American - 1. Lodgepole Campground to Hell's Crossing


American, Washington, US

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1. Lodgepole Campground to Hell's Crossing

Usual Difficulty II-III+ (for normal flows)
Length 7.5 Miles

DOT Rapid


DOT Rapid
Photo of Omar Jepperson by Thomas O'Keefe В© taken 05/07/07 @ 530 cfs

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
AMERICAN RIVER NEAR NILE, WA
usgs-12488500 300 - 600 cfs II-III+ 00h47m 636 cfs (too high)


River Description

While there are a couple rapids on this run, much of it is low gradient that includes some sections of braided channel with massive log jams. One rapid is worth checking out if you happen to be in the area and want a quick whitewater fix. From Lodgepole Campground it's only a short distance down to a fun class IV drop behind the DOT site. The rapid is a two pitch drop with a couple of fun holes to punch. Be sure to scout as there could be log hazards in play.

Logistics: The Forest Service Lodgepole Campground, the put-in, is located at Highway 410 mile 76.7. Access is available on the upstream river left side of the bridge. The Forest Service Hell's Crossing Campground, the take-out, is located at Highway 410 mile 83.5. Alternativley you can just hike back up to the road from anywhere on this run.


StreamTeam Status: Verified
Last Updated: 2008-04-23 00:34:46

Rapid Summary

Mile Rapid Name Class Features (Legend)
-13.4DOT RapidIV+Photo

Rapid Descriptions

DOT Rapid (Class IV+, Mile -13.4)

DOT Rapid

DOT Rapid
Photo of Omar Jepperson by Thomas O'Keefe В© taken 05/07/07 @ 530 cfs

A fun rapid if you're in the area for a "park and huck".




User Comments

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May 31 2007 (3679 days ago)
Thomas O'KeefeDetails
We went to check out this run on May 27th, 2007. We encountered some massive log jams and ended up
walking along the road in several spots. Gradient is probably too low in spots for this to ever
really clean up and probably best to just start at Hell's Crossing and continue on down onto the
Bumping/Naches if you're looking for a longer run.


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Associated Projects

  • Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest (WA)
    The Okanogan and Wenatchee National Forests are home to some great whitewater runs and AW has in interest in protecting the resource values of these rivers.