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Washington whitewater, Matheny Creek

Jefferson county, FR 21 Bridge to Q-1800 Bridge section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS III-IV     4.2 miles
  The FR 21 Bridge to Q-1800 Bridge stretch of Matheny Creek is 4.2 miles long and is rated by American Whitewater as a class III-IV section. The beautiful scenery of Washington and the playfulness of the water attract people from near and far. This is one of a small number of paddling stretches in this river system, there are a few others too. The average Washington whitewater rafting or kayaking river tends to be a bit harder to master than
    those in other states, so you'd better keep in mind that quite a few of the sections here are not easy. Getting your paddling muscles activated and just hanging out with mother nature will make you glad you came. 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. You might be into whitewater rafting or kayaking or both, doesn't matter, this is an area with plenty of places for that. The put-in location is a short drive from Port Angeles, as you can see on the road map further down. The Olympic Mountains scenery is wonderful. You can pitch a tent or park your RV at a nearby campground.  
This section is long enough to enjoy a good non stop paddle, it's good length for a morning trip.

Briefly about the general area:
Matheny Creek is not far at all from Amanda Park; hiking is a popular thing to do around Matheny Creek; Bogachiel-Hoh Trail is a good local trail. Now, you may believe that's a lot but there's even more cool things to do here in the Olympic Mountains. The warmest time of the year brings highs in the 70's to Matheny Creek. Throughout the moonlight hours it's mostly in the 40's. High temperatures during the wintertime are normally in the 40's with winter lows in the 30's overnight here at Matheny Creek.

Matheny Creek, FR 21 Bridge to Q-1800 Bridge 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 Matheny Creek.
 Whitewater Near Matheny Creek:
Matheny Creek, Jefferson County, 1 miles away
      Class III-IV - 4.2 miles long (FR 21 Bridge to Q-1800 Bridge)
Salmon River, Jefferson/Grays Harbor County, 2 miles away
      Class II(IV) - 8.2 miles long (West Boundary Road Bridge to Q-100 Bridge)
Queets River, Jefferson County, 3 miles away
      Class II - 9.3 miles long (Queets Campground to Hartzell Launch)
Stequaleho River, Jefferson County, 5 miles away
      Class II-III(V+) - 4 miles long (C-1066 Road to Clearwater Campground)
Solleks River, Jefferson County, 6 miles away
      Class III-IV - 6 miles long (Sollecks Bridge to Clearwater Campground)
Clearwater River, Jefferson County, 7 miles away
      Class II - 10.5 miles long (Clearwater Campground to 144 Gross Bridge)
Clearwater River, Jefferson County, 8 miles away
      Class III-IV - 9.5 miles long (Upper Clearwater Road access to Clearwater Campground)
Snahapish River, Jefferson County, 9 miles away
      Class II+(IV) - 3.5 miles long (C-2700 Bridge to Clearwater River)
Matheny Creek, Jefferson County, 11 miles away
      Class IV+ - 9 miles long (North Fork to FR 21 Bridge)
Sam's River, Jefferson County, 12 miles away
      Class IV-V - 8 miles long (500 Bridge to Queets Campground)
 Ski Areas Near Matheny Creek:
Hurricane Ridge Ski Lodge, Washington , 41 miles away, 800 foot drop, 3 lifts, 10 runs
 Hotels Near Matheny Creek:
Lake Quinault Lodge, Quinault , 15 miles away
Rain Forest Resort Village, Quinault , 16 miles away
Kalaloch Lodge, Forks , 22 miles away
Quinault Beach Resort And Casino, Ocean Shores , 26 miles away
Days Inn - Ocean Shores, Ocean Shores , 27 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Matheny Creek:
Olympic National Park - Queets, Amanda Park, 3 miles away
Queets Campground, Jefferson County, 4 miles away
Yahoo Lake Campground, Jefferson County, 6 miles away
 Trails Near Matheny Creek:
Bogachiel-Hoh Trail, Jefferson , 13 miles away,  20.8 hiking miles, 3229 feet elevation difference
Bogachiel Trail, Clallam , 17 miles away, 27 hiking miles, 4321 feet elevation difference
Pass Trail, Clallam , 18 miles away,  11.8 hiking miles, 1206 feet elevation difference
Rugged Ridge Trail, Clallam , 19 miles away,  4.6 hiking miles, 407 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near Matheny Creek:
Olympic National Park, Port Angeles - WA , 43 miles away
Fort Clatsop National Memorial, Astoria - OR , 67 miles away
Pacific Beach State Park, Washington , 20 miles away
Griffiths-Priday State Park, Washington , 22 miles away
Ocean City State Park, Washington , 26 miles away
 Lakes Near Matheny Creek
Lake Quinault, Grays Harbor , 13 miles away
Lilly Lake, Jefferson , 20 miles away

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