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Washington whitewater, Grays River

Wahkiakum county, South Fork Grays to Highway 4 section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS IV+     5.2 miles
  The beautiful scenery of Washington and the playfulness of the water will make you feel great. This section of Grays River is 5.2 miles long and is according to American Whitewater a class IV+ section of whitewater. The starting point is not too far from Astoria, as you can see on the road map further down. This is one of a small number of paddling sections in this river system, there are a few others too. The Olympic Mountains scenery
    is wonderful. On this section you do get some distance, it's perfect for a one day trip. The sections for whitewater rafting and kayaking here in Washington are often more challenging than in other states, so if you're visiting
here do keep in mind that rivers here are less forgiving. Great exercise and a chance to spend some time outdoors have people coming from far and near. 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. Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking there are lots of good rivers for that around here. And of course, there are campgrounds nearby.

Briefly about
the general area:
While you're here at Grays River you will meet lots of folks from close by Grays River; nothing beats kicking back at Westport Beach. So many exciting things in the Olympic Mountains, just impressive. The warmest time of the year brings highs in the 60's to Grays River, and during the night it cools down to the 50's. The cold days of the wintertime come with highs in the 40's, and after the sun is down throughout the wintertime temperatures at Grays River descend into the 30's. Grays River sees pretty high levels of rain. For the duration of December this area sees the most rain, and the driest month of the year is July.

Grays River, South Fork Grays to Highway 4 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 Grays River.
 Whitewater Near Grays River:
Grays River, Wahkiakum County, 2 miles away
      Class IV+ - 5.2 miles long (South Fork Grays to Highway 4)
Naselle River - North Fork, Pacific County, 12 miles away
      Class III-IV(V+) - 5 miles long (Quarry to Brock Creek)
Chehalis River - West Fork, Lewis County, 14 miles away
      Class IV - 3 miles long (mile 3 to Chehalis River)
Chehalis River, Lewis County, 16 miles away
      Class III-IV - 11.8 miles long (West Fork to Pe Ell)
Chehalis River, Lewis County, 18 miles away
      Class II - 6 miles long (Pe Ell to Doty)
Chehalis River - East Fork, Lewis County, 18 miles away
      Class III - 3 miles long (mile 3 to Chehalis River)
Elochoman River, Wahkiakum County, 19 miles away
      Class II-III+ - 11 miles long (North Fork to Beaver Creek hatchery)
Chehalis River, Lewis County, 24 miles away
      Class II - 3.2 miles long (Rainbow Falls to Meeskill)
Germany Creek, Cowlitz County, 28 miles away
      Class III+ - 3.3 miles long (Road 1300 to end of county road)
Nehalem River, Clatsop/ Tillamook County, 28 miles away
      Class III - 14.2 miles long (Spruce Run Park to Nehalem Falls)
 Ski Areas Near Grays River:
Hurricane Ridge Ski Lodge, Washington , 76 miles away, 800 foot drop, 3 lifts, 10 runs
 Marinas Near Grays River:
Elochman Slough Marina, Cathlamet , 13 miles away
 Beaches Near Grays River:
Westport Beach, Clatsop , 15 miles away
Jones Beach, Columbia , 19 miles away
 Hotels Near Grays River:
The Villa At Little Cape Horn, Cathlamet , 13 miles away
Hampton Inn - Suites Astoria, Astoria , 21 miles away
Comfort Suites Columbia River, Astoria , 21 miles away
Franklin Street Station BandB, Astoria , 23 miles away
Hotel Elliott, Astoria , 23 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Grays River:
Skamokawa Vista City Park, Skamokawa, 7 miles away
Tunerville, Grays River, 7 miles away
Lewis-pacific Swiss Society, Lebam, 9 miles away
 Public Lands Near Grays River:
Fort Clatsop National Memorial, Astoria - OR , 23 miles away
Saddle Mountain State Park, Oregon , 21 miles away
Rainbow Falls State Park, Washington , 23 miles away
Fort Columbia State Park, Washington , 28 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Grays River:
Skyline Golf Course, Cathlamet , 15 miles away
Willapa Harbor Golf Course, Raymond , 20 miles away
 Lakes Near Grays River
Fishhawk Lake, Clatsop , 20 miles away

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