Canyon River (Satsop trib.) - FR 2260 to Cougar Smith Rd.

Canyon River (Satsop trib.), Washington, US


FR 2260 to Cougar Smith Rd.

Usual Difficulty II (for normal flows)
Length 12.5 Miles
Avg. Gradient 20 fpm

River Description

SEASON: November to May


A few class II rapids. Be aware of trees.

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

StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2001-02-23 01:17:23

Rapid Descriptions

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User Comments

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February 19 2007 (4232 days ago)
Nick NewhallDetails
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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