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Copper Creek Whitewater Kayaking Trip on the Lewis River

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Copper Creek Info
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Put In:  Roads End
Take Out:  East Fork Lewis River
Difficulty:  Class IV , Class V , Portage
Gradient:  125 fpm
Run Length:  6.1 miles
Good Level:  300 - 800 cfs
Streamflow Comments: 

There is no gauge for this creek. Look for about 100 - 150 cfs at the put in. If you can float without hitting the bottom to much at the put in then there should be enough water.

Season Comments:  January, February, March, November, December
Primary Season: 

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

Permit:  None presently required
Character/Similar To:  This run begins as a very low volume flat creek. Shortly after putting in the gradient begins to increase and water is collected from side creeks. There are many waterfalls on this run mixed with a few class IV rapids.
Hazards:  There are many rapids that demand scouting on this creek. Portaging Certain Death Rapid is highly recommended. Scout every thing from river right because the land on river left is private property.
Water Craft:  kayak,wwcan
Land Ownership:  Mixed public and private
Wilderness:  No
Camping on River:  Nearest camping is at Sunset Falls Campground, this is a great place to camp because you can hike up river and run laps on Sunset Falls.
Location:  In the Pacific Region (WA), 181 miles (3 hours 34 minutes) South of Seattle
Shuttle Logistics: 

Take Out: From the town of Battle Ground take Highway 503 north, in 5.4 miles turn right onto Rock Creek Road. Continue up this road for 7.8 miles, at some point it will become Lucia Falls Road. Just past Moulton Falls County Park turn right onto NE Sunset Falls Road. Follow this road for 3.5 miles to a large pullout on the right side of the road, this is the take out.

Put In: From the take out continue up Sunset Falls Road for 3.6 miles to Sunset Falls Day Use Area. Cross over the bridge shortly after entering the day use area and turn left and continue for 3.1 miles to the intersection with FR 4109. If you turn right you will quickly arrive at the put in bridge for the lower portion of Copper Creek. To reach the upper portion continue straight through the intersection, in .6 miles you will reach a gate. If the gate is open continue driving to the put in, if it is closed make the .5 mile hike to the put in.

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