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Tributary - Hoffstadt Creek Whitewater Kayaking Trip on the Toutle River

Tributary - Hoffstadt Creek Info
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Put In:  3100 Road
Take Out:  North Fork Toutle
Difficulty:  Class V (V+ - VI) , Portage
Gradient:  50 fpm
Run Length:  4.2 miles
Current Streamflow:  11600 cfs @ 12/14/2016 10:30 AM - TOUTLE RIVER AT TOWER ROAD NEAR SILVER LAKE, WA, reading taken from USGS
Good Level:  200 - 600 cfs
Streamflow Comments:  There is no gauge for this creek. Look for 3,500 to 4,600 cfs on the Toutle River at Tower Road Near Silver Lake gauge.
Season Comments:  January, February, March, April, 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:  Super steep creek with lots of class V rapids and one class VI mandatory portage. This creek flows through a small river bed and tall canyon walls
Hazards:  There are many drops that demand scouting and possibly portaging. Also there are a few drops that are mandatory portages. This run is for expert paddlers only.
Water Craft:  kayak,wwcan
Land Ownership:  Public forest
Wilderness:  yes
Location:  In the Pacific Region (WA), 126 miles (2 hours 13 minutes) South of Seattle
Shuttle Logistics: 

Take Out: From I-5 take the Castle Rock exit and go east on SR 504 for about 29 miles and turn left onto Road 2900. There is a parking lot for the Hoffstadt Creek Bridge scenic overlook. This is the usual meeting area for people running this creek. The take out is across SR 504 from the parking lot,1.3 miles down a dirt road to river level.

Put In: From the meeting area go 1.3 miles down SR 504 and turn left onto 3100 Road. Stay left at the fork in .3 miles, in another 1.3 miles stay left at the fork. In a short distance you will arrive at a bridge over Hoffstadt Creek, this is the recommended put in.

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