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Washington whitewater, South Praire Creek

Pierce county, East Fork to Spiketon Road section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS V     6.6 miles
  The wonderful Pierce County scenery and the cool fresh water have people coming here. The East Fork to Spiketon Road section of South Praire Creek in Pierce County is 6.6 miles long and is a class V section of whitewater according to American Whitewater. If you've been whitewater rafting and kayaking outside this state you might find the rivers here a bit more challenging, so if you're visiting here do keep in mind that the rivers in this
    state are less manageable. A bit of exercise and a chance to spend some time outdoors have a lot of people coming here. The put-in is not too far from Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, if you're not familiar with the area there's
a road map further down the page. No matter if you're whitewater rafting or kayaking in this general area you'll find lots of paddling places. Whitewater paddling here in the Northern Cascade Range is a great experience. There are some good stretches to paddle in this river system, the East Fork to Spiketon Road stretch is one of them. There are plenty of hotels here if you want to spend a night, and if you make reservations in advance you're  
all set. There are campgrounds quite near the river where you can camp. This section is long enough to enjoy a good non stop paddle, suitable for an afternoon trip.

Briefly about the general area:
Near South Praire Creek you stumble on the Summit Lake Trail which is a perfect hiking trail; lots of folks from Wilkeson come here. You just should fancy the Northern Cascade Range. The Paul Peak Trail is a perfect hiking trail in the neighborhood of South Praire Creek, and don't leave without visiting Flaming Geyser State Park. At this river you will always have a good time.

South Praire Creek, East Fork to Spiketon 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 South Praire Creek.
 Whitewater Near South Praire Creek:
South Praire Creek, Pierce County, 3 miles away
      Class V - 6.6 miles long (East Fork to Spiketon Road)
White River, Pierce County, 4 miles away
      Class II - 12.5 miles long (Buckley to Auburn)
Carbon River, Pierce County, 5 miles away
      Class V - 9 miles long (Fairfax to 177th St. East)
South Praire Creek, Pierce County, 6 miles away
      Class II+ - 5.8 miles long (Lower Burnett to above Carbon River)
Carbon River, Pierce County, 9 miles away
      Class II - 9 miles long (177th St. East to Puyallup River)
Puyallup River, Pierce County, 10 miles away
      Class IV+ - 9 miles long (Niesson Creek to Electron)
Green River, King County, 11 miles away
      Class III-IV - 5 miles long (Green River Gorge)
Clearwater River - White River Tributary, Pierce County, 12 miles away
      Class III - 4 miles long (Bridge to confluence with White River)
Cedar River, King County, 13 miles away
      Class II - 15.5 miles long (Landsburg bridge to Maplewood Roadside Park)
Green River, King County, 13 miles away
      Class II+(III) - 3.5 miles long (Headworks to Kanaskat-Palmer State Park)
 Ski Areas Near South Praire Creek:
Crystal Mountain, Washington , 36 miles away, 3100 foot drop, 11 lifts, 50 runs
Alpental, Washington , 41 miles away, 2280 foot drop, 5 lifts, 19 runs
Summit at Snoqualmie, Washington , 41 miles away, 2280 foot drop, 26 lifts, 96 runs
White Pass, Washington , 46 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 6 lifts, 32 runs
Stevens Pass, Washington , 55 miles away, 1800 foot drop, 10 lifts, 37 runs
Cooper Spur, Oregon , 84 miles away, 500 foot drop, 2 lifts, 10 runs
Mt.Baker, Washington , 85 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 8 lifts, 38 runs
Timberline Lodge, Oregon , 85 miles away, 3590 foot drop, 6 lifts, 32 runs
Mt. Hood Meadows, Oregon , 86 miles away, 2777 foot drop, 12 lifts, 87 runs
Mt. Hood Ski Bowl, Oregon , 86 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 9 lifts, 65 runs
 Marinas Near South Praire Creek:
Narrows Marina, Auburn , 19 miles away
 Hotels Near South Praire Creek:
GuestHouse Inn Enumclaw, Lincoln , 5 miles away
Econo Lodge Buckley, Buckley , 5 miles away
Lindas By The Lake, Maple Valley , 15 miles away
La Quinta Inn & Suites Auburn, Auburn , 20 miles away
Holiday Inn Express & Suites SUMNER - PUYALLUP AREA, Sumner , 20 miles away
 Campgrounds Near South Praire Creek:
Enumclaw Expo Center RV Park, Enumclaw, 5 miles away
Aspen Cabin - Fremont National Forest, Lakeview, 5 miles away
Carbon River Dispersed, Carbonado, 6 miles away
 Trails Near South Praire Creek:
Paul Peak Trail, Pierce , 10 miles away,  3 hiking miles, 1081 feet elevation difference
Summit Lake Trail, Pierce , 10 miles away, 5.1 hiking miles, 1322 feet elevation difference
Clearwater Trail, Pierce , 11 miles away, 10.6 hiking miles, 2788 feet elevation difference
Ipsut Creek Trail, Pierce , 11 miles away, 4.8 hiking miles, 3790 feet elevation difference
Carbon Trail, Pierce , 15 miles away, 11.4 hiking miles, 3299 feet elevation difference
Osborne Mountain Trail, Lewis , 18 miles away, 5.5 hiking miles, 3193 feet elevation difference
Flip-O-Way Trail, Pierce , 18 miles away, 2.7 hiking miles, 2399 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near South Praire Creek:
Mount Rainier National Park, Ashford - WA , 17 miles away
Lake Chelan National Recreation Area, Sedro-Woolley - WA , 68 miles away
Nolte State Park, Washington , 9 miles away
Flaming Geyser State Park, Washington , 9 miles away
Kanaskat-Palmer State Park, Washington , 12 miles away
 Golf Courses Near South Praire Creek:
Enumclaw Golf Course, Enumclaw , 5 miles away
Black Diamond Golf, Black Diamond , 11 miles away
Jade Greens Public Golf Course, Auburn , 12 miles away
 Lakes Near South Praire Creek
Deep Lake, King , 8 miles away
Cedar Lake, Pierce , 10 miles away
Coplay Lake, Pierce , 11 miles away

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