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Cowlitz county, Gobar Creek to Lower Kalama Falls section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS II-IV     9.5 miles
  The scenic beauty of Cowlitz County and the beautiful way the water current moves down the stream beats anything. The Gobar Creek to Lower Kalama Falls section of Kalama River is 9.5 miles long and is rated by American Whitewater as a class II-IV section. There are so many stretches to paddle in this river system, the Gobar Creek to Lower Kalama Falls stretch is just one of many. If you're coming from Longview-Kelso it's not a long drive
    at all to the put-in location, as you can see on the road map further down. Getting a good workout 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, but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick. If you're a camper you can camp at one of the great campgrounds nearby. The wild scenery of the Northern Cascade Range is great. Since you're on this site you are probably into whitewater rafting or kayaking, either way this area has a large number of paddling places. If you've been whitewater rafting and kayaking outside Washington you might  
find the rivers here a bit more challenging, so keep in mind that many runs in this state are not easy. This stretch is mid length, you can easily run it on an afternoon.

Briefly about the general area:
Seaquest State Park is both nice and pretty, and it's in the neighborhood of Kalama River, and Kalama River is right by the Georges Peak Trail. So many entertaining things to do in the Northern Cascade Range, not enough time. You'll meet a lot of people from Longview-Kelso here, and while you're here here do pop by nearby Goble Beach. Lots of fun awaits you along this river.

Kalama River, Gobar Creek to Lower Kalama Falls 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 Kalama River.
 Whitewater Near Kalama River:
Kalama River, Cowlitz County, 3 miles away
      Class III-IV - 2.5 miles long (Lower Kalama Falls to Indian Creek)
Goble Creek, Cowlitz County, 5 miles away
      Class III - 2.4 miles long (North Fork and Main Fork)
Kalama River, Cowlitz County, 5 miles away
      Class II-IV - 9.5 miles long (Gobar Creek to Lower Kalama Falls)
Coweeman River, Cowlitz County, 9 miles away
      Class II-III(IV) - 11.3 miles long (Brown Creek to Jim Watson Creek)
Toutle River, Cowlitz County, 14 miles away
      Class III+(IV) - 9.5 miles long (Highway 504 Bridge to Tower Road Bridge)
Lewis River - East Fork, Clark County, 16 miles away
      Class II - 3 miles long (Lewisville Park to Daybreak Park)
Toutle River - North Fork, Cowlitz County, 18 miles away
      Class II+ - 10 miles long (Green River to South Fork confluence)
Cedar Creek, Clark County, 18 miles away
      Class II-III(IV) - 10.3 miles long (Amboy to North Fork Lewis)
Kalama River, Cowlitz County, 22 miles away
      Class III-IV - 15 miles long (Upper Kalama Falls to Gobar Creek)
Cowlitz River, Lewis County, 23 miles away
      Class I-II - 10 miles long (salmon hatchery to Blue Creek access)
 Ski Areas Near Kalama River:
Mt. Hood Ski Bowl, Oregon , 74 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 9 lifts, 65 runs
Timberline Lodge, Oregon , 76 miles away, 3590 foot drop, 6 lifts, 32 runs
Mt. Hood Meadows, Oregon , 79 miles away, 2777 foot drop, 12 lifts, 87 runs
Cooper Spur, Oregon , 82 miles away, 500 foot drop, 2 lifts, 10 runs
White Pass, Washington , 95 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 6 lifts, 32 runs
Crystal Mountain, Washington , 95 miles away, 3100 foot drop, 11 lifts, 50 runs
Hoodoo, Oregon , 97 miles away, 1035 foot drop, 6 lifts, 30 runs
 Marinas Near Kalama River:
Mc Cuddy's Marina, Ridgefield , 12 miles away
Scappoose Bay Marina, Warren , 14 miles away
Coon Island Marina, Scappoose , 16 miles away
Channel Moorage, Scappoose , 18 miles away
Brown's Landing, Scappoose , 19 miles away
 Beaches Near Kalama River:
Goble Beach, Columbia , 12 miles away
Lyons Beach, Columbia , 12 miles away
Cottonwood Beach, Columbia , 14 miles away
Red Mill Beach, Columbia , 15 miles away
 Hotels Near Kalama River:
Best Western Woodland Inn, Woodland , 7 miles away
Quality Inn & Suites Woodland, Woodland , 7 miles away
Rodeway Inn Woodland, Woodland , 7 miles away
Americas Best Value Inn, Saint Helens , 13 miles away
Best Western Oak Meadows Inn, Saint Helens , 13 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Kalama River:
Lewis River RV Park, Woodland, 5 miles away
Mahaffey's Campground, Kalama, 7 miles away
Woodland Shores RV Park, Woodland, 7 miles away
 Trails Near Kalama River:
Georges Peak Trail, Cowlitz , 8 miles away, 5.6 hiking miles, 1673 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near Kalama River:
Mount Rainier National Park, Ashford - WA , 60 miles away
Seaquest State Park, Washington , 15 miles away
Battle Ground Lake State Park, Washington , 18 miles away
Ike Kinswa State Park, Washington , 29 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Kalama River:
Lewis River Golf, Woodland , 4 miles away
Lewis River Golf Course, Woodland , 6 miles away
Tri-Mountain Golf Course, Ridgefield , 10 miles away
 Lakes Near Kalama River
Sturgeon Lake, Columbia , 17 miles away
Coweeman Lake, Cowlitz , 17 miles away

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