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Washington whitewater, Kalama River

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


CLASS III-IV     2.5 miles
  The nature scenery of Cowlitz County and the playfulness of the water will make you feel great. The starting location is a short drive from Longview-Kelso, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that. This section of Kalama River in Washington is 2.5 miles long and has been rated as a class III-IV section by American Whitewater. Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in this state tend to be more challenging than the national
    average, so don't forget that quite a few of the sections here are not easy. There arenít any hotels right nearby but if you're willing to drive a short distance then no problem but do book a room before you come because
it is a very popular destination. The Lower Kalama Falls to Indian Creek section is one of many paddling sections in this river system. For all you camping people there are campgrounds nearby. Getting your paddling muscles activated and spending some quality time in nature are great attractions for lots of people. This is a somewhat short section so you'd better be prepared to walk your kayak back to put-in a few times. Whether you're whitewater  
rafting or kayaking around here you'll find a large number of good places.

Briefly about the general area:
This is a popular place for folks from Kalama, and on a beautiful day you can go to Lyons Beach. Take a hike on the Georges Peak Trail, and time spent at Goble Beach is always splendid. At this river you will always have a good time. A trip to Lower Kalama River Falls will fill your soul with great feelings; when you're here it's always fun to take a look at Seaquest State Park. Summertime highs at Kalama River mostly tend to be in the 70's. All through the moonlight hours it's mostly in the 50's.

Kalama River, Lower Kalama Falls to Indian Creek 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, 1 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, 9 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, Cowlitz County, 15 miles away
      Class III+(IV) - 9.5 miles long (Highway 504 Bridge to Tower Road Bridge)
Lewis River - East Fork, Clark County, 18 miles away
      Class II - 3 miles long (Lewisville Park to Daybreak Park)
Toutle River - North Fork, Cowlitz County, 20 miles away
      Class II+ - 10 miles long (Green River to South Fork confluence)
Cedar Creek, Clark County, 21 miles away
      Class II-III(IV) - 10.3 miles long (Amboy to North Fork Lewis)
Coal Creek, Cowlitz County, 22 miles away
      Class III+(IV) - 4.5 miles long (East Fork to Harmony Dr.)
Olequa Creek, Lewis County, 24 miles away
      Class II+ - 6.5 miles long (Annonen Road to Cowlitz River)
 Ski Areas Near Kalama River:
Mt. Hood Ski Bowl, Oregon , 77 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 9 lifts, 65 runs
Timberline Lodge, Oregon , 79 miles away, 3590 foot drop, 6 lifts, 32 runs
Mt. Hood Meadows, Oregon , 82 miles away, 2777 foot drop, 12 lifts, 87 runs
Cooper Spur, Oregon , 84 miles away, 500 foot drop, 2 lifts, 10 runs
Crystal Mountain, Washington , 98 miles away, 3100 foot drop, 11 lifts, 50 runs
White Pass, Washington , 98 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 6 lifts, 32 runs
Hoodoo, Oregon , 99 miles away, 1035 foot drop, 6 lifts, 30 runs
 Marinas Near Kalama River:
Mc Cuddy's Marina, Ridgefield , 10 miles away
Scappoose Bay Marina, Warren , 11 miles away
Coon Island Marina, Scappoose , 14 miles away
Channel Moorage, Scappoose , 16 miles away
Brown's Landing, Scappoose , 16 miles away
 Beaches Near Kalama River:
Goble Beach, Columbia , 9 miles away
Lyons Beach, Columbia , 10 miles away
Cottonwood Beach, Columbia , 11 miles away
Red Mill Beach, Columbia , 12 miles away
Dibblees Beach, Columbia , 17 miles away
 Hotels Near Kalama River:
Rodeway Inn Woodland, Woodland , 6 miles away
Best Western Woodland Inn, Woodland , 6 miles away
Quality Inn & Suites Woodland, Woodland , 6 miles away
Americas Best Value Inn, Saint Helens , 10 miles away
Best Western Oak Meadows Inn, Saint Helens , 10 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Kalama River:
Mahaffey's Campground, Kalama, 4 miles away
Woodland Shores RV Park, Woodland, 6 miles away
Rainbow Campground, Kalama, 6 miles away
 Trails Near Kalama River:
Georges Peak Trail, Cowlitz , 12 miles away, 5.6 hiking miles, 1673 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near Kalama River:
Mount Rainier National Park, Ashford - WA , 63 miles away
Seaquest State Park, Washington , 14 miles away
Battle Ground Lake State Park, Washington , 21 miles away
Tryon Creek State Park, Oregon , 29 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Kalama River:
Lewis River Golf, Woodland , 5 miles away
Lewis River Golf Course, Woodland , 7 miles away
Tri-Mountain Golf Course, Ridgefield , 10 miles away
 Lakes Near Kalama River
Sturgeon Lake, Columbia , 15 miles away

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