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Washington whitewater, Chelan River

Chelan county, Lake Chelan to Columbia River section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS IV-V     4 miles
  The put-in location is a reasonable drive from Wenatchee, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in Washington tend to be more challenging than the national average, so if you're visiting here do keep in mind that lots of rivers here are not for beginners. The scenic beauty of Chelan County and the cool fresh water have people coming here. On this section you do
    get some distance, it's perfect for a one day trip. Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking around here you won't find a large number of other spots. No shortage of good hotels, but if you donít have reservations you
might end up sleeping in your car. Getting your paddling muscles activated and just being out on the river for a while are great reasons to come. This is one of a small number of paddling stretches in this river system, there are a few others too. And of course, there are campgrounds nearby. This section of Chelan River in Chelan County is 4 miles long and is according to American Whitewater a class IV-V section of whitewater.

about the general area:
You're sure to encounter some fine people from Chelan Falls here, and a short trip to Beebe Springs is always worthwhile. Everybody nearby loves skiing at Echo Valley, and North Beebe Spring is an inspiring place to pop by while you're here. This is a really good river. Lake Chelan State Park is worth taking a look at if you're at Chelan River; on a lovely day you can check out Minneapolis Beach. Chelan River is near Daybreak Canyon which is definitely worth taking a look at. Alta Lake State Park is a tremendous place to go if you're at Chelan River. During the summertime months at Chelan River temperatures are usually in the 80's.

Chelan River, Lake Chelan to Columbia River road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.


Detailed Map

Stats for this river stretch

Local weather forecast

These outdoors activities are available near Chelan River.
 Whitewater Near Chelan River:
Chelan River, Chelan County, 1 miles away
      Class IV-V - 4 miles long (Lake Chelan to Columbia River)
Methow River, Okanogan County, 16 miles away
      Class III - 16.2 miles long (McFarland Creek access to Pateros)
Methow River, Okanogan County, 21 miles away
      Class II - 9.5 miles long (Carlton to McFarland Creek access)
Entiat River, Chelan County, 26 miles away
      Class II+ - 14.5 miles long (Ardenvoir to Columbia River)
 Ski Areas Near Chelan River:
Echo Valley, Washington , 7 miles away, 900 foot drop, 4 lifts, 8 runs
Loup Loup Ski Bowl, Washington , 27 miles away, 1240 foot drop, 3 lifts, 10 runs
Mission Ridge, Washington , 37 miles away, 2250 foot drop, 6 lifts, 36 runs
Apex Mountain, British Columbia , 73 miles away, 2000 foot drop, 5 lifts, 68 runs
Mount Baldy, British Columbia , 81 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 2 lifts, 20 runs
Stevens Pass, Washington , 90 miles away, 1800 foot drop, 10 lifts, 37 runs
Summit at Snoqualmie, Washington , 100 miles away, 2280 foot drop, 26 lifts, 96 runs
 Beaches Near Chelan River:
Minneapolis Beach, Chelan , 9 miles away
 Hotels Near Chelan River:
Lakeside Lodge And Suites, Chelan , 4 miles away
Cedars Inn, East Wenatchee , 28 miles away
Comfort Suites Wenatchee, Wenatchee , 29 miles away
Rodeway Inn Wenatchee, Wenatchee , 29 miles away
Comfort Inn Downtown, Wenatchee , 29 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Chelan River:
Beebe Bridge Park, Chelan Falls, 2 miles away
Kachess - Wenatchee National Forest, Chelan, 2 miles away
Lakeshore RV Park, Chelan, 2 miles away
 Public Lands Near Chelan River:
Alta Lake State Park, Washington , 10 miles away
Lake Chelan State Park, Washington , 14 miles away
Daroga State Park, Washington , 15 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Chelan River:
Lake Chelan Municipal Golf Course, Chelan , 3 miles away
Alta Lake Golf Resort, Pateros , 11 miles away
Cj's Desert Oasis, Orondo , 14 miles away
 Lakes Near Chelan River
Lake Chelan, Chelan , 1 miles away

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