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    Posted: 06 Aug 2018 at 11:59am
I'd like to paddle the entire White River (Rainier) sometime. In my research so far I cant find any evidence of anyone doing this, and probably for good reason. I realize there will be a ton of dangerous wood and a lot of strenuous portaging. It looks like I can put in near the White River Patrol Cabin. Ideally I'd like to take out as close to the Mud Mountain Dam as possible, and then hike/drive around it to a put in closest to the bottom, but realize that my not be possible and I dont want any trouble with the Army Corps. There is also a fish hatchery below the dam, so I would need to portage around that also, which I also don't know how possible that is. I'm planning a camping trip up that way in September and plan to do some scouting, but if anyone has some intel on this in the mean time that would be awesome. I will be doing this on a paddleboard also which makes multiple portages a bit less painful.

I also need an experienced paddler to go with, any takers? I'm guessing this will take 2-4 days.



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  Quote Wilder Replybullet Posted: 06 Aug 2018 at 2:10pm
I talked to someone at the Army Corps. Of course they advised against this. They recomended taking out at Bridge Camp, and putting in again at Buckly. That would cut out about 20 miles of river, which is lame, but if that's the only option I'd do it. Does anyone know though if bridge camp is accesible by car, or at least by hiking in from 410?
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  Quote JoesKayak Replybullet Posted: 07 Aug 2018 at 11:20am
Yes you can hike out from Bridge Camp. There is a gate at 410 and if the clearcutting there hasn't grown up too much since the last time I was there you can spot where the bridge is by looking down the hill from 410. If I recall it's probably a half mile or less walk (uphill on gravel road).

Oh, and Hancock TImber owns the gate and requires a permit to access their land. You can get a walkin day pass for $8. You may be able to get a drive in permit too but they tend to be spendy.

https://www.hancockrecreationnw.com/white-river/non-motorized-recreation-access/non-motorized-recreation-access-permit-individuals/non-m

I know that Jay Cohen rafted the White below Bridge camp right up to where the low pool mark is behind Mud Mt. back in the early 90s with special permission from the Army Corps and according to him it was the best section of the river by far with several nice rapids. There was hope for a while that this section would become available to the public but that never came to light unfortunately.

Good luck with your adventure-- and yes you should have a very open mind about wood and portaging if you take this on.



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