Chehalis River / Lower Black River Oakville to Porter

Oakville, Washington 98568

Chehalis River / Lower Black River Oakville to Porter

Chehalis River / Lower Black River: Oakville to Porter Professional Review and Guide

"The Oakville-to-Porter run is a pleasant paddle on a moderate-sized river that flows through a broad, undeveloped agricultural valley. The banks are well vegetated with shrubs, grasses, second-growth timber, and non-timber species.

The lower Black River is shallow and narrow, with a gravel bottom and abundant aquatic vegetation; its lower 2 miles revert to southern swamp—slow with heavily wooded banks. The Chehalis between the mouth of the Black River and the Oakville access flows through farmlands with fields often nudging the river itself. It has plenty of gravel bars and lots of timber trash as well."

Chehalis River / Lower Black River: Oakville to Porter Reviews

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8/13/2007
We tried to use this as a float trip using infaltable kayaks. The river was extremely shallow for the first 4-5 miles and it took us 7+ hours! Even if we had been in river canoes or proper kayaks, we would have had to paddle non-stop to complete this trip in 3 hours. We also would have drug bottom a lot too... Great, placid run but also a very slow one! Mike
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Trail Information

Oakville
Nearby City
18
Distance
3 hours; from lower Black River, 6 hours
Duration
Class I-II
Class
Best: Year-round, but best spring through fall
Season
Grays Harbor County Visitors Guide; Grays Harbor Chamber of Commerce; Washington Coast Chamber of Commerce; Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife website for Wildlife Areas and Access Points
Local Contacts
USGS Malone
Local Maps

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Jul 2018