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Washington whitewater, Johnson Creek

Lewis county, Glacier Creek to Highway 12 section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS V     7.7 miles
  The natural beauty of Lewis County and the cool fresh water are in themselves reasons enough to come here to paddle. The put-in location is a short drive from Hood River, please print out a copy of the road map further down the page so you won’t get lost. Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking this is an area with plenty of places for that. Whitewater rafting and kayaking in Washington is often more difficult than elsewhere, so
    if you're visiting here do keep in mind that the rivers in this state are less manageable. The nearby hotels are a bit away from the river, but do book a room before you come because it is a very popular destination. The
beautiful Northern Cascade Range scenery is an added bonus. The Glacier Creek to Highway 12 section is one of a few paddling sections in this river system. The Glacier Creek to Highway 12 section of Johnson Creek in Washington is 7.7 miles long and has been determined by American Whitewater to be a class V section. On this section you do get some distance, it's good length for a morning trip. Getting some good exercise and just being out on the  
river for a while will have you coming back for more. There's camping available near Johnson Creek.

Briefly about the general area:
Good hiking is available along the South Point Trail, and there are plenty of people from Packwood here at Johnson Creek. This place, the Northern Cascade Range, has so much outdoors entertaining things. You have to beyond doubt pop by South Point if you're here at Johnson Creek. There's pleasant hiking along the Glacier Lake Trail, and the beauty of mother nature reveals herself at Jennings Falls. All the water falling down from the sky makes Johnson Creek a wet location.

Johnson Creek, Glacier Creek to Highway 12 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 Johnson Creek.
 Whitewater Near Johnson Creek:
Johnson Creek, Lewis County, 3 miles away
      Class V - 7.7 miles long (Glacier Creek to Highway 12)
Cispus River - North Fork, Lewis County, 6 miles away
      Class IV-V - 2.7 miles long (FR 22 Bridge to North Fork Campground)
Cowlitz River, Lewis County, 6 miles away
      Class II - 7.6 miles long (La Wis Wis Campground to Packwood)
Butter Creek, Lewis County, 7 miles away
      Class III - 2.5 miles long (along FR 5270)
Skate Creek, Lewis County, 9 miles away
      Class III+ - 3.1 miles long (Johnson Creek to Craig Road)
Cowlitz River - Muddy Fork, Lewis County, 10 miles away
      Class V - 5 miles long (to Cowlitz River)
Cispus River, Lewis County, 10 miles away
      Class III+(IV) - 9.5 miles long (FR 23 Bridge to FR 28 Bridge)
Cispus River, Lewis County, 10 miles away
      Class V+ - 5.9 miles long (Adams Fork to FR 23 Bridge)
Ohanepecosh River, Lewis County, 11 miles away
      Class V - 4.7 miles long (Ohanepecosh Campground to La Wis Wis Campground)
Cispus River, Lewis County, 11 miles away
      Class V - 4 miles long (Goat Creek to FR 2160)
 Ski Areas Near Johnson Creek:
White Pass, Washington , 19 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 6 lifts, 32 runs
Crystal Mountain, Washington , 22 miles away, 3100 foot drop, 11 lifts, 50 runs
Summit at Snoqualmie, Washington , 44 miles away, 2280 foot drop, 26 lifts, 96 runs
Alpental, Washington , 45 miles away, 2280 foot drop, 5 lifts, 19 runs
Cooper Spur, Oregon , 54 miles away, 500 foot drop, 2 lifts, 10 runs
Mt. Hood Meadows, Oregon , 58 miles away, 2777 foot drop, 12 lifts, 87 runs
Timberline Lodge, Oregon , 58 miles away, 3590 foot drop, 6 lifts, 32 runs
Stevens Pass, Washington , 60 miles away, 1800 foot drop, 10 lifts, 37 runs
Mt. Hood Ski Bowl, Oregon , 60 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 9 lifts, 65 runs
Mission Ridge, Washington , 94 miles away, 2250 foot drop, 6 lifts, 36 runs
 Hotels Near Johnson Creek:
Skamania Lodge, Stevenson , 31 miles away
GuestHouse Inn Enumclaw, Lincoln , 38 miles away
Econo Lodge Buckley, Buckley , 39 miles away
Carson Hot Springs Resort, Carson River Valley , 39 miles away
Columbia Cliff Villas, Hood River , 41 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Johnson Creek:
Packwood RV Park and Campground, Packwood, 2 miles away
Johnson Creek Sno-Park, Packwood, 5 miles away
Skate Creek Sno-Park, Packwood, 5 miles away
 Trails Near Johnson Creek:
South Point Trail, Lewis , 1 miles away,  6.4 hiking miles, 3402 feet elevation difference
Glacier Lake Trail, Lewis , 4 miles away,  3.2 hiking miles, 974 feet elevation difference
Dry Creek Trail, Lewis , 4 miles away, 6.4 hiking miles, 5447 feet elevation difference
Five Thousand Thirty Trail, Lewis , 5 miles away, 4.2 hiking miles, 897 feet elevation difference
Packwood Lake Trail, Lewis , 5 miles away,  11.4 hiking miles, 384 feet elevation difference
Tatoosh Trail, Lewis , 6 miles away,  16.4 hiking miles, 5829 feet elevation difference
Klickitat Trail, Lewis , 7 miles away,  4.2 hiking miles, 1263 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near Johnson Creek:
Mount Rainier National Park, Ashford - WA , 24 miles away
Gifford Pinchot National Forest, Washington , 17 miles away
Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, Washington , 26 miles away
Federation Forest State Park, Washington , 29 miles away
 Lakes Near Johnson Creek
Saint Jacobs Lake, Lewis , 11 miles away
Lone Tree Lake, Lewis , 13 miles away

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