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Altaire to Gauging Station Kayak & Canoe Touring on the Elwha River

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Altaire to Gauging Station Info
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Put In:  Altaire Campground
Take Out:  Gauging Station
Difficulty:  Class II , Class III
Run Length:  4
Streamflow Comments: 

Avg:1507 cfs.

Season Comments:  May, June, July, August
Primary Season: 
Hazards:  Logs.
Water Craft:  kayak,wwcan,raft,canoe,touring
Location:  In the Pacific Region (WA), of
Shuttle Logistics: 

Take Out: To reach the take-out from Port Angeles, WA drive West on US 101. Before crossing the Elwha River turn South on Olympic Hot Springs Rd. Heading toward Olympic National Park. One mile from US 101, turn into an unmarked gravel turnout next to a power pole. This is the take-out just downstream from the river gauge.

Put-In: Continue up the road on the East bank of the Elwha River and enter Olympic National Park. 1 mile into the park the road bends around the river at Fisherman's Bend, the most difficult rapid. Stop and scout it during the shuttle. Follow the road across the river to Altaire campground on your right.

Altaire to Gauging Station on the Elwha River

Last Edited by bradgoet on 4/21/2011

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