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Canyon Creek - The Classic Lower Whitewater Kayaking Trip on the Lewis River

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Canyon Creek - The Classic Lower Info
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Put In:  Above Fly Creek
Take Out:  Lake Merwin
Difficulty:  Class IV to V @ 500 - 1,000 cfs , Class V @ 1,000 - 1,500 cfs , Portage
Gradient:  120 fpm
Run Length:  4.7 miles
Current Streamflow:  117 cfs @ 12/14/2016 11:00 AM - CANYON CREEK NEAR AMBOY, WA, reading taken from USGS
Good Level:  500 - 1,500 cfs
Season Comments:  January, February, March, April, November, December
Primary Season: 

This section of creek only runs during the rainy season, usually after a few days of heavy rain

Permit:  None presently required
Character/Similar To:  Pool drop rapids through a very scenic canyon. This section of Canyon Creek has a handful of fun challenging waterfalls seperated by short sections of class IV read and run whitewater.
Hazards:  Because of recent logging incidents the first big rapid on this run is now unrunable and contains the largest log jam most kayakers will ever see. Needless to say this is a mandatory portage. There is a large log in the river right side of the Hammering Spot Rapid.
Water Craft:  kayak,wwcan
Land Ownership:  Mixed public and private, according to local beta the private landowner in this area does not like kayakers
Wilderness:  Yes
Location:  In the Pacific Region (WA), 162 miles (2 hours 56 minutes) South of Seattle
Shuttle Logistics: 

Put In: From Amboy take NE 277th Street .2 miles west to Highway 503. Head north for 4 miles and turn right onto Healy Road. Continue for 2.3 miles, go straight through the 4-way stop and continue for another 1.4 miles to the first bridge at Fly Creek, this is the put in.

Take Out: Return to Highway 503 from the put in and drive north for 2.7 miles to the take out at the bridge crossing Lake Merwin.

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