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Kalama    3. Lower Kalama Falls to Red Barn™ ©
Class III-IV
Play Rating (1-10): 4
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Put In Longitude : -122.73130 Putin
Put In Latitude : 46.0182991
Take Out Longitude : -122.76750 Take Out
Take Out Latitude : 46.0396004
County : Cowlitz Shuttle

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Minimum Recomended Level:  800 cfs     Maximum Recomended Level:  6000 cfs 

  Putin Details

About 2 - 3 miles upstream of the take out at a pull out. Hike down to the river via mossy trail. If you pass the Fish Hatchery you have gone too far upstream.

  Takeout Details

River Right at the "Red Barn" on Kalama RIver Road

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   Run Description

I am surprised that there is no information on this run. Well, here is some "beta"

Ran it twice (April 14th & April 15th 2013) at flows of 3800cfs and 3600cfs on the Toutle River gauge ( which I understand is the best proxy for this river

Some locals we boated with on the first day said that this run is good from "high" water (6000cfs+) down to summer flows in July and sometimes even August as the river channelizes well. I seem to recall that they said they run it down to 800cfs and lower.

Very enjoyable Class III / IV run. Two rapids stand out. The first, is within 2/3 miles (??) of the put-in. It's a longish 'read and run' where the river makes an S turn. It was pretty much just left of center all the way down, dodging or punching holes. This rapid is likely to be a lot of "fun" (assuming a warped sense of fun?) at high flows...

The second was a bit further down and I remember it being a steeper, shorter rapid

There are plenty of Class III drops along the way but the last mile or so before the "red bar" take, the river becomes a mellow float

PTM's take on the run:

If you are looking for a quick hit like 10 minutes off of I-5, this is a good run. The shuttle takes like 3 minutes, and the run is about 3 miles long. there are rumors of decent surf waves, but i think we hit the run on the low side of the flows.
There were probably 3 notable drops, all of them with obvious horizon lines and easily scouted if desired. some nice boulders to boof off of, and some fun moves to make. easy to take a class 3 line down it, and possible to make harder more technical moves.

overall, i will be hitting this run more often during commuting from portland north.


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not-very-clever's 6/11/2013 Run Submissionnot-very-clever6/11/2013 9:59:00 AM
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