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Difficulty III
Length 2 Miles
Gauge N/A
Flow Range
Reach Info Last Updated 11/08/2003 12:38 pm

River Description

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

for additional information see

  • Korb, G. 1997. A paddlers guide to the Olympic Peninsula. third edition..
  • local expert: Gary Korb & Carol Volk, 4930 Geiger Road, Port Orchard, WA 98366, 206-876-6780
  • Hood Canal Ranger District, South - USFS Olympic National Forest web site

Rapid Descriptions


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3 years ago

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.

No Gage

Gage Descriptions

Visual. Look for flows of around 250 cfs. There was a gauge on this creek (stn. 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.

Directions Description

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Addressing Road Problems in Olympic National Forest (WA)

Thomas O'Keefe

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.


Matt Muir


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