Information on Baker Cr.
Location: Howard Co.; Put in from Weyerhauser Rd. 52000 heading
west from 52200 east of the section 2 put-in for the
Cossatot. Take out at the Hwy. 4 bridge over Baker Cr.
just east of the Cossatot bridge.
Topo Quad(s): Baker Springs
Gradient: 75 fpm
Length: 3.5 mi
Gauge: The Corps gauge for the Cossatot should be between
2000 and 4500 cfs.
Hazards: several large drops in the first mile, some strainers
Description: Baker is a short but exciting advanced whitewater run.
It drops very steeply in the first mile, and the worst
drop is encountered in the first bend of the creek. This is
a solid class IV ledge of over ten feet, and at high water
an ugly hydraulic forms at the base of the ledge. Scout
and/or run it on the left. After some good class III water,
you get another horizon line. This is another big, tough
ledge that is only slightly easier than the first one.
After the first 3/4 mile or so the creek settles into
some good class II-III action until the takeout. All boaters
should be confident on fast class III-IV water before running
Baker Cr. If you get nervous at Cossatot Falls then this
run will probably be over your head.
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