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Difficulty V+
Length 3 Miles
Flow Range 6.00 - 11.00 FT
Flow Rate as of: 7 years ago 10.57 [FT] ℹ️
Reach Info Last Updated 08/05/2015 9:00 pm

River Description

SEASON: Throughout the year when water is low and put-in access is not snowed in.

LOGISTICS: From Highway 101 travel 11 miles west along the Dosewallips River Road 2610 to Elkhorn campground and the take-out. To reach the put-in continue up 2610 another 2.5 miles to the base of Upper Dosewallips Falls. NOTE: A washout 1 mile before the campground has closed road access to this run (you can still hike in). Funding is currently unavailable to repair the road. Contact the USFS Quilcene office at 360-765-2200 if you'd like to make a comment on the proposal for the future of this road (options include rebuilding at the washout or developing a new trailhead and leaving road access closed beyond the washout).


Steep creek run in a boulder-filled gorge with a number of portages.

Video of First Raft Descent.

lat/long very approximate from tiger map server

for additional information see:

Rapid Descriptions


Gage Descriptions

There is now a DOE gage for this river and we have a feed from NOAA to the AW website but it reports in stage height. Generally paddled at low water levels around 200 cfs but can be run higher. Historically there was a USGS gauge on this river (stn. 1205300, 1931-1968, 93.5 sq. mi.) but it is no longer active.

Directions Description

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Addressing Road Problems in Olympic National Forest (WA)

Thomas O'Keefe

The extensive road network in Olympic National Forest has deteriorated over the last few years with the reduction in logging intensity and corresponding lack of routine maintenance. The road failures have resulted in destruction of aquatic habitat and reduced access. Repair work and decommissioning has begun with the introduction of a new road management plan in fall 2002.

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Dosewallips River Road Repairs (WA)

Thomas O'Keefe

During the winter storm of January 2002, the Dosewallips River Road (FS 2610) suffered major damage at mile post 10, which effectively closed the road. The FS issued a decision that has been appealed. The public can provide comment on this plan through May 22nd.

Thomas O'Keefe


Matt Muir


Revision #Revision DateAuthorComment
1201120 03/11/12 Thomas O'Keefe gps edits
1201122 08/05/15 Thomas O'Keefe access updated
1201121 03/11/12 Thomas O'Keefe copy edits
1198597 11/07/10 Thomas O'Keefe copy edits
1191898 12/14/05 n/a gage added
1198614 11/08/10 Thomas O'Keefe gage edits