Cossatot Falls have been called “the most challenging section of whitewater between the Smokies and the Rockies”. With rapid names, such as, Cossatosser, Eye Opener, Washing Machine, and Whiplash, this area is a mecca for whitewater canoeist during the rainy spring months.
At other times, it’s a cold, clear stream meandering between pools offering relaxed tubing and swimming. This is the way it was when I visited in late summer. The water was cool and refreshing. At times, I’d float, at others, I’d find where the river rushed between boulders and just allow the water to flow over my head.
At the bottom of the falls is a very deep pool that has been dug out by the river. Here is great swimming and the rock ledges surrounding the pool are exciting to jump off.
At the Falls area, there are seven tent camping site and restroom facilities. There are other camping areas along the river and private cabins and lodges are available outside the park.
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