Lower Soleduck River

Forks , Washington

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The Soleduck is named after the Sol Duc Hot Springs near its headwaters in Olympic National Park. The Indian spelling, Sol Duc, means “sparkling water.” Indians believed that the water had medicinal powers. Whatever the healing powers of the hot springs may be, a trip on the river can be healing to the soul. The clear water, overhung by lush trees festooned with moss, teems with salmon and steelhead and flows through largely untouched banks. The Soleduck has magic. No gauge has current readings for the Soleduck, so the water level must be judged by the gauge at McDonald Bridge on the Elwha, the next basin over. The Elwha gets more snow runoff than the Soleduck, so the reading needed on the McDonald Bridge gauge is higher later in the year. Boaters should look for somewhat greater than average flow in the spring or early summer.
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 Soleduck is named after the Sol Duc Hot Springs near its headwaters in Olympic National Park. The Indian spelling, Sol Duc, means “sparkling water.” Indians believed that the water had medicinal powers. Whatever the healing powers of the hot springs may be, a trip on the river can be healing to the soul. The clear water, overhung by lush trees festooned with moss, teems with salmon and steelhead and flows through largely untouched banks. The Soleduck has magic.

No gauge has current readings for the Soleduck, so the water level must be judged by the gauge at McDonald Bridge on the Elwha, the next basin over. The Elwha gets more snow runoff than the Soleduck, so the reading needed on the McDonald Bridge gauge is higher later in the year. Boaters should look for somewhat greater than average flow in the spring or early summer.

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

Activity Type: Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Forks
Distance: 7
Duration: 2 to 3 hours
Class: Class II
Season: Best: April to June
Local Contacts: Olympic National Forest/Olympic National Park Visitor Information in Forks; Forks Chamber of Commerce
Local Maps: USGS Lake Pleasant, West of Pyscht
Driving Directions: Directions to Lower Soleduck River

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