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Washington whitewater, Goble Creek

Cowlitz county, North Fork and Main Fork section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS III     2.4 miles
Was up there yesterday (2/21/2013) doing some pre-run scouting and found no spots with enough water to even list as a route. Don't bother wasting your time. Says Rod Joslen

This stretch of Goble Creek in Cowlitz County is 2.4 miles long and is according to American Whitewater a class III section of whitewater. The nature scenery of Washington and the sparkling of the sunlight on the water beats anything. Some people prefer whitewater
    rafting and some kayaking, either way there are lots of good spots for that around here. This is one of a small number of paddling stretches in this river system, there are a few others too. Getting some good exercise and
just being out on the river for a while have people coming from far and near. If you've been whitewater rafting and kayaking outside Washington you might find the rivers here a bit more challenging, so if you're visiting here do keep in mind that a lot of the rivers here are not suitable for beginners. The put-in location is a reasonable drive from Longview-Kelso, as you can see on the road map further down. You might have to settle for  
a hotel a bit away from the river if you want to stay the night, but if you donít have reservations you might end up sleeping in your car. This is a somewhat short section so you'd better be prepared to walk your kayak back to put-in a few times. And of course, there are campgrounds nearby.

Briefly about the general area:
Hit the beach if you want, Cottonwood Beach is practically right here. Hiking is a popular thing to do around Goble Creek; Georges Peak Trail is a magnificent local trail. On a glorious day it's a magnificent idea to spend the day at Goble Beach, and lots of people from Longview-Kelso come here.

Goble Creek, North Fork and Main Fork 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 Goble Creek.
 Whitewater Near Goble Creek:
Goble Creek, Cowlitz County, 2 miles away
      Class III - 2.4 miles long (North Fork and Main Fork)
Kalama River, Cowlitz County, 6 miles away
      Class III-IV - 2.5 miles long (Lower Kalama Falls to Indian Creek)
Toutle River, Cowlitz County, 10 miles away
      Class III+(IV) - 9.5 miles long (Highway 504 Bridge to Tower Road Bridge)
Kalama River, Cowlitz County, 11 miles away
      Class II-IV - 9.5 miles long (Gobar Creek to Lower Kalama Falls)
Coweeman River, Cowlitz County, 13 miles away
      Class II-III(IV) - 11.3 miles long (Brown Creek to Jim Watson Creek)
Toutle River - North Fork, Cowlitz County, 17 miles away
      Class II+ - 10 miles long (Green River to South Fork confluence)
Coal Creek, Cowlitz County, 19 miles away
      Class III+(IV) - 4.5 miles long (East Fork to Harmony Dr.)
Olequa Creek, Lewis County, 20 miles away
      Class II+ - 6.5 miles long (Annonen Road to Cowlitz River)
Cowlitz River, Lewis County, 21 miles away
      Class I-II - 10 miles long (salmon hatchery to Blue Creek access)
Lewis River - East Fork, Clark County, 22 miles away
      Class II - 3 miles long (Lewisville Park to Daybreak Park)
 Ski Areas Near Goble Creek:
Mt. Hood Ski Bowl, Oregon , 80 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 9 lifts, 65 runs
Timberline Lodge, Oregon , 82 miles away, 3590 foot drop, 6 lifts, 32 runs
Mt. Hood Meadows, Oregon , 85 miles away, 2777 foot drop, 12 lifts, 87 runs
Cooper Spur, Oregon , 87 miles away, 500 foot drop, 2 lifts, 10 runs
Crystal Mountain, Washington , 97 miles away, 3100 foot drop, 11 lifts, 50 runs
White Pass, Washington , 98 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 6 lifts, 32 runs
 Marinas Near Goble Creek:
Mc Cuddy's Marina, Ridgefield , 15 miles away
Scappoose Bay Marina, Warren , 15 miles away
Coon Island Marina, Scappoose , 18 miles away
Channel Moorage, Scappoose , 20 miles away
 Beaches Near Goble Creek:
Goble Beach, Columbia , 9 miles away
Cottonwood Beach, Columbia , 10 miles away
Red Mill Beach, Columbia , 11 miles away
Lyons Beach, Columbia , 14 miles away
Dibblees Beach, Columbia , 15 miles away
 Hotels Near Goble Creek:
Super 8 Kelso Longview Area, Kelso , 9 miles away
Red Lion Kelso, Kelso , 9 miles away
Comfort Inn Kelso - Longview, Kelso , 9 miles away
GuestHouse Inn & Suites Kelso, Kelso , 9 miles away
Econo Lodge Kelso, Kelso , 10 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Goble Creek:
Mahaffey's Campground, Kalama, 5 miles away
Rainbow Campground, Kalama, 6 miles away
Camp Kalama RV Park, Kalama, 8 miles away
 Trails Near Goble Creek:
Georges Peak Trail, Cowlitz , 13 miles away, 5.6 hiking miles, 1673 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near Goble Creek:
Mount Rainier National Park, Ashford - WA , 62 miles away
Seaquest State Park, Washington , 9 miles away
Battle Ground Lake State Park, Washington , 24 miles away
Ike Kinswa State Park, Washington , 28 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Goble Creek:
Lewis River Golf, Woodland , 9 miles away
Three Rivers Golf Course, Kelso , 10 miles away
Lewis River Golf Course, Woodland , 11 miles away
 Lakes Near Goble Creek
Sturgeon Lake, Columbia , 19 miles away

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