Cowlitz River

Packwood, Washington

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The beauty in the first mile and a half of this trip captivates boaters as they pass between towering rock walls and under the branches of virgin evergreens that overhang the channel. The crystalline water collects in deep green pools, then flows into fun, straightforward rapids. Enjoy the early portion of the trip: once the Muddy Fork of the Cowlitz joins the channel, the scenery is much less spectacular.
Paddling Washington: Routes in Washington State & the Inland Northwest

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Paddling Washington: Routes in Washington State & the Inland Northwest

by Verne Huser, Rich Landers, Dan Hansen, and Doug North (The Mountaineers Books)

The beauty in the first mile and a half of this trip captivates boaters as they pass between towering rock walls and under the branches of virgin evergreens that overhang the channel.

The crystalline water collects in deep green pools, then flows into fun, straightforward rapids. Enjoy the early portion of the trip: once the Muddy Fork of the Cowlitz joins the channel, the scenery is much less spectacular.

©  Verne Huser, Rich Landers, Dan Hansen, and Doug North/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Packwood
Distance: 8
Duration: 2 to 3 hours
Class: Class II
Season: Best: July to early August
Local Contacts: Gifford Pinchot National Forest, Cowlitz Valley Ranger Station
Local Maps: USGS: Packwood, Tatoosh Lakes, Ohanapecosh Hot Springs
Driving Directions: Directions to Cowlitz River

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