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Washington whitewater, Klickitat River

Klickitat county, Yakama Reservation to Leidl Campground section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS III+     21 miles
  Whitewater rafting and kayaking in this state is often more difficult than elsewhere, so better not forget that many of the sections here are not safe for beginners. The beautiful scenery of Washington and the sparkling of the sunlight on the water have people coming here. There are plenty of other sections in this river system that can be paddled as well. The starting point is not too far from City of The Dalles, if you're not familiar
    with the area there's a road map further down the page. The campgrounds here at Klickitat River are pretty good. A good workout and just hanging out with mother nature will make you glad you came. The river winds through
the Northern Cascade Range and you get great scenery. 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. You might be into whitewater rafting or kayaking or both, doesn't matter, there are lots of good places for that around here. The Yakama Reservation to Leidl Campground stretch of Klickitat River in Washington is 21 miles long and it is classified  
as a class III+ section by American Whitewater. You can enjoy this stretch more if you take your time, so go ahead and pack your sleeping bag.

Briefly about the general area:
Rock Springs is always fun to check out, and you'll probably meet some people from Glenwood here. There's no way someone can get bored here in the Northern Cascade Range. Put some time aside to spend at Indian Ford Springs if you're here at Klickitat River. Klickitat River gets a lot of water. Of all the months in a year December is the one with the most snow, and the driest month of the year is July. High temperatures at Klickitat River during the days of summer are in the 80's with overnight lows in the 40's.

Klickitat River, Yakama Reservation to Leidl Campground 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 Klickitat River.
 Whitewater Near Klickitat River:
Klickitat River, Klickitat County, 6 miles away
      Class II - 16.2 miles long (Leidl Campground to Klickitat Springs)
Klickitat River, Klickitat County, 7 miles away
      Class III+ - 21 miles long (Yakama Reservation to Leidl Campground)
Klickitat River, Klickitat County, 12 miles away
      Class II-III - 10.5 miles long (Klickitat Springs to Fishing Access)
Canyon Creek - Klickitat drainage, -blank- County, 12 miles away
      Class IV-V - 5 miles long (Soda Springs Road to Little Klickitat)
Klickitat River, Klickitat County, 16 miles away
      Class V+ - 1 miles long (Fishing Access on Highway 142 to Columbia River)
Rattlesnake Creek, Klickitat County, 18 miles away
      Class IV(V) - 3 miles long (mile 3 to White Salmon)
Swale Creek, Klickitat County, 19 miles away
      Class III-IV - 10 miles long (Harris Road to Wahkiacus)
White Salmon River, Klickitat County, 19 miles away
      Class IV-V - 5.1 miles long (Warner Road Bridge to Green Truss Bridge)
White Salmon River, Klickitat County, 21 miles away
      Class V - 4.9 miles long (Green Truss Bridge to BZ Corners)
Little Klickitat River, Klickitat County, 22 miles away
      Class IV-V - 9.7 miles long (Olsen Road to Klickitat River)
 Ski Areas Near Klickitat River:
White Pass, Washington , 32 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 6 lifts, 32 runs
Cooper Spur, Oregon , 41 miles away, 500 foot drop, 2 lifts, 10 runs
Mt. Hood Meadows, Oregon , 46 miles away, 2777 foot drop, 12 lifts, 87 runs
Crystal Mountain, Washington , 47 miles away, 3100 foot drop, 11 lifts, 50 runs
Timberline Lodge, Oregon , 49 miles away, 3590 foot drop, 6 lifts, 32 runs
Mt. Hood Ski Bowl, Oregon , 52 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 9 lifts, 65 runs
Summit at Snoqualmie, Washington , 68 miles away, 2280 foot drop, 26 lifts, 96 runs
Alpental, Washington , 70 miles away, 2280 foot drop, 5 lifts, 19 runs
Stevens Pass, Washington , 80 miles away, 1800 foot drop, 10 lifts, 37 runs
Mission Ridge, Washington , 82 miles away, 2250 foot drop, 6 lifts, 36 runs
 Hotels Near Klickitat River:
Cousins Country Inn, The Dalles , 20 miles away
Fairfield Inn & Suites The Dalles, The Dalles , 20 miles away
Super 8 The Dalles OR, The Dalles , 20 miles away
Oregon Motor Motel, The Dalles , 21 miles away
Comfort Inn Columbia Gorge, The Dalles , 21 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Klickitat River:
Outlet Creek Campground, Klickitat County, 1 miles away
Blue Jay Campground, Yakima County, 7 miles away
Leidl South, Klickitat, 7 miles away
 Public Lands Near Klickitat River:
Mount Rainier National Park, Ashford - WA , 63 miles away
Memaloose State Park, Oregon , 17 miles away
Mayer State Park, Oregon , 18 miles away
Horsethief Lake State Park, Washington , 19 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Klickitat River:
Dalles Country Club, The Dalles , 18 miles away
 Lakes Near Klickitat River
Bench Lake, Yakima , 15 miles away

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