Cowlitz - 1. La Wis Wis Campground to Packwood

Cowlitz, Washington, US


1. La Wis Wis Campground to Packwood

Usual Difficulty II (for normal flows)
Length 7.6 Miles

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
usgs-14226500 700 - 2000 cfs II 00h26m 614 cfs (too low)

River Description


The put-in access for this section is also the take-out for the much more challenging Ohanepecosh and Clear Fork Cowlitz runs. The turn-off for the La Wis Wis Campground is located along Highway 12 at mile 138, just west of the junction with Highway 123. Follow the campground road 0.5 miles down the hill, but instead of entering the campground turn right and then take an immediate left to the day-use picnic area right where the Clear Fork of the Cowlitz joins the Ohanepecosh (Northwest Forest Pass required). If you are paddling this run in the off season the campground may be closed.

StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2004-07-09 14:18:58

Rapid Descriptions

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User Comments

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May 27 2005 (4921 days ago)
David ElliottDetails
This run can be divided into 2 parts. The first 2 miles down to Jody's Bridge (FR1270) consists of
relatively steep class II rapids, with steep walls in the last half mile. The next 5 miles is a
broad glacial valley with the usual shallow braids and logs. Expect a portage or two in this lower

Either the recommended flow range or the gauge reading is questionable. I did this run at 1520cfs
in an inflatable kayak, and it was shallow from beginning to end. In the canyon section, the rapids
were shallow and scrapey. In the braided section, there were parts where none of the braids had
enough water to make a completely clean run.

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