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Washington whitewater, Quinault River

Jefferson county, Pony Bridge to Graves Creek section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS IV-V     3 miles
  This stretch of Quinault River in Washington is 3 miles long and has been rated as a class IV-V section by American Whitewater. The natural beauty of Jefferson County and the beautiful way the water current moves down the stream are reasons enough to come here and paddle. The starting location is a reasonable drive from Aberdeen, as you can see on the road map further down. There are campgrounds quite near the river where you can camp. The
    beautiful Olympic Mountains scenery is an added bonus. Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking there are lots of good rivers for that around here. There arenít any hotels right nearby but if you're willing to drive
a short distance then no problem but do book a room before you come because it is a very popular destination. The rivers for whitewater rafting and kayaking in this state are often tougher than in other states, so you'd better keep in mind that lots of rivers here are not for beginners. There are so many stretches to paddle in this river system, the Pony Bridge to Graves Creek stretch is just one of many. This stretch is short so it's not  
like you're gonna spend hours on the river in one stretch. Getting your paddling muscles activated and just hanging out with mother nature have people coming from far and near.

Briefly about the general area:
Olympic National Forest is a fine site to stretch your legs a bit, and if the weather is tremendous, you can go for a hike along the Skyline Trail. So much enjoyable stuff in the Olympic Mountains, just remarkable. The Elwha River Trail is a good hiking trail near Quinault River. All through the warmest time of the year here at Quinault River, high temperatures usually get into the 70's, and the overnight is fairly cooler of course, mostly in the 40's.

Quinault River, Pony Bridge to Graves Creek 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 Quinault River.
 Whitewater Near Quinault River:
Quinault River, Jefferson County, 2 miles away
      Class IV-V - 3 miles long (Pony Bridge to Graves Creek)
Quinault River - North Fork, Jefferson County, 5 miles away
      Class V - 3 miles long (Geoduck Creek to Kimta Creek)
Quinault River, Jefferson County, 9 miles away
      Class II - 6.5 miles long (Cannings Creek to South Shore Road access)
Wynoochee River, Grays Harbor County, 10 miles away
      Class II-III(V) - 11.1 miles long (Wynoochee Reservoir to Save Creek)
Satsop River - West Fork, Grays Harbor County, 10 miles away
      Class IV+ - 4 miles long (FR 23 to FR 2260 Bridge)
Big Creek, Grays Harbor County, 11 miles away
      Class III - 2 miles long (Bridge above Narrows to South Boundary Road Bridge)
Satsop River - Middle Fork, Mason County, 12 miles away
      Class III+(IV) - 6.5 miles long (Walter Creek to Baker Creek)
Skokomish River - North Fork, Mason County, 12 miles away
      Class V+ - 5.6 miles long (Seven Stream to Staircase)
Satsop River - West Fork, Grays Harbor County, 13 miles away
      Class II - 33 miles long (FR 2260 Bridge to West Satsop Road)
Tshletshy River, Jefferson County, 13 miles away
      Class IV-V - 20 miles long (Headwaters to Queets Campground)
 Ski Areas Near Quinault River:
Hurricane Ridge Ski Lodge, Washington , 18 miles away, 800 foot drop, 3 lifts, 10 runs
Cypress Mountain, British Columbia , 88 miles away, 2410 foot drop, 9 lifts, 52 runs
Grouse Mountain, British Columbia , 90 miles away, 1260 foot drop, 5 lifts, 26 runs
Mount Seymour, British Columbia , 93 miles away, 1083 foot drop, 5 lifts, 23 runs
 Hotels Near Quinault River:
Rain Forest Resort Village, Quinault , 20 miles away
Lake Quinault Lodge, Quinault , 21 miles away
Olympic Lodge, Port Angeles , 26 miles away
Quality Inn Uptown, Port Angeles , 26 miles away
Sol Duc Hot Springs, Port Angeles , 26 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Quinault River:
Olympic National Park - Graves Creek, Quinault, 2 miles away
Graves Creek Campground, Jefferson County, 2 miles away
Wynoochee Falls Campground, Grays Harbor County, 6 miles away
 Trails Near Quinault River:
Skyline Trail, Jefferson , 7 miles away,  52.4 hiking miles, 5309 feet elevation difference
Elwha River Trail, Clallam , 12 miles away,  64 hiking miles, 4020 feet elevation difference
Long Ridge Trail, Clallam , 16 miles away,  40.2 hiking miles, 5708 feet elevation difference
Lillian River Trail, Clallam , 17 miles away,  25.4 hiking miles, 4030 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near Quinault River:
Olympic National Park, Port Angeles - WA , 21 miles away
Fort Clatsop National Memorial, Astoria - OR , 68 miles away
Olympic National Forest, Washington , 8 miles away
Lake Cushman State Park, Washington , 23 miles away
Schafer State Park, Washington , 24 miles away
 Lakes Near Quinault River
Pine Lake, Mason , 9 miles away
Wynoochee Lake, Grays Harbor , 10 miles away
Lilly Lake, Jefferson , 14 miles away

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