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Washington whitewater, Yellowjacket Creek

Skamania Lewis county, Veta Creek to Cispus River confluence section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS IV     5.2 miles
  This section of Yellowjacket Creek in Skamania/Lewis County is 5.2 miles long and it is classified as a class IV section by American Whitewater. The rivers for whitewater rafting and kayaking here in Washington are often tougher than in other states, so if you're not from around here don't forget that quite a few of the sections here are not easy. The nature scenery of Skamania/Lewis County and the cool fresh water will make you feel great.
    The Veta Creek to Cispus River confluence section is one of a few paddling sections in this river system. And of course, there are campgrounds nearby. Since you're on this site you are probably into whitewater rafting or
kayaking, either way this is an area with plenty of spots for that. The beautiful Northern Cascade Range scenery is an added bonus. Not too many hotels nearby, you'll have to drive a bit to get to one, but if you donít have reservations you might end up sleeping in your car. Getting your paddling muscles activated and just hanging out with mother nature have a lot of people coming here. The starting point is not too far from Hood River, if  
you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. This stretch is mid length, suitable for an afternoon trip.

Briefly about the general area:
Gifford Pinchot National Forest is a good location to visit, and the Klickitat Trail offers hiking at its best. Yep, outdoors cool stuff truly is plentiful here in the Northern Cascade Range. This is a popular place for folks from Randle, and hiking is a popular thing to do around Yellowjacket Creek; Pompey Peak Trail is a great local trail. This is such a fun river. Throughout the summertime months, highs ordinarily are in the 70's at Yellowjacket Creek, and throughout the night it cools down to the 40's.

Yellowjacket Creek, Veta Creek to Cispus River confluence 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 Yellowjacket Creek.
 Whitewater Near Yellowjacket Creek:
Yellowjacket Creek, Skamania/Lewis County, 1 miles away
      Class IV - 5.2 miles long (Veta Creek to Cispus River confluence)
Cispus River, Lewis County, 2 miles away
      Class III - 20.2 miles long (Road 28 Bridge to Scanewa Reservoir)
McCoy Creek, Lewis County, 6 miles away
      Class V - 7.8 miles long (milepost 8 to Yellowjacket Creek)
Cispus River, Lewis County, 7 miles away
      Class III+(IV) - 9.5 miles long (FR 23 Bridge to FR 28 Bridge)
Quartz Creek, Skamania County, 10 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 5 miles long (Snaggletooth Creek to Lewis River)
Silver Creek, Lewis County, 10 miles away
      Class V - 4.5 miles long (Lynx Creek to Mary Kiona Park)
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, 13 miles away
      Class V+ - 5.9 miles long (Adams Fork to FR 23 Bridge)
Lewis River - North Fork, -blank- County, 13 miles away
      Class IV - 3.4 miles long (FR 88 to Quartz Creek)
Skate Creek, Lewis County, 14 miles away
      Class III+ - 3.1 miles long (Johnson Creek to Craig Road)
 Ski Areas Near Yellowjacket Creek:
White Pass, Washington , 33 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 6 lifts, 32 runs
Crystal Mountain, Washington , 35 miles away, 3100 foot drop, 11 lifts, 50 runs
Cooper Spur, Oregon , 50 miles away, 500 foot drop, 2 lifts, 10 runs
Timberline Lodge, Oregon , 52 miles away, 3590 foot drop, 6 lifts, 32 runs
Mt. Hood Meadows, Oregon , 53 miles away, 2777 foot drop, 12 lifts, 87 runs
Mt. Hood Ski Bowl, Oregon , 53 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 9 lifts, 65 runs
Summit at Snoqualmie, Washington , 56 miles away, 2280 foot drop, 26 lifts, 96 runs
Alpental, Washington , 57 miles away, 2280 foot drop, 5 lifts, 19 runs
Stevens Pass, Washington , 72 miles away, 1800 foot drop, 10 lifts, 37 runs
Hoodoo, Oregon , 95 miles away, 1035 foot drop, 6 lifts, 30 runs
 Hotels Near Yellowjacket Creek:
Skamania Lodge, Stevenson , 19 miles away
Carson Hot Springs Resort, Carson River Valley , 30 miles away
Carson Ridge Private Luxury Ca, Carson River Valley , 33 miles away
Rodeway Inn Stevenson, Stevenson , 34 miles away
Best Western Plus Columbia River Inn, Cascade Locks , 36 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Yellowjacket Creek:
Tower Rock - Gifford Pinchot National Forest, Randle, 3 miles away
North Fork Campground And Group - Gifford Pinchot National Forest, Randle, 4 miles away
North Fork, Randle, 4 miles away
 Trails Near Yellowjacket Creek:
Pompey Peak Trail, Lewis , 6 miles away,  7 hiking miles, 3836 feet elevation difference
Klickitat Trail, Lewis , 7 miles away,  4.2 hiking miles, 1263 feet elevation difference
Purcell Mountain Trail, Lewis , 7 miles away, 8.5 hiking miles, 5050 feet elevation difference
Davis Mountain Trail, Lewis , 9 miles away, 6.7 hiking miles, 3121 feet elevation difference
Willame Trail, Lewis , 9 miles away, 3.5 hiking miles, 921 feet elevation difference
Dry Creek Trail, Lewis , 10 miles away, 6.4 hiking miles, 5447 feet elevation difference
Silver Creek Trail, Lewis , 12 miles away, 4.7 hiking miles, 718 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near Yellowjacket Creek:
Mount Rainier National Park, Ashford - WA , 19 miles away
Gifford Pinchot National Forest, Washington , 9 miles away
Starvation Creek State Park, Oregon , 36 miles away
Viento State Park, Oregon , 36 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Yellowjacket Creek:
Maple Grove RV Resort & Golf Course, Randle , 10 miles away
 Lakes Near Yellowjacket Creek
Lone Tree Lake, Lewis , 3 miles away
Placid Lake, Skamania , 18 miles away
Lake Christine, Pierce , 19 miles away

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