Klickitat River Leidl Campground to Icehouse Public Access

Klickitat, Oregon

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This is a run for those who want to see beautiful basalt cliffs and ponderosa pines, not for those who want wild whitewater. The 40 class 1 rapids and a few class 2 rapids offer plenty of action for open canoers and beginning kayakers. The canyon is nearly 2 miles wide and 1500 feet deep. The first 12 miles are on Washington State land, but from 1 mile above the Little Klickitat on down is private land. Because plenty of logs are on this river, practice log recognition and log dodging elsewhere before attempting this run. The put-in is at Leidl Campground, rivermile 33, at the boat ramp below the bridge or at a sandy beach 0.3 mile upstream. The river is braided with many channels for the first 7 miles. The first class 2 rapids is 2.5 miles below the Leidl bridge along a low rock wall on the left. Sneak, scout, or portage right. Stimpson Flats Campground, an alternate river access point, is 0.5 mile farther. A good shaded campground is on the right at rivermile 28, and an abandoned homestead is on a bench to the west. At rivermile 24.5, a fourwheel- drive road comes down to the river. About 5 miles downstream is a series of waves and holes that can be avoided by staying left. Character: wooded canyon.

Klickitat River: Leidl Campground to Icehouse Public Access Professional Review and Guide

"This is a run for those who want to see beautiful basalt cliffs and ponderosa pines, not for those who want wild whitewater. The 40 class 1 rapids and a few class 2 rapids offer plenty of action for open canoers and beginning kayakers. The canyon is nearly 2 miles wide and 1500 feet deep. The first 12 miles are on Washington State land, but from 1 mile above the Little Klickitat on down is private land. Because plenty of logs are on this river, practice log recognition and log dodging elsewhere before attempting this run. The put-in is at Leidl Campground, rivermile 33, at the boat ramp below the bridge or at a sandy beach 0.3 mile upstream.

The river is braided with many channels for the first 7 miles. The first class 2 rapids is 2.5 miles below the Leidl bridge along a low rock wall on the left. Sneak, scout, or portage right. Stimpson Flats Campground, an alternate river access point, is 0.5 mile farther. A good shaded campground is on the right at rivermile 28, and an abandoned homestead is on a bench to the west. At rivermile 24.5, a fourwheel- drive road comes down to the river. About 5 miles downstream is a series of waves and holes that can be avoided by staying left. Character: wooded canyon."

Activity Type: Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Klickitat
Distance: 17
Class: Class II
Season: Best year-round; Flow: 500–3500 cfs
Driving Directions: Directions to Klickitat River: Leidl Campground to Icehouse Public Access

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May 2018