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Washington whitewater, Jefferson Creek

Mason county, Elk Lake to Hamma Hamma section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS V     2.1 miles
  Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in Washington tend to be more challenging than the national average, so you'd better keep in mind that lots of rivers here are not for beginners. The scenic beauty of Washington and the playfulness of the water have people coming here. A bit of exercise and a chance to spend some time outdoors are great reasons to come. The campgrounds here at Jefferson Creek are pretty good. 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. This river system has a few good paddling stretches and the Elk Lake to Hamma Hamma
section is one of them. Since you're on this site you are probably into whitewater rafting or kayaking, either way around here you'll find a large number of good rivers. The starting point is not too far from Shelton, as you can see on the road map further down. This stretch of Jefferson Creek in Mason County is 2.1 miles long and is a class V section of whitewater according to American Whitewater. Whitewater paddling here in the Olympic  
Mountains is a great experience. This section is quite short so it's not like you're gonna spend hours on the river in one stretch.

Briefly about the general area:
A wooded vicinity near Jefferson Creek is Hood Canal Ranger District; a spree to Lake Cushman State Park is a glorious idea. If you fancy the outdoors you'll fancy it here in the Olympic Mountains. Jefferson Creek is a location with many visitors from Lilliwaup, and you can go for a hike on the Mount Jupiter Trail. This river has it all. A visit to Potlatch State Park when you're here at Jefferson Creek is never a bad idea.

Jefferson Creek, Elk Lake to Hamma Hamma 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 Jefferson Creek.
 Whitewater Near Jefferson Creek:
Hamma Hamma River, Mason County, 1 miles away
      Class III-IV - 5 miles long (Hamma Hamma Campground to gorge)
Jefferson Creek, Mason County, 1 miles away
      Class V - 2.1 miles long (Elk Lake to Hamma Hamma)
Hamma Hamma River, Mason County, 7 miles away
      Class V+ - 3.5 miles long (Boulder Creek to Hamma Hamma Campground)
Duckabush River, Jefferson County, 7 miles away
      Class IV - 6.2 miles long (2515 Bridge to Highway 101)
Dosewallips River, Jefferson County, 8 miles away
      Class III-IV+ - 5.2 miles long (Elkhorn Campground to Six Mile Bridge)
Dosewallips River, Jefferson County, 8 miles away
      Class V+ - 3 miles long (Dosewallips Falls to Elkhorn Campground)
Dosewallips River, Jefferson County, 11 miles away
      Class II-III - 6.5 miles long (Six Mile Bridge to Dosewallips State Park)
Big Quilcene River, Jefferson County, 15 miles away
      Class V+ - 2 miles long (Tunnel Creek to Rainbow Campground)
Skokomish River - North Fork, Mason County, 15 miles away
      Class II-III - 1.5 miles long (Staircase to Lake Cushman)
Skokomish River - South Fork, Mason County, 15 miles away
      Class IV-V - 11 miles long (Browns Creek to Vance Creek)
 Ski Areas Near Jefferson Creek:
Hurricane Ridge Ski Lodge, Washington , 33 miles away, 800 foot drop, 3 lifts, 10 runs
Grouse Mountain, British Columbia , 84 miles away, 1260 foot drop, 5 lifts, 26 runs
Mount Seymour, British Columbia , 84 miles away, 1083 foot drop, 5 lifts, 23 runs
Cypress Mountain, British Columbia , 85 miles away, 2410 foot drop, 9 lifts, 52 runs
 Marinas Near Jefferson Creek:
Pleasant Harbor Marina, Brinnon , 14 miles away
Home Port Marina, Brinnon , 15 miles away
 Beaches Near Jefferson Creek:
Maple Beach, Kitsap , 19 miles away
Scenic Beach, Kitsap , 19 miles away
Miami Beach, Kitsap , 20 miles away
 Hotels Near Jefferson Creek:
Super 8 Shelton, Shelton , 16 miles away
Little Creek Casino Resort, Shelton , 21 miles away
Holiday Inn Express & Suites SEQUIM, Sequim , 23 miles away
Quality Inn & Suites At Olympic National Park, Sequim , 23 miles away
Red Lion Inn & Suites Sequim, Sequim , 23 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Jefferson Creek:
Hamma Hamma, Lilliwaup, 1 miles away
Lena Creek Campground, Mason County, 2 miles away
Lena Lake Campground, Jefferson County, 3 miles away
 Trails Near Jefferson Creek:
Mount Jupiter Trail, Jefferson , 10 miles away,  12 hiking miles, 3830 feet elevation difference
Royal Creek Trail, Kittitas , 15 miles away,  29 hiking miles, 5153 feet elevation difference
Tubal Cain Mine Trail, Jefferson , 16 miles away, 12 hiking miles, 5265 feet elevation difference
Baldy Trail, Clallam , 18 miles away, 13.5 hiking miles, 5411 feet elevation difference
Deadfall Trail, Clallam , 18 miles away,  1.6 hiking miles, 1380 feet elevation difference
Mount Zion Trail, Clallam , 18 miles away,  7.8 hiking miles, 2262 feet elevation difference
Bear Mountain Trail, Clallam , 19 miles away, 2.5 hiking miles, 1626 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near Jefferson Creek:
Olympic National Park, Port Angeles - WA , 34 miles away
Lake Cushman State Park, Washington , 8 miles away
Potlatch State Park, Washington , 11 miles away
Twanoh State Park, Washington , 14 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Jefferson Creek:
Lake Cushman Golf Course, Hoodsport , 9 miles away
Lake Limerick Country Club, Shelton , 15 miles away
Bayshore Golf Club, Shelton , 16 miles away
 Lakes Near Jefferson Creek
Upper Elk Lake, Mason , 1 miles away
Tenas Lake, Mason , 4 miles away
Lake Standstill, Mason , 10 miles away

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