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Washington whitewater, Quinault River

Jefferson county, Cannings Creek to South Shore Road access section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS II     6.5 miles
July isn't the driest month here. August and September are. Says Keith Olson

The starting point is not too far from Aberdeen, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that. The beautiful scenery of Jefferson County and the playfulness of the water make the trip here worthwhile. Whitewater rafting and kayaking in this state is often more difficult than elsewhere, so better not forget that rivers here are less forgiving.
    No matter if you're whitewater rafting or kayaking this is an area with plenty of places for that. The wild scenery of the Olympic Mountains is great. If you're a camper you can camp at one of the great campgrounds nearby.
The Cannings Creek to South Shore Road access section is one of many paddling sections in this river system. On this section you do get some distance, good for a one day paddling trip. A bit of exercise and a chance to spend some time outdoors are great attractions for lots of people. This stretch of Quinault River in Jefferson County is 6.5 miles long and is a class II section of whitewater according to American Whitewater. You might have to  
settle for a hotel a bit away from the river if you want to stay the night, but if you donít have reservations you might end up sleeping in your car.

Briefly about the general area:
There is a delightful hiking trail in the vicinity of Quinault River called the Skyline Trail, and Fletcher Canyon is positively a delightful site to check out. And that's not everything there is to do here in the Olympic Mountains. Quinault River is a spot with many visitors from Quinault; places like Olympic National Forest are perfect to explore. This is such a great river. Quinault River is a pretty wet place commonly with a great deal of precipitation.

Quinault River, Cannings Creek to South Shore Road access 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, 3 miles away
      Class II - 6.5 miles long (Cannings Creek to South Shore Road access)
Tshletshy River, Jefferson County, 4 miles away
      Class IV-V - 20 miles long (Headwaters to Queets Campground)
Humptulips River - East Fork, Grays Harbor County, 8 miles away
      Class III - 5 miles long (FR 2206 access to FR 22 Bridge)
Humptulips River - West Fork, Grays Harbor County, 8 miles away
      Class IV+ - 3.5 miles long (FR 2204 bridge to FR 2203 access)
Big Creek, Grays Harbor County, 9 miles away
      Class III - 2 miles long (Bridge above Narrows to South Boundary Road Bridge)
Humptulips River - East Fork, Grays Harbor County, 9 miles away
      Class III - 5.7 miles long (FR 22 Bridge to Gorge)
Humptulips River - West Fork, Grays Harbor County, 10 miles away
      Class II - 6.5 miles long (FR 2203 access to Donkey Creek Road)
Wynoochee River, Grays Harbor County, 11 miles away
      Class II-III(V) - 11.1 miles long (Wynoochee Reservoir to Save Creek)
Sam's River, Jefferson County, 11 miles away
      Class IV-V - 8 miles long (500 Bridge to Queets Campground)
Donkey Creek, Grays Harbor County, 11 miles away
      Class I-III+ - 3.8 miles long (Perfection Falls to West Fork Humptulips)
 Ski Areas Near Quinault River:
Hurricane Ridge Ski Lodge, Washington , 25 miles away, 800 foot drop, 3 lifts, 10 runs
Cypress Mountain, British Columbia , 94 miles away, 2410 foot drop, 9 lifts, 52 runs
Grouse Mountain, British Columbia , 98 miles away, 1260 foot drop, 5 lifts, 26 runs
 Hotels Near Quinault River:
Rain Forest Resort Village, Quinault , 8 miles away
Lake Quinault Lodge, Quinault , 9 miles away
Lake Crescent Lodge, Port Angeles , 25 miles away
Best Western Plus Aberdeen, Aberdeen , 26 miles away
Red Lion Hotel Aberdeen, Aberdeen , 27 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Quinault River:
Mulkey Shelter, Quinault, 3 miles away
Campbell Tree Grove Campground, Grays Harbor County, 3 miles away
Olympic National Park - Three Lakes, Quinault, 4 miles away
 Trails Near Quinault River:
Skyline Trail, Jefferson , 8 miles away,  52.4 hiking miles, 5309 feet elevation difference
Hoh River Trail, Clallam , 17 miles away,  31.2 hiking miles, 4310 feet elevation difference
Canyon Creek Hoh Trail, Clallam , 19 miles away,  29.6 hiking miles, 5242 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near Quinault River:
Olympic National Park, Port Angeles - WA , 28 miles away
Fort Clatsop National Memorial, Astoria - OR , 63 miles away
Olympic National Forest, Washington , 13 miles away
Lake Sylvia State Park, Washington , 26 miles away
Schafer State Park, Washington , 27 miles away
 Lakes Near Quinault River
Lilly Lake, Jefferson , 4 miles away
Lake Quinault, Grays Harbor , 10 miles away
Wynoochee Lake, Grays Harbor , 11 miles away

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