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Washington whitewater, Skate Creek

Lewis county, Johnson Creek to Craig Road section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS III+     3.1 miles
  The starting location is a short drive from Hood River, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. If you've been out of state whitewater rafting and kayaking you might find the rivers here more demanding, so if you're visiting here do keep in mind that lots of rivers here are not for beginners. You might have to settle for a hotel a bit away from the river if you want to stay the night, but do book a
    room before you come because it is a very popular destination. The beauty of the Northern Cascade Range is a great plus for this river. The nature scenery of Lewis County and the cool fresh water beats anything. There's
camping available near Skate Creek. The Johnson Creek to Craig Road section of Skate Creek in Washington is 3.1 miles long and is rated by American Whitewater as a class III+ section. Great exercise and just being out on the river for a while will make you glad you came. Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking this area has a large number of paddling spots. There are some good sections to paddle in this river system, the Johnson Creek  
to Craig Road section is one of them. This section is quite short so you'd better be prepared to walk your kayak back to put-in a few times.

Briefly about the general area:
Go for a hike on the Willame Trail; if you're popping by from Packwood, you won't be the only one. Man, is there plenty of amusing stuff to do in the Northern Cascade Range. Good hiking is available along the Davis Mountain Trail. Skate Creek gets a lot of water. The month of January is the wettest with most of the snow; the driest of the months is July. For the duration of the warm months here at Skate Creek, high temperatures frequently reach the 70's, and during the night it cools down to the 40's.

Skate Creek, Johnson Creek to Craig Road 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 Skate Creek.
 Whitewater Near Skate Creek:
Skate Creek, Lewis County, 2 miles away
      Class III+ - 3.1 miles long (Johnson Creek to Craig Road)
Butter Creek, Lewis County, 3 miles away
      Class III - 2.5 miles long (along FR 5270)
Cowlitz River - Muddy Fork, Lewis County, 9 miles away
      Class V - 5 miles long (to Cowlitz River)
Cowlitz River, Lewis County, 9 miles away
      Class II - 7.6 miles long (La Wis Wis Campground to Packwood)
Johnson Creek, Lewis County, 10 miles away
      Class V - 7.7 miles long (Glacier Creek to Highway 12)
Cispus River - North Fork, Lewis County, 12 miles away
      Class IV-V - 2.7 miles long (FR 22 Bridge to North Fork Campground)
Cispus River, Lewis County, 12 miles away
      Class III - 20.2 miles long (Road 28 Bridge to Scanewa Reservoir)
Ohanepecosh River, Lewis County, 13 miles away
      Class V - 4.7 miles long (Ohanepecosh Campground to La Wis Wis Campground)
Silver Creek, Lewis County, 13 miles away
      Class V - 4.5 miles long (Lynx Creek to Mary Kiona Park)
Cispus River, Lewis County, 14 miles away
      Class III+(IV) - 9.5 miles long (FR 23 Bridge to FR 28 Bridge)
 Ski Areas Near Skate Creek:
Crystal Mountain, Washington , 23 miles away, 3100 foot drop, 11 lifts, 50 runs
White Pass, Washington , 24 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 6 lifts, 32 runs
Summit at Snoqualmie, Washington , 42 miles away, 2280 foot drop, 26 lifts, 96 runs
Alpental, Washington , 43 miles away, 2280 foot drop, 5 lifts, 19 runs
Stevens Pass, Washington , 58 miles away, 1800 foot drop, 10 lifts, 37 runs
Cooper Spur, Oregon , 60 miles away, 500 foot drop, 2 lifts, 10 runs
Timberline Lodge, Oregon , 63 miles away, 3590 foot drop, 6 lifts, 32 runs
Mt. Hood Meadows, Oregon , 64 miles away, 2777 foot drop, 12 lifts, 87 runs
Mt. Hood Ski Bowl, Oregon , 65 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 9 lifts, 65 runs
Mission Ridge, Washington , 97 miles away, 2250 foot drop, 6 lifts, 36 runs
 Hotels Near Skate Creek:
GuestHouse Inn Enumclaw, Lincoln , 31 miles away
Econo Lodge Buckley, Buckley , 31 miles away
Skamania Lodge, Stevenson , 32 miles away
Lindas By The Lake, Maple Valley , 41 miles away
Salish Lodge Spa, Snoqualmie , 42 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Skate Creek:
Skate Creek Sno-Park, Packwood, 3 miles away
Packwood RV Park and Campground, Packwood, 6 miles away
Mt Rainier National Park - Cougar Rock, Longmire, 6 miles away
 Trails Near Skate Creek:
Willame Trail, Lewis , 5 miles away, 3.5 hiking miles, 921 feet elevation difference
Davis Mountain Trail, Lewis , 5 miles away, 6.7 hiking miles, 3121 feet elevation difference
Tatoosh Trail, Lewis , 5 miles away,  16.4 hiking miles, 5829 feet elevation difference
Moraine Trail, Pierce , 6 miles away,  2.4 hiking miles, 452 feet elevation difference
Skyline Trail, Pierce , 6 miles away,  6.2 hiking miles, 1839 feet elevation difference
Dry Creek Trail, Lewis , 7 miles away, 6.4 hiking miles, 5447 feet elevation difference
Pompey Peak Trail, Lewis , 8 miles away,  7 hiking miles, 3836 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near Skate Creek:
Mount Rainier National Park, Ashford - WA , 17 miles away
Gifford Pinchot National Forest, Washington , 20 miles away
Federation Forest State Park, Washington , 24 miles away
Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, Washington , 25 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Skate Creek:
Maple Grove RV Resort & Golf Course, Randle , 16 miles away
 Lakes Near Skate Creek
Lone Tree Lake, Lewis , 11 miles away
Saint Jacobs Lake, Lewis , 11 miles away
Lake Christine, Pierce , 14 miles away

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