Chehalis - 3 - Rainbow Falls to Meeskill


Chehalis, Washington, US

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3 - Rainbow Falls to Meeskill

Usual Difficulty II (for normal flows)
Length 3.2 Miles

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
CHEHALIS RIVER NEAR DOTY, WA
usgs-12020000 200 - 20000 cfs II 00h29m 29.7 cfs (too low)
Flow range for best boatability uncertain. Please help your fellow boaters with a comment or report.


River Description

Data based on National Park Service Study
StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2003-10-22 19:44:02

Rapid Descriptions

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User Comments

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March 30 2011 (2335 days ago)
2fasteddie (152816)
3-29-11 Ran the Chehalis river from Doty to halfway down River Rd. (approx. 6-8 miles) The water
was a blast, there were plenty of fun rapids with some slow water in between. It was a smooth run,
and a lot of fun. Rainbow falls was a nice shoot, I paddle a Dagger Centrifuge and it was my first
time ever going through any sort of real whitewater. The falls were easy to approach and upon
getting to them I had a little time to prep myself for the drop. I went right down the middle and
it shot me right through the wave at the bottom. I was able to paddle past the eddy's at the
bottom. My buddy went down and the wave at the bottom made his boat do a 180 but he was able to
paddle into the eddy and regain himself. There is a small gorge about a mile down river from
Rainbow Falls which had some weird whirlpools but we paddled through them just fine. There were a
few more fun holes and rapid sets before we reached the lower falls (just past the military
bridge). The lower falls were more of a shoot than a drop, followed by a nice little set of rapids.
We pulled out to the beach on the right. It was a great day!


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