West Fork Washougal River West Fork Bridge to Washougal River

Washougal , Oregon

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The West Fork Washougal River is an exciting, steep, and technically demanding run for advanced boaters. In addition to countless class 3 to 4 rapids, the run boasts a gradient often in excess of 100 fpm, as well as five narrow falls that require precise boat handling or portages. At the put-in, the West Fork appears to be a shallow rock-strewn stream, but constant feeder streams quickly increase the flow. Within 1 mile of the put-in, the river begins to display its true character as it disappears over a horizon line at Teakettle Falls. This 16-foot double drop is generally run left at the bottom due to a rock and shallow landing in the middle. Scout/portage on the right. Numerous small ledges continue until boaters reach a large, narrow waterfall with a constricted exit. Scout on the left, and most will choose to seal launch below the rapid off the rock cliff on the left. Be careful after passing under the road bridge farther downstream as a nasty, narrow waterfall lies just around the next corner. Catch the small eddy on the left and walk down the rock shelf to a fun seal launch platform at the bottom of the falls. A small gorge with several sticky hydraulics is just downstream of a large basalt cliff on the left. Character: wooded canyon.

West Fork Washougal River: West Fork Bridge to Washougal River Professional Review and Guide

"The West Fork Washougal River is an exciting, steep, and technically demanding run for advanced boaters. In addition to countless class 3 to 4 rapids, the run boasts a gradient often in excess of 100 fpm, as well as five narrow falls that require precise boat handling or portages. At the put-in, the West Fork appears to be a shallow rock-strewn stream, but constant feeder streams quickly increase the flow. Within 1 mile of the put-in, the river begins to display its true character as it disappears over a horizon line at Teakettle Falls.

This 16-foot double drop is generally run left at the bottom due to a rock and shallow landing in the middle. Scout/portage on the right. Numerous small ledges continue until boaters reach a large, narrow waterfall with a constricted exit. Scout on the left, and most will choose to seal launch below the rapid off the rock cliff on the left. Be careful after passing under the road bridge farther downstream as a nasty, narrow waterfall lies just around the next corner. Catch the small eddy on the left and walk down the rock shelf to a fun seal launch platform at the bottom of the falls. A small gorge with several sticky hydraulics is just downstream of a large basalt cliff on the left. Character: wooded canyon."

Activity Type: Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Washougal
Distance: 7
Class: Class IV-V
Season: Best in rainy season; Flow: 400 cfs
Driving Directions: Directions to West Fork Washougal River: West Fork Bridge to Washougal River

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May 2018