Clearwater River

Species:
Winter Steelhead, Coho and Chinook Salmon
Location:
Flows into the Queets River east of Queets on the west side of the Olympic National Park
Direction:
Take U.S.101 north from Hoquiam about 62 miles and turn right (north) on Clearwater Road, which roughly parallels the river for more than a dozen miles.
Facilities:
A rough boat launch is located on the upper river and another is at the confluence of the Clearwater and the Queets, but don’t look for to much in the ways of amenities in this neck of the woods. Food and lodging are available at Klaloch, 10 miles north on U.S.101, and all other facilities can be found in Amanda Park, 25 miles south on U.S.101.
Fishing the Clearwater River:
The Clearwater provides fair steelheading all winter long, but if you want to make the most of your trip to this Queets tributary that lives up to it’s name, plan your visit for March. That’s when the bulk of the wild adult steelhead run returns. The river gives up maybe 150 winter-runs during a poor season and as many as 300 in a good year. As for salmon, the Clearwater has them, but like winter steelhead, the numbers aren’t enough to jump out at you. The Clearwater has a decent run of Coho salmon with the bulk of the run mostly in October and November, using spoons and spinners.

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