Washougal, Washington, US
4 - Highway 140 to Washougal (Big Eddy Section)
||III-IV (for normal flows)
Rapid on Washougal
Rapid on WashougalPhoto of Beth Karp by Thomas O'Keefe taken 11/12/10 @ 5.80 ft
This is a great run close to Portland that's a mix of several class II rapids, a couple of class
III drops, and one great class IV. It flows during winter rains. The run starts out with a couple
miles of class II rapids and the action picks up as you approach Big Eddy. This class IV boulder
garden is the biggest drop on the run. Below here you will encounter a couple of fun class III
rapids interspersed with fairly consistent class II.
At Highway 14 mile marker 16 turn north onto 15th St. into Washougal following the sign for City
Center. In 0.4 mile this street becomes Washougal River Road and you cross the river and start
heading upstream on river right. There are several homes along the river and public access is
limited so you'll need to use the WDFW fishing access sites. The take-out is at Washougal River
Road mile marker 3.0. There is a pull out and ramp down to the river used by driftboat fishermen.
This site requires a WDFW access permit. To reach the put-in continue upstream to mile 9.9 where
you will encounter the store and Ten Mile Bridge which crosses the river. Head across to river
left and immediately turn right on Sportsman's Road. Head a couple hundred yards downstream to
the WDFW public access site between a couple of homes. The public access point is located on the
downstream river left side of the bridge and within site of it.
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Last Updated: 2010-11-13 15:22:26