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Washington whitewater, Washougal River

Skamania county, Doc's Drop to Dougan Falls section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS V     3 miles
  If you've been whitewater rafting and kayaking outside Washington you might find the rivers here a bit more challenging, so if you're not from around here don't forget that a large number of rivers in this state are not easy. The wonderful Washington scenery and the sparkling of the sunlight on the water will make you feel great. This section of Washougal River in Washington is 3 miles long and is rated by American Whitewater as a class
    V section. Getting a good workout and just hanging out with mother nature have a lot of people coming here. This section is quite short so it's not like you're gonna spend hours on the river in one stretch. There arenít
any hotels right nearby but if you're willing to drive a short distance then no problem but do book a room before you come because it is a very popular destination. The Doc's Drop to Dougan Falls section is one of many paddling sections in this river system. You can pitch a tent or park your RV at a nearby campground. The put-in is not too far from Hood River, please print out a copy of the road map further down the page so you wonít get lost.  
Whitewater paddling here in the Northern Cascade Range is a great experience. Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking this area has a large number of paddling spots.

Briefly about the general area:
Take a hike on the Washougal Trail, and don't leave without dropping by Benson State Park. And that's not everything you can do here in the Northern Cascade Range. Have a glorious hiking adventure along the Green Leaf Trail. A pleasant spot like Shepperds Dell State Park right next door to Washougal River is too good to leave out. Washougal River sees pretty high levels of precipitation.

Washougal River, Doc's Drop to Dougan Falls 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 Washougal River.
 Whitewater Near Washougal River:
Washougal River, Skamania County, 1 miles away
      Class V - 3 miles long (Doc's Drop to Dougan Falls)
Washougal River, Clark/ Skamania County, 1 miles away
      Class III-IV - 6 miles long (Dougan Falls to Salmon Falls)
Washougal River, Skamania County, 1 miles away
      Class V - 4.3 miles long (Prospector's Creek to Doc's Drop)
Lewis River - East Fork, Clark County, 4 miles away
      Class IV-V - 5.5 miles long (Green Fork to Sunset Falls)
Stebbins Creek, Skamania County, 4 miles away
      Class IV-V(V+) - 3 miles long (to Washougal River)
Rock Creek - Columbia River Tributary, Klickitat County, 5 miles away
      Class III-IV - 5.5 miles long (Steep Creek to Rayan-Allen Bridge)
Copper Creek, Skamania/Clark County, 5 miles away
      Class IV-V - 6.1 miles long (road's end to East Fork Lewis)
Canyon Creek - Lewis River Tributary, Cowlitz/Skamania County, 8 miles away
      Class IV-V - 8.2 miles long (Twin Bridges to Fly Creek)
Washougal River - North Fork, Skamania County, 8 miles away
      Class IV-V - 7 miles long (Mile 7 to Washougal River)
Lewis River - East Fork, Clark County, 8 miles away
      Class IV(V) - 4 miles long (Sunset Falls to bl. Horshoe Falls)
 Ski Areas Near Washougal River:
Mt. Hood Ski Bowl, Oregon , 35 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 9 lifts, 65 runs
Timberline Lodge, Oregon , 36 miles away, 3590 foot drop, 6 lifts, 32 runs
Mt. Hood Meadows, Oregon , 39 miles away, 2777 foot drop, 12 lifts, 87 runs
Cooper Spur, Oregon , 40 miles away, 500 foot drop, 2 lifts, 10 runs
White Pass, Washington , 67 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 6 lifts, 32 runs
Hoodoo, Oregon , 68 miles away, 1035 foot drop, 6 lifts, 30 runs
Crystal Mountain, Washington , 73 miles away, 3100 foot drop, 11 lifts, 50 runs
Mt. Bachelor, Oregon , 91 miles away, 3365 foot drop, 13 lifts, 71 runs
Summit at Snoqualmie, Washington , 94 miles away, 2280 foot drop, 26 lifts, 96 runs
Alpental, Washington , 95 miles away, 2280 foot drop, 5 lifts, 19 runs
 Hotels Near Washougal River:
Best Western Plus Columbia River Inn, Cascade Locks , 17 miles away
Rodeway Inn Stevenson, Stevenson , 18 miles away
Best Western Plus Parkersville Inn & Suites, Washougal , 19 miles away
Carson Hot Springs Resort, Carson River Valley , 19 miles away
Skamania Lodge, Stevenson , 20 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Washougal River:
Dougan Creek Campground, Skamania County, 4 miles away
Pacific Crest Trail Trailcamp 2174.2 - Rock Creek, North Bonneville, 7 miles away
Sunset Campground, Skamania County, 8 miles away
 Trails Near Washougal River:
Washougal Trail, Skamania , 1 miles away, 3.6 hiking miles, 2131 feet elevation difference
Green Leaf Trail, Skamania , 5 miles away, 2.9 hiking miles, 727 feet elevation difference
Horseshoe Ridge Trail, Skamania , 9 miles away, 4.8 hiking miles, 2830 feet elevation difference
Rock Creek Trail, Skamania , 10 miles away, 3.6 hiking miles, 1970 feet elevation difference
Siouxon Trail, Skamania , 10 miles away, 4.8 hiking miles, 1860 feet elevation difference
Observation Peak Trail, Skamania , 10 miles away,  12.4 hiking miles, 2662 feet elevation difference
Soda Peaks Trail, Skamania , 11 miles away, 0.7 hiking miles, 942 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near Washougal River:
Mount Rainier National Park, Ashford - WA , 48 miles away
Benson State Park, Oregon , 9 miles away
Shepperds Dell State Park, Oregon , 9 miles away
Ainsworth State Park, Oregon , 10 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Washougal River:
Beacon Rock Golf Course, North Bonneville , 13 miles away
Orchard Hills Golf And Country Club, Washougal , 16 miles away
 Lakes Near Washougal River
Kidney Lake, Skamania , 14 miles away
Little Ashes Lake, Skamania , 16 miles away
Sesters Reservoirs, Multnomah , 18 miles away

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