SEASON: November to May
A few class II rapids. Be aware of trees.
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If you're looking for something a bit different and longer than your normal class 2 run then this might be the ticket. The heavy rains of the 2006-2007 season have left this run in relatively good shape. As is typical with any Olympic Peninsula river, wood is an issue. But thankfully the only wood encountered that required portaging and/or technical boat handling occurs before entering the canyon on this run (~first 4 miles) in the braided channel portion of this run.
You'll know when you are entering the canyon as a very large water fall will appear through the trees on river left and a large cliff comes out of the water. From here down the scenery gets better and better. Moss covered trees and more green than you could ever imagine will surround you. To add to this the water is absolutely clear and is fed by countless springs coming from either side. While not technical in nature, opportunities do arise for the occasional surf on one of the many small wave in the canyon. The overall geology is sandstone, with some very interesting rock formations and lots of clay in the upper portion of the reach.
Upon reaching the confluence with the West Fork Satsop, take a moment to look around. You'll also notice the water gets much greener at this point. Where these 2 rivers meet is truly one of thos special places. From this point you have about 3.5 miles to the takeout.
If you head out, a minimum of 500 cfs is recommended otherwise you'll be scraping or carrying more. And plan for a full day and arrive early. The shuttle is long (~25 miles one way) so plan accordingly.
All in all a nice wilderness style river for the class 2 paddler and/or those wanting something easy and long.
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Visual. Flows of around 500 cfs
are good. The Satsop gauge near Satsop
gives you some indication of what's
happening in the basin. The Canyon
River runs about 15% of the Satsop
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