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Washington whitewater, Palouse River

Franklin Whitman county, Palouse Falls State Park to Lyons Ferry State Park section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS II     4 miles
Looks fun, gonna grab a friend a float down it on an inner tube then hike back up the railroad tracks. Says David

If you're coming from Walla Walla it's not a long drive at all to the starting location, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that. The Palouse Falls State Park to Lyons Ferry State Park stretch of Palouse River in Washington is 4 miles long and is according to American Whitewater a class II section
    of whitewater. On this section you do get some distance, good for a one day paddling trip. Some people prefer whitewater rafting and some kayaking, either way around here you won't find a large number of other rivers. Getting
a good workout and a chance to spend some time outdoors have people coming from far and near. The Palouse Falls State Park to Lyons Ferry State Park stretch is one of a few paddling stretches in this river system. The beautiful scenery of Washington and the playfulness of the water are reasons enough to come here and paddle. There arenít any hotels right nearby but if you're willing to drive a short distance then no problem but if you donít have  
reservations you might end up sleeping in your car. Whitewater rafting and kayaking in this state is often more difficult than elsewhere, so if you're not from around here don't forget that many of the rivers here are not very forgiving.

Briefly about the general area:
It's always good to stop by Palouse Falls, and obviously, everyone loves Palouse Falls State Park. Nearby Winn Lake Canyon is a good location to go if you're at Palouse River, and Lyons Ferry State Park is a splendid location. If you come to this river you will have a good time for sure. Don't leave Palouse River without first paying a visit to Falls Spring, and at Palouse River you always meet someone from Washtucna.

Palouse River, Palouse Falls State Park to Lyons Ferry State Park road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.


Detailed Map

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These outdoors activities are available near Palouse River.
 Whitewater Near Palouse River:
Palouse River, Franklin/Whitman County, 2 miles away
      Class II - 4 miles long (Palouse Falls State Park to Lyons Ferry State Park)
Palouse River, Whitman/Adams/Franklin County, 6 miles away
      Class III+(V) - 11 miles long (Hooper to Palouse Falls State Park)
 Ski Areas Near Palouse River:
Bluewood, Washington , 37 miles away, 1125 foot drop, 3 lifts, 23 runs
Spout Springs, Oregon , 43 miles away, 600 foot drop, 2 lifts, 14 runs
Anthony Lakes, Oregon , 79 miles away, 900 foot drop, 3 lifts, 21 runs
49 Degrees North, Washington , 91 miles away, 1851 foot drop, 6 lifts, 68 runs
Mt. Spokane, Washington , 99 miles away, 2000 foot drop, 5 lifts, 44 runs
 Marinas Near Palouse River:
Lyons Ferry Marina, Starbuck , 9 miles away
 Hotels Near Palouse River:
Best Western Plus Dayton Hotel & Suites, Dayton , 22 miles away
Best Western Bronco Inn, Ritzville , 25 miles away
Days Inn Ritzville, Ritzville , 25 miles away
Super 8 Walla Walla, Walla Walla , 27 miles away
Red Lion Inn & Suites Walla Wa, Walla Walla , 28 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Palouse River:
Palouse Falls State Park, Hooper, 2 miles away
Lyons Ferry, Starbuck, 2 miles away
Lyons Ferry Marina, Starbuck, 2 miles away
 Public Lands Near Palouse River:
Lyons Ferry State Park, Washington , 1 miles away
Palouse Falls State Park, Washington , 1 miles away
Lewis and Clark Trail State Park, Washington , 19 miles away

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