Paddling: Cowlitz Tributaries Offer Extreme, Virtually Unspoiled Whitewater

By Dameon Pesanti / dpesanti@chronline.com

Travis Lee paddles down a small ledge in the Ohanapecosh River in late June. LeeÕs 8-foot kayak is a Òcreek boatÓ meaning itÕs designed to plow through steep shallow rapids and remain as upright as possible.

Travis Lee paddles down a small ledge in the Ohanapecosh River in late June. Lee’s 8-foot kayak is a “creek boat” meaning it’s designed to plow through steep shallow rapids and remain as upright as possible.

The uppermost reaches of the Cowlitz Basin has a landscape like that from another time in history. It’s virtually untouched by the modern world, and the waters tumbling off the shoulders of Mount Rainier are seen firsthand only by the most experienced whitewater explorers.… Read More