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Washington whitewater, Chewuch River

Okanogan county, Five Mile Bridge to Winthrop section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS II+(IV)     8 miles
  Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in this state tend to be more challenging than the national average, so you'd better keep in mind that a lot of the rivers here are not suitable for beginners. The Five Mile Bridge to Winthrop stretch of Chewuch River in Okanogan County is 8 miles long and is a class II+(IV) section of whitewater according to American Whitewater. The natural beauty of Washington and the water flowing gracefully down
    Chewuch River make the trip here worthwhile. This is a pretty decent length section, suitable for an afternoon trip. There are nice comfortable hotels here, but if you donít have reservations you might end up sleeping in
your car. The starting location is a short drive from Wenatchee, please print out a copy of the road map further down the page so you wonít get lost. The river winds through the Northern Cascade Range and you get great scenery. There are plenty of other stretches in this river system that can be paddled as well. Since you're on this site you are probably into whitewater rafting or kayaking, either way this area has a large number of paddling spots.  
Getting some good exercise and just hanging out with mother nature are great attractions for lots of people. There's camping available near Chewuch River.

Briefly about the general area:
There's great hiking along the Pearrygin Trail, and at Chewuch River you always meet someone from Winthrop. But wait, there's more enjoyable stuff to do in the Northern Cascade Range. Good hiking is available along the Bluff Lake Trail, and a spree to Pearrygin Lake State Park is a good idea. This river is always fun. Chewuch River gets very little rain. December is the month that gets the most snow, and July is the month with the least moisture.

Chewuch River, Five Mile Bridge to Winthrop 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 Chewuch River.
 Whitewater Near Chewuch River:
Chewuch River, Okanogan County, 2 miles away
      Class II+(IV) - 8 miles long (Five Mile Bridge to Winthrop)
Chewuch River, Okanogan County, 10 miles away
      Class III - 13 miles long (Camp Four to Five Mile Bridge)
Twisp River, Okanogan County, 13 miles away
      Class III - 10 miles long (Buttermilk Creek to town of Twisp)
Chewuch River, Okanogan County, 13 miles away
      Class IV-V - 5 miles long (Andrews Camp to Camp Four)
Methow River, Okanogan County, 13 miles away
      Class II - 9.5 miles long (Carlton to McFarland Creek access)
Lost River, Okanogan County, 19 miles away
      Class IV-V - 12 miles long (Drake Creek to Methow River confluence)
Methow River, Okanogan County, 19 miles away
      Class III - 16.2 miles long (McFarland Creek access to Pateros)
Methow River, Okanogan County, 26 miles away
      Class II(III) - 54 miles long (River Bend Campground to Carlton)
 Ski Areas Near Chewuch River:
Loup Loup Ski Bowl, Washington , 20 miles away, 1240 foot drop, 3 lifts, 10 runs
Echo Valley, Washington , 28 miles away, 900 foot drop, 4 lifts, 8 runs
Apex Mountain, British Columbia , 44 miles away, 2000 foot drop, 5 lifts, 68 runs
Mission Ridge, Washington , 58 miles away, 2250 foot drop, 6 lifts, 36 runs
Mount Baldy, British Columbia , 71 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 2 lifts, 20 runs
Stevens Pass, Washington , 85 miles away, 1800 foot drop, 10 lifts, 37 runs
Alpental, Washington , 99 miles away, 2280 foot drop, 5 lifts, 19 runs
Summit at Snoqualmie, Washington , 99 miles away, 2280 foot drop, 26 lifts, 96 runs
 Hotels Near Chewuch River:
Mt Gardner Inn, Winthrop , 3 miles away
Sun Mountain Lodge, Winthrop , 5 miles away
Freestone Inn, Mazama , 18 miles away
Lakeside Lodge And Suites, Chelan , 33 miles away
Blue Mountain Motel, Okanogan , 42 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Chewuch River:
Pine-near Trailer Park, Winthrop, 2 miles away
Big Twin Lake Campground, Winthrop, 2 miles away
Pearrygin Lake State Park - West Loop, Winthrop, 2 miles away
 Trails Near Chewuch River:
Bluff Lake Trail, Lewis , 12 miles away,  19 hiking miles, 3531 feet elevation difference
Pearrygin Trail, Okanogan , 13 miles away,  3 hiking miles, 920 feet elevation difference
South Fork Trail, Okanogan , 14 miles away,  6 hiking miles, 1150 feet elevation difference
Cathedral Driveway, Okanogan , 15 miles away,  9.6 hiking miles, 1569 feet elevation difference
North Fork Twentymile Trail, Okanogan , 15 miles away, 7.5 hiking miles, 2423 feet elevation difference
North Twentymile Trail, Okanogan , 17 miles away,  5.6 hiking miles, 484 feet elevation difference
Bernhardt Trail, Okanogan , 17 miles away,  4 hiking miles, 1705 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near Chewuch River:
Pearrygin Lake State Park, Washington , 3 miles away
Okanogan National Forest, Washington , 18 miles away
Twenty-Five Mile Creek State Park, Washington , 25 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Chewuch River:
Bear Creek Golf Course, Winthrop , 4 miles away

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