Chehalis, W. Fork, Washington, US
|Usual Difficulty||III-IV (for normal flows)|
|Avg. Gradient||67 fpm|
|CHEHALIS RIVER NEAR DOTY, WA|
|usgs-12020000||2000 - 5000 cfs||III-IV||01h10m||34 cfs (too low)|
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.