Calawah River, Olympic Penninsula

Species:
Winter and Summer Steelhead, Coho Salmon, Sea-Run Cutthroat
Location:
Flows into the Bogachiel River, west of Foks, WA.
Directions:
take u.s.101 north from Aberdeen or west from Port Angeles to Forks and turn east on Forest Service Road 29 about 1.5 miles north of town to reach the upper Calawah.
Facilities:
Three Rivers Resort has cabins, RV and tent sites, a grocery store with tackle and fishing licenses, a restaurant that serves lunch and dinner, hot showers, a laundry, and guide service. Klahanie campground is located about 6 miles upriver from the highway. Food, gas, lodging, and tackle are available in Forks.
Fishing the Calawah:
The Calawah isn’t the biggest river, when it comes to steelhead fishing, but it’s a reliable one. Thanks to liberal releases of both winter and summer steelhead smolts, the Calawah gives up steelhead every month of the year. The river is closed in the month of May. The salmon fishing isn’t as productive and certainly doesn’t last as long as the steelhead fishery. Make sure to research the river if you plan on fishing with your drift boats, there are a few holes that will eat you alive if your not familiar with the river.

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