SEASON: Winter rain storms.
ACCESS: The take-out is right off Highway 101 at mile 176.7 where you will find the turn
for the DNR's Hoh Oxbow Recreation Area. This site is on the upstream river right side of the Highway
101 Bridge, and campsites are provided along with river access. To reach the put-in go to Highway 101
mile 178.6 and turn onto the Upper Hoh Road which parrallels the river. You will pass two DNR
Campgrounds that provide potential access points: Willoughby (mile 3.6) and and Minnie Peterson (mile
4.7). The most popular access point on the run is located 7.3 miles up the road and known as
Morgan's Crossing. In 12.5 miles you will reach the park entrance station and a nearby river access. If
you continue upstream, it's 18.5 miles from Highway 101 to the Ranger Station which is the end of the
road and the upper put-in near the campground.
Although each coastal river is unique, this run is similar to the
Queets, Quinault, or Bogachiel. It's a large floodplain river with some
powerful current and impressive log jams (that can create hazards for
novice boaters). The river is particularly popular with steelhead fishermen who flock to this river during
the winter fishing season. You can put-in at the campground within the Park near
the Hoh Ranger Station--this is the most popular site where tourists come to "see" the rainforest.
While there are many other more
beautiful places in the Park, this is the place to go for the half
hour look and there is a nice interpretive trail.
You can start your run from the campground but this is generally less popular. The hazard rating
due to wood is slightly higher from the campground to the
confluence with the South Fork near the park entrance station, a distance of approximately 6 miles.
Once you pass the South Fork, the river becomes large enough that wood hazards become less of an
issue although you
still need to use extreme caution. Wood is the primary hazard to be prepared for along the length of
this run and it's not a good place for novice paddlers without an experienced guide.
The run from the entrance station boat ramp to Morgan's Crossing is a popular 6 mile day trip and
has one somewhat challenging section just above Coons Bar, which is located a couple miles upstream
of Morgan's Crossing. The other popular trip is to start from Morgan's Crossing and continue down to
the Oxbow Recreation Area, and 8.5 mile trip. The most challenging rapids of this section are created
by the exposed bedrock at the Oxbow, but at moderate flows these are class II.
Paddlers can continue on downstream beyond the Highway 101 bridge, but these lower sections of
the river are generally not considered a whitewater trip.
lat/long approximated by Tiger map server
for additional information see
Memo and supporting documents on rivers eligible for Wild and Scenic designation within Olympic National Park
A comprehensive guide to 75 river runs on Washington's beautiful Olympic Peninsula.
Check the USGS Hoh gauge and look for
flows of around 1500 cfs.
Permits are not required for this reach.
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