jonlcrain's Submission - Entered on 11/16/2015 2:12:00 PM
Gauge Information (Last updated with USGS at 3/27/2017 7:20:25 AM)
DUCKABUSH RIVER NEAR BRINNON,
3rd Party Gauge
||3/27/2017 6:45:00 AM
Minimum Recomended Level: 3 ft Maximum Recomended Level: 4 ft
The most common access is the first major wash-out on the drive up. If you are hiking up to Maze proceed to the end of the road and hike the mile or so up to the rapid.
The best take-out is the bridge right below The Pinch rapid. Portage or run the pinch and find an egress downstream. The land around the NF-012 bridge is privately owned so stay below the high water mark to scout and be polite to the property owners. There is now a spur road on river right of the bridge where you can take-out/park a vehicle.
Be alert for the ever present hippie outlaws that call the OP home.
Beautiful class III+ whitewater with a few more challenging class IV rapids thrown in. Be alert for wood as it changes frequently! Easy shuttle to bike or jog.
The section of the Dosewallips River from Elkhorn Campground down to The Pinch rapid at Six Mile Bridge is a local staple for Kitsap County boaters. This run may not be a classic in a state full of high quality whitewater rivers but the solitude of the area and the quality of the whitewater make this a river that intermediate and expert paddles will both enjoy. The most difficult rapid is "The Maze" which is just down stream from the put-in bridge. The Maze is a class IV+ Boulder garden with potential for multiple lines if the wood situation permits. Scout accordingly. Below The Maze there are a couple miles of Class II boogie and one wood portage. Depending on the wood situation in The Maze and the water level most paddlers will put-in at the first major wash-out on the way up the road. This cuts out the hiking, the wood portage, and the Class II boogie (and of course The Maze).
Putting in at the first wash-out you will have a few miles of class II/III whitewater with a mix of eddy service and catch on the fly surfing opportunities. There are some fun moves and a few attainment spots for building skill. Aside from The Maze, the most challenging whitewater on this section is the last mile or so above the NF-012 bridge. The river drops through a class III+ boulder rapid into a bedrock corridor containing a class IV ledge drop. At high water these rapids blend together and the ledge forms a powerful hole on the left. The exit of this bedrock corridor can collect wood so scout accordingly. A pool below this spot with a sweet rope swing offers egress on river left. Now the river enters 'The Bend' above The Pinch rapid. A cobble bar splits the flow with the majority plunging down a river right flume rapid. A left line exists at medium and high flows. Hop out at the top of the cobble bar for a look. A couple more class III+ rapids brings you to the rapid directly above The Pinch. At The Pinch the river squeezes through a narrow ledge drop, creating a turbulent and challenging line to hit at high flows and a slot that you can rattle through on the lower end of flows. Either way the line is right down the middle. At medium and high flows things increase in difficulty significantly. Scout and set safety on river right. It's best to scout the rapid above The Pinch and run them together as your speed coming out of the first part can help ensure a successful line through the crux. Do not underestimate this spot at high flows as it has the ability to separate expert paddlers from their boats and recirculate their bodies back into the drop. Scout, set safety, or portage on the right. Take-out on river right below the bridge.
Note: The DOE gauge on the Dosewallips is shut down. The nearest gauge is the Duckabush. Look for 3ft on the Duckabush as a minimum for this section and somewhere around 3.5 is the sweet spot.