ACCESS: At Highway 101 mile 126.5 head east up South Shore Road. Drive past Quinault Lake and follow the road a few miles to a bridge that crosses the Quinault River and connects with North Shore Road. This is the put-in or you can continue up the South Shore Road and put-in near Howe Creek. You can takeout a few miles back down the road at a driftboat access on river left.
Like the Queets this is really more of a fishing river than a kayak run. There are a couple of little waves and eddy lines to play around on, but other than that you come here for the enjoyment of floating down a beautiful floodplain river. Beware of log jams. The current is powerful and in some cases these jams can create class III hazards.
for additional information see:
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.
USGS Quinault gauge at the lake
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