Washougal, N. Fork - Mile 7 to Washougal River

Washougal, N. Fork, Washington, US


Mile 7 to Washougal River

Usual Difficulty IV-V (for normal flows)
Length 7 Miles

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
Washougal R. @ Hathaway Park
wadoe-28B080 2000 - 6000 cfs IV-V 05h34m 129 cfs (too low)

River Description

Can be run a bit lower than 2,000 cfs on the Washougal gauge if you are desperate.


A nice class IV run, with three harder drops that can be portaged.  The nastiest of these is just below a bridge, with an eddy on the left above.  Almost everyone takes the easy portage on the left on this one.

It's worth shore scouting most every horizon on this stream your first time down, as many rapids are straight forward with the correct line, but have cracks and undercuts in the wrong lines.  A couple of the horizons have been known to sneak up on people, but if you stay diligent it shouldn't be a problem.  Many people have shown themselves down safely.  If in doubt, stay to the outside of corners where the eddies above the surprise drops are found.

Once you know the lines and eddies, this is a low-stress, high-fun run.



check out the North/West Washougal page on Jason Rackley's site.

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Rapid Descriptions

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User Comments

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February 8 2006 (4542 days ago)
Joe SauveDetails
There is a DOE gauge on the Washougal:

You can also get a visual from the Washougal Road Bridge. If it looks medium low here the run is
probably at a medium level (it narrows up quite a bit in the gorge sections)

Ran on 1/29/06 from the Skamania Mines Road Bridge down to the Washougal (cutting out upper 2 miles
of creek) at about 3,500 cfs on the gauge. This was an excellent medium flow. Very fun creeking
with many fun class 3-4+ rapids and some fantastic surfing.

Your first time down be sure to watch for horizon lines. One in particular is a very recommended
portage a few drops past the Skamania Mines Rd. bridge... it's a 15 foot undercut drop. Real ugly.
Catch the small eddy on the left to portage.

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