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Satsop, W, Fork    1. FR 23 to FR 2260 Bridge (Gorge Run)™ ©
Class IV+
Avg Gradient 88 fpm fpm

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Zip Code : 98563 General Area
Put In Longitude : -123.56240 Putin
Put In Latitude : 47.3672943
Take Out Longitude : -123.56247 Take Out
Take Out Latitude : 47.3150978
County : Grays Harbor Shuttle
   Gauge Information (Professor Paddle updated levels from SATSOP RIVER NEAR SATSOP, WA at 7/15/2020 3:18:27 PM)
Gauge Forecast Height Current Flow Authority Physical Update
SATSOP RIVER NEAR SATSOP, WA NWRFC | FC Page 28.08  353   USGS - NWIS 07-15-2020 14:15:00
Minimum Recomended Level:  2200      Maximum Recomended Level:  4400  

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 Lots of wood. We portaged 8 or 10 times due to wood. Nothing scary. Watch for piton and pin rocks as well. - Posted by: water wacko on 3/6/2010 9:24:00 PM -  [Remove Alert]

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While this is a class IV+ run, it's tight. Paddlers venturing in here should be able to "get friendly" with wood, 'cuz there's lots of it in here! Our 2010 trip forced us to portage twice. The rest of the wood we ducked and dodged.

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Flow info:
2000-4000 cfs is about what you want to look for on the Satsop @ Satsop Gauge. 2000 should be the low end of Medium Low: At this flow you'll find it to be scrapey and bony in places, but skilled paddlers should be able to boat clean enough lines.

Here's some visual info that may help you at the Take Out:
The concrete footing of the T.O. bridge has several "steps". The water level should be above the bottom edge of the bottom most step. half way up this bottom step should be a decent medium. If it is even with the mossy top edge of the bottom most step, it may be a nice juicy medium. Maybe higher.

   Run Description

This is a beautiful little run in a narrow canyon. there is some pleasant class II and III in the beginning (expect some minor wood to portage), building up to some nice class IV.

"Jaws" has a few very large boulders, and the whole river is plugged up with an impressive log jam at the top of it. Climbing over some big downed trees on R. Left, you'll see a spot where you can put back in in the middle of the rapid if you'd like: On a trip in early 2010 some limbo logs were encountered here that you need to duck under as you boof. Immediately below here is a nice 7' boof over a pouover in the center of the river. That's Jaws for ya.

The run might be described as an easier, simpler Elkhorn Canyon. One of the OP's nicer runs, however short. It seems to run frequently in the winter months as well, which is nice.

Aside from the wood that needs to be portaged, expect to encounter lots more wood that you need to duck and dodge (par for the OP course). Some of these run ins with wood are kinda dicey and require advanced "Limbo" skills: "How low can you go?"

The run is rather skinny and tight, so a group size of 6 or less is recommended. You're going to need to run single file because the eddies rarely accomodate more than two boats at a time.


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