Raging - Hwy 18 to Preston

Raging, Washington, US


Hwy 18 to Preston

Usual Difficulty III+ (for normal flows)
Length 3 Miles

Raging Putin

Raging Putin
Photo of Joe Sauve by Brian Vogt taken 2005.03.27 @ 700

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
usgs-12145500 600 - 800 cfs III+ 00h45m 12.5 cfs (too low)

River Description

This run begins as a small class III run just below the Hwy 18 bridge. This section is narrow and shallow and very prone to collection of wood. You should expect to get out a few times and portage, so be careful not to commit beyond what you can see is clear.

The banks are lined with houses much like the middle portion of the Preston to Falls City run. There are few rapids as well defined as Cheesegrater or the Canyon on the lower run, but there are few noticebly steeper sections, including a 2-foot boulder ledge.


To reach the putin for this run, return to eastbound I-90 and take the Hwy 18 exit. Driving south on Hwy 18 you'll encounter a bridge over the Raging roughly 1 mile south of the Hwy 18 - I-90 interchange. Park on the right south of the bridge, and walk down to the river. There is a gate here, and the road splits just beyond the gate -- bear right. It's a five minute carry to the river.

StreamTeam Status: Verified
Last Updated: 2005-08-30 17:14:11


Rapid Descriptions

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User Comments

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April 17 2006 (4477 days ago)
April 16, 2006
We put in at a friends house near the end of the Upper Preston Road. You could put in at the
bridge. Deep creek and another stream enter here adding to the flow. Still at 334 on the gauge it
was very low. We encountered a few log jams so watch out. The only really bad spot was where the
river split into three channels going right. The first two were blocked and the third had an even
worse log I portaged over. The IK got frequently on rocks but, I bounced over the rocks. The
steepest and most fun part was under a suspension footbridge.

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