Best Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing in Washington

This list represents the most popular whitewater kayaking & canoeing in Washington. Use this list to plan your next Washington whitewater kayaking & canoeing trip. Select a state and/or activity below to find even more top trails.

  • #1 Little White Salmon River, Washington: Above Willard to Drano Lake

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    White Salmon, WA

    The Little White Salmon River flows through a basalt gorge that combines crystal-clear water with a riotous mix of steep boulder gardens, ledges, and waterfalls. The spring-fed water is always ...
    •  10 miles
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    The Little White Salmon River flows through a basalt gorge that combines crystal-clear water with a riotous mix of steep ...

  • #2 Klickitat River, Washington: Yakima Indian Reservation to Old Icehouse

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    Glenwood, WA

    South-central Washington's Klickitat River boasts dramatic scenery. Steep columnar basalt cliffs line the upper river in many places, and chunks of basalt have fallen into the river form the ...
    •  60 miles
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    South-central Washington's Klickitat River boasts dramatic scenery. Steep columnar basalt cliffs line the upper river in ...

  • #3 Lewis River, East Fork, Washington: Green Fork to Paradise Point

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    Vancouver, WA

    The East Fork Lewis River has developed a nasty reputation over the years- several good paddlers and a few anglers have drowned in its treacherous waters. Resistant basalt rock has formed ledges ...
    •  33 miles
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    The East Fork Lewis River has developed a nasty reputation over the years- several good paddlers and a few anglers have drowned ...

  • #4 Kalama River, Washington: Upper Kalama Falls to Columbia River

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    Kalama, WA

    The Kalama River provides Portland-area boaters with good intermediate and advanced water with lots of good play waves, pool-drop rapids, isolated scenery, and some challenging Class IV drops. ...
    •  36 miles
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    The Kalama River provides Portland-area boaters with good intermediate and advanced water with lots of good play waves, pool-drop ...

  • #5 Washougal River, Washington: Timber Creek to Camas Slough

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    Washougal, WA

    Fed by rain, the Washougal River rises and falls quickly. The varying levels bring new dimensions to the run, making each trip different from the last. At most levels boaters find frequent play ...
    •  26 miles
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    Fed by rain, the Washougal River rises and falls quickly. The varying levels bring new dimensions to the run, making each ...

  • #6 Canyon Creek - Washington: Seal-Launch above Fly Creek to Lake Merwin

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    Kelso, WA

    Canyon Creek combines challenging whitewater with beautiful scenery despite heinous logging along the drainage. This run has it all: boulder gardens, tight gorges, and waterfalls. At low to ...
    •  11 miles
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    Canyon Creek combines challenging whitewater with beautiful scenery despite heinous logging along the drainage. This run ...

  • #7 White Salmon River, Washington: Above Trout Lake to Northwestern Day Use Area

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    White Salmon, WA

    The White Salmon is one of the region's most popular rivers, set in a beautiful, deep gorge that separates boaters from populated lands. Although roads are not far from the river in any section, ...
    •  18 miles
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    The White Salmon is one of the region's most popular rivers, set in a beautiful, deep gorge that separates boaters from populated ...

  • #8 Little Klickitat River, Washington: Olson Road to Klickitat River

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    Klickitat, WA

    The Little Klickitat River is a tiny, brushy stream that winds across a broad valley past open pastures. The river quickly starts to descend, however, dropping through small Class II to III stairstep ...
    •  10 miles
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    The Little Klickitat River is a tiny, brushy stream that winds across a broad valley past open pastures. The river quickly ...

  • #9 Wind River, Washington: Above Trout Creek to Columbia River

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    Trout Creek, WA

    The Wind River is a classic stream with plenty of action. It flows freely down the southern flanks of Mount Adams to the Columbia River near Carson Hot Springs. The springs make a wonderful end ...
    •  18 miles
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    The Wind River is a classic stream with plenty of action. It flows freely down the southern flanks of Mount Adams to the ...

