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Difficulty IV-V
Length 1.3 Miles
Gauge SATSOP RIVER NEAR SATSOP, WA
Flow Range 2500 - 7000 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 16 hours ago 249 [CFS]
Reach Info Last Updated 07/09/2004 4:28 pm

River Description


FUN FACT: Beautiful bedrock gorge with some great drops but difficult to scout or portage at river level.

SEASON: November to May

LOGISTICS: Head towards Shelton, WA and from Highway 101 mile 347.0 turn onto Dayton-Matlock Road headed west towards Matlock. Stay on this road for 15.2 miles (past a lake circled with vacation homes) to Matlock and there turn right onto West Beeville Road (this is at milepost 16.9). Stay on the main road for 5.0 miles miles (you'll pass farms) and then turn right at the T junction onto Kelley Road. From here it's 1.5 miles to an intersection where 5 forest roads come together. A short spur road, now closed, heads west to the river and the take-out. To reach the put-in, head north on FR 2341. You'll start to parrallel the river, scout carefully along the way, and in 1.3 miles you'll be at the bridge across Baker Creek. Scramble down the bank to the put-in.

DESCRIPTION:

This short section has some sweet whitewater and with great drops in a beautiful bedrock canyon. Scouting and portaging at river level are difficult and trees could form a serious hazard. If you want to run this section you'll probably want to scout the run from the road. It's a little more than a mile in length but a nice run if you're in the area.

lat/long approximated by Tiger map server

for additional information see

  • Korb, G. 1997. A paddlers guide to the Olympic Peninsula. third edition..
  • local expert: Gary Korb & Carol Volk, 4930 Geiger Road, Port Orchard, WA 98366, 206-876-6780

Rapid Descriptions

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9 years ago

Run on 11/27/09, no wood in the river. Really neat canyon. -Ben H

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14 years ago

Mark Corsentino reports as of April 2005:
Very high quality run. Lot's of drops you can't scout from river level though, but all are very clean, if you pick the right slot. You can scout some from above, but not all. Very tight box canyon in parts. There is one unfortunate and new landslide. Portage the top on river right, and you need to run the second half, which is fine. Short and sweet, similar to Stilly CC with more drops and cleaner water.

Gage Descriptions

Visual. Look for flows of around 400 cfs. The Satsop gauge near Satsop gives you some indication of what's happening in the basin. Flows of around 3000-4000 cfs are in the approximate range. The Middle Fork runs about 20% of the Satsop gauge, but flows on this upstream section are a bit less.

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Addressing Road Problems in Olympic National Forest (WA)

1/18/2003
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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Matt Muir

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