SEASON: November to May after heavy rainfall.
ACCESS: From Highway 12 milepost 11 take the Devonshire Rd. exit and head
north on Wynoochee River Rd. The pavement on this roller coaster of a road ends at mile 17.
Continue on another 17 miles where FR 22 makes a hard turn to the left at the junction with FR 23.
Take the turn to continue on FR 22 and in 2.0 miles you'll cross the Wynoochee River at the Fish
Hatchery Dam. It's another 0.5 miles west on FR 22 to the bridge across Big Creek. This is one
potential take-out although you can also paddle down the Wynoochee where you'll enter just
downstream from the fish collection dam. To reach the put-in take FR 2294 which runs along river
left for 1.3 miles to the bridge across the creek. You can also access this run from Highway 101
mile 112.6 (approximately 4 miles north of the bridge across the Humptulips). Look for the sign to
Wynoochee Lake Recreation Area of Highway 101, and take Donkey Creek Road (FR 22) east about
20 miles toward the Wynoochee River. For current information on roads check the Olympic National Forest web site (check rec reports for Hood
Canal District - South) or call (360) 877-5254.
This creek can be run by itself or paddlers can continue on down the Wynoochee.
The run starts out in a broad forested river valley and then cuts through a short narrow gorge
section. There are some big and impressive cedar trees along the canyon.
lat/long approximated by Tiger map server
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We ran it 11/18/2016 when Queets was 7270 cfs. Had 6 easy portages before getting to the canyon. We ran the ledge at the entrance of the canyon and saw logs at the big drop where both sides are vertical walls. We paddled back up to the River Left eddy, walked across and climbed the hill to scout the drop from the River Right. As it didn't look safe, we walked out. Fortunately, it was a short walk to the road. We flagged the trailhead. If I ever go back, I would scout the canyon first. It is only 1/4 mile from the Takeout.
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Visual. Look for flows of around
250 cfs. There was a gauge on this
12035450, 1972-1996, 9.57 sq.
mi.) but the fact that the Wynoohee is
dam controlled makes it difficult to
correlate flows to the Wynoochee USGS gauge
above Save Creek.
Permits are not required for this reach.
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The extensive road network in Olympic National Forest has deteriorated over the last few years with the reduction in logging intensity and corresponding lack of routine maintenance. The road failures have resulted in destruction of aquatic habitat and reduced access. Repair work and decommissioning has begun with the introduction of a new road management plan in fall 2002.
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