DESCRIPTION: 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. Easily scouted from the road, however remember that when scouting from above the gradient is not visible. Below here you will encounter a couple of fun class III rapids interspersed with fairly consistent class II.
LOGISTICS: 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 drift boat fishermen. This site requires a WDFW access permit which can be purchased at the Washougal Mercantile, among other places. To reach the put-in continue upstream to mile 9.9 where you will encounter the Mercantile 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. An alternate launch point that shortens the run is a short distance above Big Eddy at the Public Fishing Road and another launch point at milepost 7 is limited in parking capacity but allows people to join in two rapids below Big Eddy.
The main class IV drop on the run.
Realtime DOE gauge: https://fortress.wa.gov/ecy/wrx/wrx/flows/station.asp?sta=28B080
The WA DOE gauge reports flows for this run. NOAA provides a feed for the stage height of this gauge available through the AW website.
Permits are not required for this reach.
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Rapid on Washougal
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