The Oakville-to-Porter run is a pleasant paddle on a moderate-sized river that flows through a broad, undeveloped agricultural valley. The banks are well vegetated with shrubs, grasses, second-growth timber, and non-timber species.
The lower Black River is shallow and narrow, with a gravel bottom and abundant aquatic vegetation; its lower 2 miles revert to southern swamp—slow with heavily wooded banks. The Chehalis between the mouth of the Black River and the Oakville access flows through farmlands with fields often nudging the river itself. It has plenty of gravel bars and lots of timber trash as well.
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