  • #10 Grays River: South Fork to Highway 4

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    Grays River, WA

    The Grays River is located in the far southwest corner of Washington, and for this reason advanced boaters often overlook it. First-time boaters on the Grays will be pleasantly surprised to find ...
    •  5 miles
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    The Grays River is located in the far southwest corner of Washington, and for this reason advanced boaters often overlook ...

  • #11 Methow River - Calrton to McFarland Creek

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    Carlton, WA

    The Methow (pronounced MET-how) originates high in the North Cascades and runs with melting snow into the lake formed on the Columbia by Wells Dam near Pateros. The Indian name for the river ...
    •  3 to 4 hours
    •  10 miles
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    The Methow (pronounced MET-how) originates high in the North Cascades and runs with melting snow into the lake formed on ...

  • #12 Cispus River

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    Randle, WA

    The Cispus provides a pretty but little-known trip through the Gifford Pinchot National Forest. It has enjoyable Class 2 rapids at moderate water levels and a fairly long season. The Cispus ...
    •  2 to 3 hours
    •  8 miles
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    The Cispus provides a pretty but little-known trip through the Gifford Pinchot National Forest. It has enjoyable Class 2 ...

  • #13 Cowlitz River

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    Packwood, WA

    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 ...
    •  2 to 3 hours
    •  8 miles
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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 ...

  • #14 Naches River

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    Naches, WA

    The Naches derives its name from an Indian word meaning “plenty of water.” While this is dry country, there is usually plenty of water in the Naches during the May and June boating season. The ...
    •  5 to 7 hours (spring flows)
    •  26 miles
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    The Naches derives its name from an Indian word meaning “plenty of water.” While this is dry country, there is usually plenty ...

  • #15 Upper Middle Fork Snoqualmie River

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    North Bend, WA

    The Upper Middle Fork of the Snoqualmie provides a wilderness-like trip within an hour’s drive of the Seattle metropolitan area. With stunning mountain views and only one difficult rapid (which ...
    •  3 to 4 hours
    •  7 miles
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    The Upper Middle Fork of the Snoqualmie provides a wilderness-like trip within an hour’s drive of the Seattle metropolitan ...

  • #16 Skagit River

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    Newhalem, WA

    The Skagit River area is full of wonders. Paddle the river in early fall, and you’ll see salmon spawning. Paddle it during the winter months, and you’ll often be treated to the sight of bald ...
    •  2 to 3 hours
    •  9 miles
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    The Skagit River area is full of wonders. Paddle the river in early fall, and you’ll see salmon spawning. Paddle it during ...

  • #17 Lower Soleduck River

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    Forks , WA

    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 ...
    •  2 to 3 hours
    •  7 miles
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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 ...

  • #18 Elwha River

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    Port Angeles, WA

    The Elwha River provides summer boating in a pristine Olympic river valley with fine views of the surrounding mountains. It is easily reached just off US 101 a little west of Port Angeles. Elwha ...
    •  1.5 to 2 hours
    •  4 miles
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    The Elwha River provides summer boating in a pristine Olympic river valley with fine views of the surrounding mountains. ...

  • #19 Wenatchee River (Whitewater)

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    Peshastin, WA

    The Wenatchee is a snow-fed river running off the east side of the North Cascades. It is probably the most popular and frequently run river in Washington. After the winter snowpack has melted ...
    •  3 to 4 hours
    •  9 miles
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    The Wenatchee is a snow-fed river running off the east side of the North Cascades. It is probably the most popular and frequently ...

  • #20 Upper Soleduck River

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    Port Angeles, WA

    The Upper Soleduck is a step up in difficulty from the lower river, providing interesting rapids on a rain-forest odyssey. The rapids are not difficult at the moderate water levels found in spring ...
    •  2 to 3 hours
    •  7 miles
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    The Upper Soleduck is a step up in difficulty from the lower river, providing interesting rapids on a rain-forest odyssey. ...