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Kayaking & Canoeing Wind River Washington

Tributary - Trout Creek
 map of Tributary - Trout Creek
Put-in:  FR 43
Take-out:  Wind River
Difficulty:  Class IV+, V
Length:  3.5 - 6.3 miles
Tributary - Panther Creek
 map of Tributary - Panther Creek
Put-in:  Panther Creek Campground
Take-out:  Wind River
Difficulty:  Class IV to IV+
Length:  5 miles
The Upper
 videos of The Upper
Put-in:  Above Falls Creek
Take-out:  Mineral Springs Road
Difficulty:  Class III+
Length:  3.4 miles
Mineral Springs Road to Stabler
Put-in:  Mineral Springs Road
Take-out:  Stabler
Difficulty:  Class I, II
Length:  7.2 miles
Stabler to High Bridge
 photos of Stabler to High Bridge  map of Stabler to High Bridge
Put-in:  Stabler
Take-out:  High Bridge
Difficulty:  Class V
Length:  6 miles
The Lower
 photos of The Lower  map of The Lower
Put-in:  High Bridge Road
Take-out:  Columbia River
Difficulty:  Class IV
Length:  5 miles

The Wind is perfect for the adrenalin junkie in search of big drops, hits and waves with a backdrop of spectacular Washington canyon scenery. It begins in the foothills of Mt. Adams and flows down to the Columbia River through boulder gardens and steep ledge drops. The Lower section of Class IV+ is popular with kayakers and rafters, but this is and expert run and should only be tackled by boaters will a lot of experience and the willingness to endure an arduous portage around Shiperd’s Falls. The Stabler to High Bridge section has also been a great stepping-stone for Northwest boaters and features a series of tight chutes and rocky rapids.

Boaters can expect to see bald eagles nesting trees overhead or majestically circling in search of food. The clear waters of the river also support large spring Chinook and Steelhead Salmon.

Most choose to run the Wind in the spring and early summer, but later season runs are possible in lower water, with more technical maneuvering required.

There are a few other sections worth considering for private boaters. One is the easily accessible Upper run, from Falls Creek to Mineral Springs Road, which features Class III+ rapids. The Mineral Springs to Stabler section is uncharacteristically mellow but winds through a beautiful broad valley past alder stands and brushy banks.