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Washington whitewater, Swale Creek

Klickitat county, Harris Road to Wahkiacus section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS III-IV     10 miles
  The average Washington whitewater rafting or kayaking river tends to be a bit harder to master than those in other states, so if you're not from around here don't forget that many of the sections here are not safe for beginners. The natural beauty of Washington and the cool fresh water beats anything. Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking around here you'll find a large number of good spots. This section of Swale Creek is 10 miles long
    and is according to American Whitewater a class III-IV section of whitewater. Great exercise and just hanging out with mother nature will make you glad you came. There's camping available near Swale Creek. This stretch has
enough mileage for an overnight trip, so why not pack your camp stove too. When you're paddling down a Northern Cascade Range river like this one you always get great scenery along the way too. The Harris Road to Wahkiacus stretch is one of a few paddling stretches in this river system. The put-in is not too far from City of The Dalles, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. Not too many hotels nearby,  
you'll have to drive a bit to get to one, and if you make reservations in advance you're all set.

Briefly about the general area:
This is a popular site for people from Klickitat, and visiting Horsethief Lake State Park is a tremendous thing to do. Having a tremendous time in the Northern Cascade Range is easy. Swale Creek gets a common amount of rain. Most of the snow falls during December, and July on the other hand is the driest. Through the warm months at Swale Creek temperatures are ordinarily in the 70's; through summer nights temperatures are in the 40's. The winter comes with highs in the 30's while the cold winter nights at Swale Creek are in the 20's.

Swale Creek, Harris Road to Wahkiacus 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 Swale Creek.
 Whitewater Near Swale Creek:
Swale Creek, Klickitat County, 3 miles away
      Class III-IV - 10 miles long (Harris Road to Wahkiacus)
Klickitat River, Klickitat County, 4 miles away
      Class II-III - 10.5 miles long (Klickitat Springs to Fishing Access)
Canyon Creek - Klickitat drainage, -blank- County, 7 miles away
      Class IV-V - 5 miles long (Soda Springs Road to Little Klickitat)
Little Klickitat River, Klickitat County, 10 miles away
      Class IV-V - 9.7 miles long (Olsen Road to Klickitat River)
Klickitat River, Klickitat County, 11 miles away
      Class II - 16.2 miles long (Leidl Campground to Klickitat Springs)
Klickitat River, Klickitat County, 14 miles away
      Class V+ - 1 miles long (Fishing Access on Highway 142 to Columbia River)
Klickitat River, Klickitat County, 23 miles away
      Class III+ - 21 miles long (Yakama Reservation to Leidl Campground)
Deschutes River, Wasco County, 25 miles away
      Class III - 44 miles long (Sherar's Falls to Columbia River)
Rattlesnake Creek, Klickitat County, 25 miles away
      Class IV(V) - 3 miles long (mile 3 to White Salmon)
White River, Wasco County, 26 miles away
      Class V - 0.25 miles long (Celestial Falls)
 Ski Areas Near Swale Creek:
Cooper Spur, Oregon , 41 miles away, 500 foot drop, 2 lifts, 10 runs
Mt. Hood Meadows, Oregon , 47 miles away, 2777 foot drop, 12 lifts, 87 runs
White Pass, Washington , 47 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 6 lifts, 32 runs
Timberline Lodge, Oregon , 50 miles away, 3590 foot drop, 6 lifts, 32 runs
Mt. Hood Ski Bowl, Oregon , 53 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 9 lifts, 65 runs
Crystal Mountain, Washington , 63 miles away, 3100 foot drop, 11 lifts, 50 runs
Summit at Snoqualmie, Washington , 82 miles away, 2280 foot drop, 26 lifts, 96 runs
Alpental, Washington , 84 miles away, 2280 foot drop, 5 lifts, 19 runs
Hoodoo, Oregon , 86 miles away, 1035 foot drop, 6 lifts, 30 runs
Mission Ridge, Washington , 86 miles away, 2250 foot drop, 6 lifts, 36 runs
 Hotels Near Swale Creek:
Shilo Inn Suites Hotel The Dalles, The Dalles , 10 miles away
Comfort Inn Columbia Gorge, The Dalles , 10 miles away
Celilo Inn, The Dalles , 10 miles away
RR Guesthouse, The Dalles , 12 miles away
Oregon Motor Motel, The Dalles , 12 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Swale Creek:
Mineral Springs, Klickitat, 4 miles away
Avery, Wishram, 6 miles away
Soda Springs Campground, Klickitat County, 7 miles away
 Public Lands Near Swale Creek:
Horsethief Lake State Park, Washington , 6 miles away
Mayer State Park, Oregon , 17 miles away
Maryhill State Park, Washington , 17 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Swale Creek:
Dalles Country Club, The Dalles , 12 miles away
Goldendale Golf Club, Goldendale , 16 miles away

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