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Washington whitewater, Sam's River

Jefferson county, 500 Bridge to Queets Campground section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS IV-V     8 miles
  Whitewater rafting and kayaking in this state is often more difficult than elsewhere, so if you're visiting here do keep in mind that many runs in this state are not easy. The starting point is not too far from Port Angeles, as you can see on the road map further down. This is one of a small number of paddling sections in this river system, there are a few others too. The beauty of the Olympic Mountains is a great plus for this river. This is
    a pretty decent length section, suitable for an afternoon trip. This stretch of Sam's River is 8 miles long and is a class IV-V section of whitewater according to American Whitewater. The nearby hotels are a bit away from
the river, and if you make reservations in advance you're all set. You can pitch a tent or park your RV at a nearby campground. No matter if you're whitewater rafting or kayaking in this general area you'll find lots of paddling places. Getting a good workout and just hanging out with mother nature are great reasons to come. The scenic beauty of Washington and the beautiful way the water current moves down the stream attract people from  
near and far.

Briefly about the general area:
There is a glorious hiking trail close to Sam's River called the Canyon Creek Hoh Trail, and nearby you locate the Bogachiel-Hoh Trail which is a glorious hiking trail. But wait, there's more fun things to do in the Olympic Mountains. Summertime highs at Sam's River generally tend to be in the 70's while nighttime lows are ordinarily in the 40's. High temperatures during the wintertime are normally in the 40's with temperatures at Sam's River dipping down into the 30's throughout winter nights. Sam's River ordinarily gets a good deal of precipitation.

Sam's River, 500 Bridge to Queets Campground road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.


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Local weather forecast

These outdoors activities are available near Sam's River.
 Whitewater Near Sam's River:
Matheny Creek, Jefferson County, 5 miles away
      Class IV+ - 9 miles long (North Fork to FR 21 Bridge)
Queets River, Jefferson County, 5 miles away
      Class II - 9.3 miles long (Queets Campground to Hartzell Launch)
Sam's River, Jefferson County, 5 miles away
      Class IV-V - 8 miles long (500 Bridge to Queets 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 III-IV - 9.5 miles long (Upper Clearwater Road access to Clearwater Campground)
Matheny Creek, Jefferson County, 7 miles away
      Class III-IV - 4.2 miles long (FR 21 Bridge to Q-1800 Bridge)
Hoh River - South Fork, Jefferson County, 8 miles away
      Class II-III - 2.7 miles long (Park boundary to South Fork Campground)
Stequaleho River, Jefferson County, 8 miles away
      Class II-III(V+) - 4 miles long (C-1066 Road to Clearwater Campground)
Salmon River, Jefferson/Grays Harbor County, 9 miles away
      Class II(IV) - 8.2 miles long (West Boundary Road Bridge to Q-100 Bridge)
Hoh River, Jefferson County, 11 miles away
      Class II - 20 miles long (Ranger Station to Highway 101 at Oxbow)
 Ski Areas Near Sam's River:
Hurricane Ridge Ski Lodge, Washington , 34 miles away, 800 foot drop, 3 lifts, 10 runs
Cypress Mountain, British Columbia , 97 miles away, 2410 foot drop, 9 lifts, 52 runs
 Hotels Near Sam's River:
Lake Quinault Lodge, Quinault , 10 miles away
Rain Forest Resort Village, Quinault , 10 miles away
Lake Crescent Lodge, Port Angeles , 23 miles away
Kalaloch Lodge, Forks , 30 miles away
Econo Lodge Inn & Suites, Hoquiam , 30 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Sam's River:
Queets Campground, Jefferson County, 5 miles away
Olympic National Park - Queets, Amanda Park, 5 miles away
Yahoo Lake Campground, Jefferson County, 5 miles away
 Trails Near Sam's River:
Canyon Creek Hoh Trail, Clallam , 14 miles away,  29.6 hiking miles, 5242 feet elevation difference
Bogachiel-Hoh Trail, Jefferson , 14 miles away,  20.8 hiking miles, 3229 feet elevation difference
Hoh River Trail, Clallam , 15 miles away,  31.2 hiking miles, 4310 feet elevation difference
Mink Lake Trail, Clallam , 16 miles away,  7.8 hiking miles, 2790 feet elevation difference
Bogachiel Trail, Clallam , 17 miles away, 27 hiking miles, 4321 feet elevation difference
Deer Lake Trail, Clallam , 17 miles away,  6.8 hiking miles, 1835 feet elevation difference
Lovers Lane, Clallam , 17 miles away, 3.4 hiking miles, 475 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near Sam's River:
Olympic National Park, Port Angeles - WA , 36 miles away
Fort Clatsop National Memorial, Astoria - OR , 67 miles away
Pacific Beach State Park, Washington , 26 miles away
Griffiths-Priday State Park, Washington , 28 miles away
Olympic National Forest, Washington , 29 miles away
 Lakes Near Sam's River
Lake Quinault, Grays Harbor , 8 miles away
Lilly Lake, Jefferson , 12 miles away

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