, 5 lifts, 26 runs
Mount Seymour, British Columbia , 76 miles away, 1083 foot drop, 5 lifts, 23 runs
 Hotels Near Elwha River:
Olympic Lodge, Port Angeles , 11 miles away
Quality Inn Uptown, Port Angeles , 12 miles away
Sol Duc Hot Springs, Port Angeles , 12 miles away
Red Lion Port Angeles, Port Angeles , 12 miles away
Lord Carlton Country Manor Hou, Port Angeles , 12 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Elwha River:
Altair Campgrounds, Clallam County, 1 miles away
Olympic National Park - Elwha, Port Angeles, 1 miles away
Olympic National Park - Altair, Port Angeles, 1 miles away
 Trails Near Elwha River:
Hurricane Hill Trail, Clallam , 3 miles away, 5.9 hiking miles, 5674 feet elevation difference
Lillian River Trail, Clallam , 5 miles away,  25.4 hiking miles, 4030 feet elevation difference
Long Ridge Trail, Clallam , 6 miles away,  40.2 hiking miles, 5708 feet elevation difference
Little River Trail, Clallam , 7 miles away, 7.5 hiking miles, 5188 feet elevation difference
Happy Lake Ridge Trail, Clallam , 7 miles away,  17.2 hiking miles, 4377 feet elevation difference
Boulder Lake Trail, Clallam , 7 miles away,  11.6 hiking miles, 2971 feet elevation difference
Elwha River Trail, Clallam , 9 miles away,  64 hiking miles, 4020 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near Elwha River:
Olympic National Park, Port Angeles - WA , 6 miles away
Olympic National Forest, Washington , 28 miles away
Lake Cushman State Park, Washington , 35 miles away
Lime Kiln Point State Park, Washington , 38 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Elwha River:
Salt Creek RV Park Golf Course, Port Angeles , 7 miles away
Peninsula Golf Club, Port Angeles , 14 miles away
 Lakes Near Elwha River
Lake Sutherland, Clallam , 8 miles away
Lake Crescent, Clallam , 15 miles away
Claywood Lake, Jefferson , 19 miles away

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