Difficulty III+(V)
Length 11.5 Miles
Gauge EAST FORK LEWIS RIVER NEAR HEISSON, WA
Flow Range 500 - 2500 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 16 hours ago 88.8 [CFS]
Reach Info Last Updated 06/11/2019 8:26 pm

River Description


The run starts out with Moulton Falls, accessed from a day use area that provides parking for the put-in. You can scout out lines for the falls but most put in just downstream.


The river kicks off with some fun class II and then drops over LaLonde's Drop. More fun rapids continue down to Hantwick Road Bridge. As you approach this bridge the river enters a narrow canyon with a great entrance drop that takes you straight through a big wave hole. As you exit the canyon you find yourself a cool bedrock slot that flows down under the bridge.


As you reach a big eddy with a horizon line a short distance downstream of the Hantwick Bridge you're at the horizon line for Lucia Falls. The falls located in a county park has been run although "water contact recreation" is formally prohibited in the park. During the salmon run, fish rest in the pools at the base of the rapid before shooting upstream and the idea is to limit disturbance to the fish. You can use the trails through the park to portage on river right which also serves as an alternate put-in access for the lower half of the run.


Downstream from Lucia Falls the run continues with more great whitewater. Things get interesting again as you approach Heisson Bridge. Here the river flows over what is either a technical boulder garden (at lower flows) or a bouncy flush through a well-padded boulder garden (at higher flows). As you pass under the bridge you pass through another incredible mini canyon carved into the bedrock by the power of the river.


A couple more fun rapids keep things interesting as you continue on down to the take-out in Lewisville Park.

Rapid Descriptions

Moulton Falls

Class - 5.0 Mile - -25.5
Moulton Falls has been run but most launch from the rocks at the downstream end of the rapid. If you are thinking to run be sure to scout out the wall on river right.

Canyon at Hantwick Bridge

Class - III+ Mile - -21.9
A beautiful little canyon that starts out with a big wave hole then twists and turns through the bedrock.

Lucia Falls

Class - 5.0 Mile - -21.5
Lucia Falls has been run although the county posted the area for no water contact recreation. The downstream end of the falls is commonly used as a put-in for a shorter run.

Heisson Bridge Rapid

Class - III+ Mile - -19
A fun drop you can easily scout on the shuttle.

Lewisville Park Boat Ramp

Class - Mile - -14.3
The boat ramp in the park provides convenient access to the river.

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USGS gauge near Heisson along this reach.

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Revision #Revision DateAuthorComment
1212580 06/01/19 n/a updated image position
1191942 12/14/03 n/a n/a
1212840 06/11/19 n/a updated image position