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Washington whitewater, Ohanepecosh River

Lewis county, Ohanepecosh Campground to La Wis Wis Campground section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS V     4.7 miles
  If you're coming from Hood River it's not a long drive at all to the put-in location, please print out a copy of the road map further down the page so you won’t get lost. The average Washington whitewater rafting or kayaking river tends to be a bit harder to master than those in other states, so don't forget that a lot of the rivers here are not suitable for beginners. The Ohanepecosh Campground to La Wis Wis Campground section of Ohanepecosh
    River is 4.7 miles long and has been rated as a class V section by American Whitewater. The Northern Cascade Range scenery is wonderful. And of course, there are campgrounds nearby. The nature scenery of Lewis County and
the cool fresh water will make you feel great. This is one of a small number of paddling sections in this river system, there are a few others too. You might have to settle for a hotel a bit away from the river if you want to stay the night, but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick. Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking this area has a large number of paddling rivers. A good workout and spending some quality  
time in nature will make you glad you came. This is a pretty decent length section, suitable for an afternoon trip.

Briefly about the general area:
Ohanapecosh Hot Springs is a pretty spot to stop at while you're at Ohanepecosh River. A wonderful place to explore close to Ohanepecosh River is Ayance Canyon, and a short visit to Grant Purcell Falls is always worthwhile. Coming to this river is always a good idea. Hit the slopes at Crystal Mountain in the neighborhood; the Backbone Ridge Trail is a perfect hiking trail nearby. Here at Ohanepecosh River you'll almost certainly meet some folks from Packwood, and close by you locate the Three Peaks Trail which is a delightful hiking trail.

Ohanepecosh River, Ohanepecosh Campground to La Wis Wis Campground road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.


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These outdoors activities are available near Ohanepecosh River.
 Whitewater Near Ohanepecosh River:
Ohanepecosh River, Lewis County, 2 miles away
      Class V - 4.7 miles long (Ohanepecosh Campground to La Wis Wis Campground)
Cowlitz River, Lewis County, 3 miles away
      Class II - 7.6 miles long (La Wis Wis Campground to Packwood)
Cowlitz River - Muddy Fork, Lewis County, 4 miles away
      Class V - 5 miles long (to Cowlitz River)
Cowlitz River - Clear Fork, Lewis County, 5 miles away
      Class V+ - 5 miles long (Lava Creek to La Wis Wis Campground)
Chinook Creek, Pierce County, 7 miles away
      Class IV-V - 5 miles long (Deer Creek to Cedar Flats)
Summit Creek, Lewis County, 7 miles away
      Class V+ - 5 miles long (Soda Springs to Highway 123)
Johnson Creek, Lewis County, 9 miles away
      Class V - 7.7 miles long (Glacier Creek to Highway 12)
Butter Creek, Lewis County, 9 miles away
      Class III - 2.5 miles long (along FR 5270)
Cispus River, Lewis County, 13 miles away
      Class V - 4 miles long (Goat Creek to FR 2160)
Skate Creek, Lewis County, 13 miles away
      Class III+ - 3.1 miles long (Johnson Creek to Craig Road)
 Ski Areas Near Ohanepecosh River:
Crystal Mountain, Washington , 13 miles away, 3100 foot drop, 11 lifts, 50 runs
White Pass, Washington , 13 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 6 lifts, 32 runs
Summit at Snoqualmie, Washington , 35 miles away, 2280 foot drop, 26 lifts, 96 runs
Alpental, Washington , 36 miles away, 2280 foot drop, 5 lifts, 19 runs
Stevens Pass, Washington , 51 miles away, 1800 foot drop, 10 lifts, 37 runs
Cooper Spur, Oregon , 61 miles away, 500 foot drop, 2 lifts, 10 runs
Mt. Hood Meadows, Oregon , 65 miles away, 2777 foot drop, 12 lifts, 87 runs
Timberline Lodge, Oregon , 66 miles away, 3590 foot drop, 6 lifts, 32 runs
Mt. Hood Ski Bowl, Oregon , 68 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 9 lifts, 65 runs
Mission Ridge, Washington , 86 miles away, 2250 foot drop, 6 lifts, 36 runs
 Hotels Near Ohanepecosh River:
GuestHouse Inn Enumclaw, Lincoln , 37 miles away
Econo Lodge Buckley, Buckley , 38 miles away
Skamania Lodge, Stevenson , 40 miles away
Salish Lodge Spa, Snoqualmie , 44 miles away
Lindas By The Lake, Maple Valley , 46 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Ohanepecosh River:
Ohanapecosh Campground, Lewis County, 1 miles away
Hatchery RV Campground, Lewis County, 1 miles away
Mt Rainier National Park - Ohanapecosh Camp Ground, Packwood, 1 miles away
 Trails Near Ohanepecosh River:
Backbone Ridge Trail, Lewis , 2 miles away, 2.4 hiking miles, 1833 feet elevation difference
Three Peaks Trail, Lewis , 5 miles away,  7.6 hiking miles, 1240 feet elevation difference
Packwood Lake Trail, Lewis , 5 miles away,  11.4 hiking miles, 384 feet elevation difference
Sheep Lake Trail, Lewis , 6 miles away,  13.6 hiking miles, 3905 feet elevation difference
Boundary Trail, Lewis , 6 miles away,  15.8 hiking miles, 2508 feet elevation difference
Tatoosh Trail, Lewis , 6 miles away,  16.4 hiking miles, 5829 feet elevation difference
Five Thousand Thirty Trail, Lewis , 6 miles away, 4.2 hiking miles, 897 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near Ohanepecosh River:
Mount Rainier National Park, Ashford - WA , 28 miles away
Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, Washington , 18 miles away
Federation Forest State Park, Washington , 23 miles away
Gifford Pinchot National Forest, Washington , 26 miles away
 Lakes Near Ohanepecosh River
Saint Jacobs Lake, Lewis , 3 miles away
Granite Lake, Yakima , 17 miles away

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