Klickitat River Icehouse Public Access to Rivermile 5

Lyle, Oregon

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Fun rapids and good surfing waves are found on this run. The river is pool drop with some long rock gardens that can be seen from the road. The last 5.5 miles of the run are in the Columbia Gorge National Scenic Area. Some of the land is private and posted. Do not land or stop for lunch on private land. Some of the rapids can be scouted during the shuttle. The rapids 0.3 mile above the take-out is the most difficult; scout or portage river left. At low water (1000 cfs), scout by walking up from the takeout but prepare to get soggy sneakers. It is a difficult scout from river right at high water. Scout or portage the dam at the Klickitat Mill on the right. Another difficult drop is about 1 mile below the Pitt Bridge; scout or portage left. If you continue beyond the take-out, beware: You will run into a class 6 waterfall in 2.5 miles. Character: forested; roaded; residential.

Klickitat River: Icehouse Public Access to Rivermile 5 Professional Review and Guide

"Fun rapids and good surfing waves are found on this run. The river is pool drop with some long rock gardens that can be seen from the road. The last 5.5 miles of the run are in the Columbia Gorge National Scenic Area. Some of the land is private and posted. Do not land or stop for lunch on private land. Some of the rapids can be scouted during the shuttle. The rapids 0.3 mile above the take-out is the most difficult; scout or portage river left.

At low water (1000 cfs), scout by walking up from the takeout but prepare to get soggy sneakers. It is a difficult scout from river right at high water. Scout or portage the dam at the Klickitat Mill on the right. Another difficult drop is about 1 mile below the Pitt Bridge; scout or portage left. If you continue beyond the take-out, beware: You will run into a class 6 waterfall in 2.5 miles. Character: forested; roaded; residential."

Activity Type: Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Lyle
Distance: 11
Class: Class II-III
Season: Best year-round; Flow: 500–1000 cfs; 1500+ cfs
Driving Directions: Directions to Klickitat River: Icehouse Public Access to Rivermile 5

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May 2018