Chehalis, W. Fork - mile 3 to Chehalis River

Chehalis, W. Fork, Washington, US


mile 3 to Chehalis River

Usual Difficulty III-IV (for normal flows)
Length 3 Miles
Avg. Gradient 67 fpm

West Fork Chehalis

West Fork Chehalis
Photo of Dawn Meekhof by Thomas O'Keefe © taken 01/31/04 @ 2500 cfs

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
usgs-12020000 2000 - 5000 cfs III-IV 00h30m 123 cfs (too low)

River Description

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.

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Last Updated: 2010-09-15 15:51:09


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User Comments

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January 31 2006 (4670 days ago)
Joe SauveDetails
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.

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