NOTE: Access to this run is currently closed as the road up the Chehalis was damaged during a flood. Access may be restored sometime in 2011.
This creek is on Weyerhaeuser's McDonald Tree Farm which is 2 miles out of Pe Ell. Complete directions can be found on the Chehalis page. Once you reach the confluence of the East and West Fork Chehalis (9.9 miles from the first bridge across the Chehalis in the McDonald Tree Farm), continue straight on the 1000 road which run along river left. You will cross the river 3 times (at mile 10.7, 11.0, and 13.2 from the first bridge). Put in at this third bridge on downstream river right.
This creek has half a dozen fun ledge drops and at higher flows serves as an alternate put-in for a run on the Chehalis that gives you a few more rapids.
Ran the WF on 1/29/06 @ 3000 and rising on the doty gauge. This was a fine medium level. Could definitely go higher too. At this level it required a stretch of imagination to call it class 4. It was more like class 3 with a couple spots that pushed class 4-. Still quite fun and no major wood issues. This is a great "intro to creeking" type run. Ledgy, but not intimidating.
American Whitewater Comments on Washington State Department of Ecology’s Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed Chehalis River Basin Flood Damage Reduction Project
This flow is for the Chehalis and actual flow on
this tributary will be considerably lower. It
should be good when flows are up above
2000 cfs although you can likely bump down
at slightly lower flows.
Permits are not required for this reach.
We have no additional detail on this route.
Use the map below to calculate how
to arrive to the main town from your zipcode.
Rapid on West Fork
West Fork Chehalis
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The Chehalis River has one of Washington state’s longest continuous sections of Class III whitewater, yet it remains relatively unknown to many paddlers due to access issues involving restrictive policies of a private timber company. A new flood control dam proposal would eliminate 14 miles of this wild and free-flowing Class III whitewater (West Fork to Pe Ell), forever keeping paddlers from discovering this underused trove of quality whitewater in southwestern Washington. Paddlers and other river enthusiasts have an opportunity to provide input on the fate of the Chehalis River by submitting a comment on their Draft Environmental Impact Statement. Take this opportunity to comment and help protect this free-flowing river today! Take Action Today
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