Washougal River Dougan Falls to Salmon Falls

Washougal River, Oregon

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Although it is less than an hour from the Portland–Vancouver area, this section of the upper Washougal is not often run. This apparent lack of popularity may be due to the dramatic changes in character of the river over this 6-mile stretch. In the upper section, long stretches of flat water, with occasional class 2 or 3 rapids, appeal to intermediate boaters; but the gorge presents class 4 to 5 water and is difficult to portage. Remember that the banks are private property above the high-water line. Be respectful of private property. A concrete weir is 1.5 miles from the put-in and just downstream from a short class 3 drop. It is marked by a wire across the river. Portage right. A wooden dam lies just beyond the highway bridge. From December 1 through September 15, sections of the dam are removed for migrating salmon, and it can be run on the left. Otherwise, portage on the right. Both portages can be scouted on the way to the put-in. Character: wooded; fishing.
Soggy Sneakers: A Paddler's Guide to Oregon's Rivers

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Soggy Sneakers: A Paddler's Guide to Oregon's Rivers

by Pete Giordano & the Willamette Kayak and Canoe Club (The Mountaineers Books)

Although it is less than an hour from the Portland–Vancouver area, this section of the upper Washougal is not often run. This apparent lack of popularity may be due to the dramatic changes in character of the river over this 6-mile stretch. In the upper section, long stretches of flat water, with occasional class 2 or 3 rapids, appeal to intermediate boaters; but the gorge presents class 4 to 5 water and is difficult to portage. Remember that the banks are private property above the high-water line.

Be respectful of private property. A concrete weir is 1.5 miles from the put-in and just downstream from a short class 3 drop. It is marked by a wire across the river. Portage right. A wooden dam lies just beyond the highway bridge. From December 1 through September 15, sections of the dam are removed for migrating salmon, and it can be run on the left. Otherwise, portage on the right. Both portages can be scouted on the way to the put-in. Character: wooded; fishing.

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Activity Type: Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Washougal River
Distance: 6
Class: Class III-IV
Season: Best in rainy season; Flow: 700 cfs; 2000 cfs
Driving Directions: Directions to Washougal River: Dougan Falls to Salmon Falls

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