Trip Research

In-progress research on places I may be interested in paddling.

Spring season: Palouse River from Palouse, WA to Elberton, WA

  • 16 miles (3-5 hrs? City says 5; trip report says 3)
  • Requires at least 300 cfs, which only happens for a short period in late Spring (gauge)
  • Can start 3+ miles upstream at the north River Road bridge inside Idaho (3 hr float for the 3+ miles to Palouse?)
  • Easy, good for beginners, some rocks hiding below the surface
  • Trip report from Matthew Singer, late March, 2016 claims that during early Spring the water is high enough to go from Laird Park in Idaho to the Snake River in WA, portaging around Palouse Falls. (Don’t miss the portage; the falls aren’t really survivable.)
  • City of Palouse page on paddling the river

Freshwater Bay (west of Port Angeles) around Observatory Point to the cliffs beyond

  • Trip #41 in Kayaking Puget Sound and the San Juans, details posted on Facebook
  • Best to choose low wind days with a SW swell or small (to 3’),or lesser w or nw swell all year. Use the Neah Bay NOAA buoy for Swell info. Apps like WindAlert for wind. Water is usually colder than the Sound.
  • Aim for an ebb while exploring then take the flood and/or west wind back. Mid to higher tides to get into beaches. Low tides to see the rocks. Large swell for rock garden fun.
  • No parking fee or permit to park.

John Day River segment 2B (from Thirtymile Creek to Cottonwood Bridge)

Grande Ronde River, Oregon