Washougal River Prospector Creek to Stebbins Creek

Washougal , Oregon

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The Upper Washougal is a great run for advanced boaters looking for some challenging boulder gardens and fun waterfalls. Just upstream of Prospector Creek is a narrow plunge that tends to push boaters against the right wall and a fun 10-foot waterfall. The waterfall should be run down the center to avoid the shallow landing on the right and left sides. The crux of the run is the steep, congested gorge immediately below Prospector Creek. The gorge starts out with a fun, ledgy class 4 rapid and builds into solid class 5. Scout each drop carefully as several have dangerous undercuts. These drops get extremely pushy and difficult to portage at high water. Once through the gorge, the river continues to drop through some fun boulder gardens before the next major horizon line. This drop can only be run on the far left as the right side drops onto and through a nasty boulder pile. The river is class 2 to 3 below this ledge, although several more fun ledge drops, including a riverwide 10-foot falls, spice up the remainder of the run until boaters arrive at Doc’s Drop. Scout this 20-foot broken falls before the run as the lines are difficult to see at river level. The far right can be rocky at very low water. The far left side is also runnable. Character: isolated, forested, gorge.

Washougal River: Prospector Creek to Stebbins Creek Professional Review and Guide

"The Upper Washougal is a great run for advanced boaters looking for some challenging boulder gardens and fun waterfalls. Just upstream of Prospector Creek is a narrow plunge that tends to push boaters against the right wall and a fun 10-foot waterfall. The waterfall should be run down the center to avoid the shallow landing on the right and left sides. The crux of the run is the steep, congested gorge immediately below Prospector Creek. The gorge starts out with a fun, ledgy class 4 rapid and builds into solid class 5.

Scout each drop carefully as several have dangerous undercuts. These drops get extremely pushy and difficult to portage at high water. Once through the gorge, the river continues to drop through some fun boulder gardens before the next major horizon line. This drop can only be run on the far left as the right side drops onto and through a nasty boulder pile. The river is class 2 to 3 below this ledge, although several more fun ledge drops, including a riverwide 10-foot falls, spice up the remainder of the run until boaters arrive at Doc’s Drop. Scout this 20-foot broken falls before the run as the lines are difficult to see at river level. The far right can be rocky at very low water. The far left side is also runnable. Character: isolated, forested, gorge."

Activity Type: Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Washougal
Distance: 4.5
Class: Class IV-V
Season: Best in rainy/snowmelt season; Flow: 300–700 cfs
Driving Directions: Directions to Washougal River: Prospector Creek to Stebbins Creek

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May 2018