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:
Korb, G. 1997. A paddlers guide to the Olympic Peninsula. third edition.
Bennett, J. and T. Bennett. 1997. A guide to the whitewater rivers of Washington, second edition. Swiftwater Publishing. Portland, OR.
Hood Canal Ranger District, North - USFS Olympic National Forest web site
Olympic National Park website
Ruling of the U.S. Supreme Court regarding the proposed hydropower project on the Dosewallips River.
Memo and supporting documents on rivers eligible for Wild and Scenic designation within Olympic National Park
A comprehensive guide to 75 river runs on Washington's beautiful Olympic Peninsula.
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 but it is no longer active.
Permits are not required for this reach.
We have no additional detail on this route.
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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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