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East Fork Lewis River - The Upper Whitewater Kayaking Trip on the Lewis River

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East Fork Lewis River - The Upper Info
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Put In:  Green Fork
Take Out:  Sunset Falls
Difficulty:  Class IV , Class V , Portage
Gradient:  109 fpm
Run Length:  5.5 miles
Current Streamflow:  1150 cfs @ 12/14/2016 11:00 AM - EAST FORK LEWIS RIVER NEAR HEISSON, WA, reading taken from USGS
Good Level:  500 - 1,000 cfs
Season Comments:  January, February, March, November, December
Primary Season: 

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

Permit:  None presently required
Character/Similar To:  Tight technical boulders gardens with continuous gradient. Mostly class IV rapids with a few class V mixed in. First timers to this run should scout almost every horizon line. This run ends with an exciting plunge over 17-foot tall Sunset Falls.
Hazards:  There are many technical boulder gardens that should be scouted. Scouting a possibly portaging is recommended at Double Drop and Tombstone Rapids, Scout or portage on river right.
Water Craft:  kayak,wwcan
Land Ownership:  Mixed public and private
Wilderness:  No
Camping on River:  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 7.1 miles to the take out at Sunset Falls Day Use Area.

Put In: From the take out continue up river on Sunset Falls Road for 4.9 miles, take a right at the fork and put in at the first bridge.

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