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Washington whitewater, Elwha River

Clallam county, Aldwell Reservoir to river mouth section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS II     4.9 miles
  The average whitewater rafting or kayaking river tends to be a bit harder to master in this state than those in other states, so keep in mind that the rivers in this state are less manageable. The nature scenery of Washington and the sparkling of the sunlight on the water have people coming here. The starting location is a reasonable drive from Port Angeles, please print out a copy of the road map further down the page so you won’t get lost.
    This stretch of Elwha River in Clallam County is 4.9 miles long and is according to American Whitewater a class II section of whitewater. Great exercise and a chance to spend some time outdoors will make you glad you came.
The wild scenery of the Olympic Mountains is great. This is not the only paddling stretch in this river system, there are others too. On this section you do get some distance, it's perfect for a one day trip. You can pitch a tent or park your RV at a nearby campground. You might be into whitewater rafting or kayaking or both, doesn't matter, there are lots of good rivers for that around here. Not too many hotels nearby, you'll have to drive  
a bit to get to one, and if you make reservations in advance you're all set.

Briefly about the general area:
Not far from Elwha River you stumble on Angeles Point; a spree to Olympic National Park is worthwhile. You'll in fact wish for more hours in a day to enjoy all the cool things in the Olympic Mountains. The best way to spend a winter day is on the slopes of close by Hurricane Ridge Ski Lodge. There are plenty of folks from Port Angeles here at Elwha River, and hiking is a popular thing to do around Elwha River; Little River Trail is a good local trail. There's magnificent hiking along the Hurricane Hill Trail.

Elwha River, Aldwell Reservoir to river mouth road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.


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These outdoors activities are available near Elwha River.
 Whitewater Near Elwha River:
Elwha River, Clallam County, 1 miles away
      Class II - 4.9 miles long (Aldwell Reservoir to river mouth)
Elwha River, Clallam County, 6 miles away
      Class II-III(IV) - 4.5 miles long (Mills Reservoir to Highway 101)
Elwha River, Clallam County, 11 miles away
      Class V - 8.5 miles long (Grand Canyon)
Lyre River, Clallam County, 18 miles away
      Class IV-V - 3 miles long (to Lyre River Campground)
Quinault River - North Fork, Jefferson County, 21 miles away
      Class V - 3 miles long (Geoduck Creek to Kimta Creek)
Sol Duc River - North Fork, Clallam County, 24 miles away
      Class IV - 5.3 miles long (North Fork Trail Bridge to FR 2918 Bridge)
Gray Wolf River, Clallam County, 24 miles away
      Class IV-V - 9.5 miles long (Deer Park to Dungeness Forks Campground)
Quinault River, Jefferson County, 24 miles away
      Class IV-V - 3 miles long (Pony Bridge to Graves Creek)
Sol Duc River, Clallam County, 25 miles away
      Class IV - 3.1 miles long (Salmon Cascade to FR 2918 Bridge)
Sol Duc River - South Fork, Clallam County, 27 miles away
      Class IV+ - 3.2 miles long (FR 2920 Bridge to FR 2918 Bridge)
 Ski Areas Near Elwha River:
Hurricane Ridge Ski Lodge, Washington , 7 miles away, 800 foot drop, 3 lifts, 10 runs
Cypress Mountain, British Columbia , 64 miles away, 2410 foot drop, 9 lifts, 52 runs
Grouse Mountain, British Columbia , 67 miles away, 1260 foot drop, 5 lifts, 26 runs
Mount Seymour, British Columbia , 71 miles away, 1083 foot drop, 5 lifts, 23 runs
 Hotels Near Elwha River:
Olympic Lodge, Port Angeles , 8 miles away
Quality Inn Uptown, Port Angeles , 9 miles away
Sol Duc Hot Springs, Port Angeles , 9 miles away
Red Lion Port Angeles, Port Angeles , 9 miles away
Lord Carlton Country Manor Hou, Port Angeles , 9 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Elwha River:
Elwha Dam RV Park, Port Angeles, 1 miles away
Olympic National Park - Elwha, Port Angeles, 5 miles away
Olympic National Park - Altair, Port Angeles, 6 miles away
 Trails Near Elwha River:
Hurricane Hill Trail, Clallam , 6 miles away, 5.9 hiking miles, 5674 feet elevation difference
Little River Trail, Clallam , 6 miles away, 7.5 hiking miles, 5188 feet elevation difference
Lillian River Trail, Clallam , 8 miles away,  25.4 hiking miles, 4030 feet elevation difference
Long Ridge Trail, Clallam , 9 miles away,  40.2 hiking miles, 5708 feet elevation difference
Happy Lake Ridge Trail, Clallam , 11 miles away,  17.2 hiking miles, 4377 feet elevation difference
Lake Creek Trail, Clallam , 11 miles away,  4.4 hiking miles, 557 feet elevation difference
Boulder Lake Trail, Clallam , 12 miles away,  11.6 hiking miles, 2971 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near Elwha River:
Olympic National Park, Port Angeles - WA , 5 miles away
Olympic National Forest, Washington , 32 miles away
Lime Kiln Point State Park, Washington , 34 miles away
Posey Island State Park, Washington , 36 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Elwha River:
Salt Creek RV Park Golf Course, Port Angeles , 8 miles away
Peninsula Golf Club, Port Angeles , 11 miles away
 Lakes Near Elwha River
Lake Sutherland, Clallam , 10 miles away
Lake Crescent, Clallam , 18 miles away

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