Difficulty V+
Length 0 Miles
Flow Range 300 - 3000 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 37 minutes ago 293 [CFS] ℹ️
Reach Info Last Updated 06/14/2020 9:14 pm

River Description

This section of river includes four big waterfalls: Taitnapum (aka Taidnapam), Upper Lewis Falls, Middle Lewis Falls, and Lower Lewis Falls. All are for skilled paddlers with solid experience running big drops and a full safety team. Ideal flows for each drop vary with flow. 

PDX River Explorers has some good beta: Lewis River Waterfall Run

Logistics: The most direct route for most paddlers is to take Highway 530 from I-5 east into Gifford Pinchot National Forest where the road transitions to FR 90 (you can also come in from the Trout Lake side once the road is clear of snow). The Lower Falls Recreation Area is at mile 29.7 on FR 90. The Middle Falls Trailhead is at mile 30.8. The Upper Falls Trailhead at Quartz Creek is at mile 32.5. You can follow this trail along Quartz Creek to the point where it joins the Lewis River just upstream of Taitnapum Falls. The trail is very popular in the summer and you can expect to have spectators.

Rapid Descriptions


Class - V Mile - -75.2
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A 16' waterfall just downstream of Quartz Creek.

Upper Lewis River Falls

Class - 5.2 Mile - -74.9
58' Waterfall 

Middle Lewis River Falls

Class - V Mile - -74
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33' waterfall

Lower Lewis River Falls

Class - 5.2 Mile - -72.5
43' waterfall


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Revision #Revision DateAuthorComment
1212581 06/01/19 Thomas O'Keefe updated image position
1215299 06/14/20 Thomas O'Keefe updated description
1215300 06/14/20 Thomas O'Keefe updated description
1215301 06/14/20 Thomas O'Keefe updated description
1215302 06/14/20 Thomas O'Keefe updated description
1210894 01/24/19 Thomas O'Keefe photo changed
1200413 07/14/11 Matt Muir Added signature photo & lynx to photo & video.
1194826 08/14/20 n/a flow range