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

North Fork Lewis River - The Upper Info
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Put In:  FR 88
Take Out:  Quartz Creek
Difficulty:  Class IV @ 400 - 700 cfs , Portage
Gradient:  107 fpm
Run Length:  3.4 - 5.5 miles
Good Level:  400 - 900 cfs
Streamflow Comments:  There is no gauge for this river. If the East Fork Lewis is running there is a good chance this will be running
Season Comments:  January, February, March, April, 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:  This run starts with a good warm up consisting of a few class II/III pool drop rapids. Further downstream the river narrows into a tight gorge and the action really starts with continuous class III/IV rapids.
Hazards:  Keep an eye out for wood on this section. Portage around the first unrunnable waterfall at mile 2 on river right, bring plenty of rope to assist the climb. Portage the second waterfall on river right about a 1/4 mile below the first.
Water Craft:  kayak,wwcan
Land Ownership:  Mixed public and private
Wilderness:  No
Location:  In the Pacific Region (WA), 173 miles (3 hours 10 minutes) South of Seattle
Shuttle Logistics: 

Take Out: From the town of Cougar drive east on Highway 503 for 18.5 miles to the Mt. St. Helens Visitor Center. Just past the visitor center turn right onto Forest Road 90. In .25 miles cross over Eagle Cliffs Bridge, continue up Forest Road for another 12.5 miles to the next bridge near Cussed Hollow. Follow Forest Road for another 3.8 miles to the take out at the bridge over Quartz Creek. From the river to reach your car you have to hike up Quartz Creek for .25 miles. To reach the upper take out continue up Forest Road 90 for 3.1 miles to the bottom of a long class III/IV boulder garden and use that as the take out.

Put In: To reach the put in drive upriver on Forest Road 90 for 3.4 miles to Forest Road 88. Turn right and drive for a few minutes to the put in at the bridge over the Lewis.

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