The begining of a great section of class III boulder garden rapids.
A WDFW access with parking and boat ramp.
We ran this stretch (only to the 101 bridge) at 1170 CFS and it was great fun! In a canoe and 2 kayaks. Any lower though and it would get pretty scrapey
Good high water option. We ran over the Thanksgiving 2017 holiday and found the run clean with no hazards. The class III section is all too short but it is fun around 4000 cfs.
Ran it at 4200 cfs (with the gage on the rise). Still good features at the higher flow. Swift current but nothing more than class III+. The best whitewater is between the campground and the North Fork confluence. A few legacy old-growth sitka spruce along the way.
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The Calwah now has a realtime gauge. Flows are approximate based on only a couple of data points. You can get down the river as low as 500 cfs but expect to bump and grind a few times. High water runs are certainly possible for experienced paddlers. You can get a good visual on flows by driving the shuttle road particularly as you drive past the North Fork confluence.
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