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Washington whitewater, Klickitat River

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


CLASS II     16.2 miles
In the area July 7-14, 2018. Seeking semi -easy kayaking experience. Have 10 ft. Kayaks. Will need to rent a couple also. Class 2 looks right. What do I need to know? Where to go to rent, and then start? Will be headquartered in Lyle, WA. Thx. Says Steve

The nature scenery of Washington and the beautiful way the water current moves down the stream are reasons enough to come here and paddle. The Leidl Campground to Klickitat Springs stretch
    of Klickitat River in Klickitat County is 16.2 miles long and has been determined by American Whitewater to be a class II section. The average whitewater rafting or kayaking river tends to be a bit harder to master in this
state than those in other states, so if you're visiting here do keep in mind that a large number of rivers in this state are not easy. Great exercise and a chance to spend some time outdoors will have you coming back for more. This river system is full of great paddling sections, the Leidl Campground to Klickitat Springs section is just one of them. Since you're on this site you are probably into whitewater rafting or kayaking, either way  
this is an area with plenty of spots for that. The Northern Cascade Range scenery is wonderful. You can pitch a tent or park your RV at a nearby campground. This section is long enough for an overnight trip if you take your time, so go ahead and pack your camp stove. The nearby hotels are a bit away from the river, and if you make reservations in advance you're all set. If you're coming from City of The Dalles it's not a long drive at all to the starting location, as you can see on the road map further down.

Briefly about the general area:
A short visit to Pennington Spring is always worthwhile, and there are plenty of people from Klickitat here.

Klickitat River, Leidl Campground to Klickitat Springs 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, 4 miles away
      Class II - 16.2 miles long (Leidl Campground to Klickitat Springs)
Klickitat River, Klickitat County, 4 miles away
      Class II-III - 10.5 miles long (Klickitat Springs to Fishing Access)
Canyon Creek - Klickitat drainage, -blank- County, 5 miles away
      Class IV-V - 5 miles long (Soda Springs Road to Little Klickitat)
Swale Creek, Klickitat County, 11 miles away
      Class III-IV - 10 miles long (Harris Road to Wahkiacus)
Klickitat River, Klickitat County, 13 miles away
      Class V+ - 1 miles long (Fishing Access on Highway 142 to Columbia River)
Little Klickitat River, Klickitat County, 14 miles away
      Class IV-V - 9.7 miles long (Olsen Road to Klickitat River)
Klickitat River, Klickitat County, 16 miles away
      Class III+ - 21 miles long (Yakama Reservation to Leidl Campground)
Rattlesnake Creek, Klickitat County, 22 miles away
      Class IV(V) - 3 miles long (mile 3 to White Salmon)
White Salmon River, Klickitat County, 25 miles away
      Class IV-V - 5.1 miles long (Warner Road Bridge to Green Truss Bridge)
Whitewater Outfitter - River Drifters, Klickitat County, 26 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
 Ski Areas Near Klickitat River:
White Pass, Washington , 40 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 , 47 miles away, 2777 foot drop, 12 lifts, 87 runs
Timberline Lodge, Oregon , 49 miles away, 3590 foot drop, 6 lifts, 32 runs
Mt. Hood Ski Bowl, Oregon , 53 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 9 lifts, 65 runs
Crystal Mountain, Washington , 55 miles away, 3100 foot drop, 11 lifts, 50 runs
Summit at Snoqualmie, Washington , 75 miles away, 2280 foot drop, 26 lifts, 96 runs
Alpental, Washington , 77 miles away, 2280 foot drop, 5 lifts, 19 runs
Mission Ridge, Washington , 83 miles away, 2250 foot drop, 6 lifts, 36 runs
Stevens Pass, Washington , 87 miles away, 1800 foot drop, 10 lifts, 37 runs
 Hotels Near Klickitat River:
Shilo Inn Suites Hotel The Dalles, The Dalles , 14 miles away
Comfort Inn Columbia Gorge, The Dalles , 15 miles away
Celilo Inn, The Dalles , 15 miles away
Oregon Motor Motel, The Dalles , 15 miles away
Cousins Country Inn, The Dalles , 15 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Klickitat River:
Soda Springs Campground, Klickitat County, 1 miles away
Stinson Flats, Klickitat, 1 miles away
Leidl South, Klickitat, 2 miles away
 Public Lands Near Klickitat River:
Horsethief Lake State Park, Washington , 12 miles away
Mayer State Park, Oregon , 16 miles away
Memaloose State Park, Oregon , 17 miles away

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