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Lower Run Whitewater Kayaking Trip on the Little White Salmon River

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Lower Run Info
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Put In:  Fish Hatchery
Take Out:  Columbia River
Difficulty:  Class V
Gradient:  240 ft/mi
Run Length:  3.5 miles
Good Level:  250 to 700 cfs
Season Comments:  June, July, August, September, October
Permit:  None presently required
Character/Similar To:  Steep, technical creek plunging through a short gorge.
Hazards:  Difficult, continuous rapids. "Giant Falls" (30 ft drop)
Land Ownership:  Mixed
Wilderness:  No
Location:  In the Pacific Region (WA), 211 miles South of Seattle
Shuttle Logistics: 

Put-in: From Hwy 14 some 12 miles east of Stevenson, WA turn north onto Cook-Underwood Road and follow the signs toward the Little White Salmon Recreation Area and fish hatchery. Cross the Little White Salmon at the fish hatchery and put-in upstream of the bridge on river left.

Take-out: Return to Hwy 14 and head east for a couple of miles to a small road that follows the west side of Drano Lake. Proceed down this road to the gate, the take-out.

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