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Washington whitewater, Cle Elum River

Kittitas county, Scatter Creek to Salmon La Sac Creek section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS IV-V     8.5 miles
  Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in Washington tend to be more challenging than the national average, so don't forget that many runs in this state are not easy. The Scatter Creek to Salmon La Sac Creek stretch of Cle Elum River in Kittitas County is 8.5 miles long and it is classified as a class IV-V section by American Whitewater. The starting location is a reasonable drive from Ellensburg, please print out a copy of the road map further
    down the page so you won’t get lost. On this section you do get some distance, you can easily run it on an afternoon. The nature scenery of Washington and the cool fresh water are reasons enough to come here and paddle.
The beauty of the Northern Cascade Range is a great plus for this river. A bit of exercise and just hanging out with mother nature are great attractions for lots of people. Not too many hotels nearby, you'll have to drive a bit to get to one, but do book a room before you come because it is a very popular destination. No matter if you're whitewater rafting or kayaking around here you'll find a large number of good places. The campgrounds  
here at Cle Elum River are pretty good. This river system is full of great paddling sections, the Scatter Creek to Salmon La Sac Creek section is just one of them.

Briefly about the general area:
Places like Lake Easton State Park are great to go to; the Davis Peak Lookout Trail offers hiking at its best. If you adore the outdoors you'll adore it here in the Northern Cascade Range. Iron Horse State Park is a good place to stretch your legs a bit. Why not take a refreshing hike along the Jolly Mountain Lookout Trail; some attention-grabbing geology is available here, China Point is right here.

Cle Elum River, Scatter Creek to Salmon La Sac Creek 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 Cle Elum River.
 Whitewater Near Cle Elum River:
Cle Elum River, Kittitas County, 2 miles away
      Class IV-V - 8.5 miles long (Scatter Creek to Salmon La Sac Creek)
Cle Elum River, Kittitas County, 2 miles away
      Class II - 4 miles long (Salmon La Sac Creek to Cle Elum Reservoir)
Waptus River, Kittitas County, 3 miles away
      Class II-III+(IV) - 4 miles long (Waptus Lake trail to Salmon La Sac)
Cooper River, Kittitas County, 5 miles away
      Class IV-V - 1.5 miles long (Waterfall to Cle Elum River)
Cle Elum River, Kittitas County, 9 miles away
      Class II - 7.8 miles long (Cle Elum Dam to confluence with Yakima River)
Deception Creek, King County, 13 miles away
      Class V+ - 6.5 miles long (Fisher Creek to Tye River)
Teanaway River - North Fork, Kittitas County, 13 miles away
      Class III+ - 3.9 miles long (Johnson Creek to Stafford Creek)
Box Canyon Creek, Kittitas County, 13 miles away
      Class III-IV+(V) - 2 miles long (to Kachess Reservoir)
Icicle Creek, Chelan County, 13 miles away
      Class II-III+(V) - 3.5 miles long (Rock Island Campground to Ida Creek)
Tye River, King County, 14 miles away
      Class V - 3.25 miles long (Surprise Creek to Alpine Falls)
 Ski Areas Near Cle Elum River:
Stevens Pass, Washington , 20 miles away, 1800 foot drop, 10 lifts, 37 runs
Summit at Snoqualmie, Washington , 24 miles away, 2280 foot drop, 26 lifts, 96 runs
Alpental, Washington , 24 miles away, 2280 foot drop, 5 lifts, 19 runs
Crystal Mountain, Washington , 36 miles away, 3100 foot drop, 11 lifts, 50 runs
White Pass, Washington , 43 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 6 lifts, 32 runs
Mission Ridge, Washington , 47 miles away, 2250 foot drop, 6 lifts, 36 runs
Echo Valley, Washington , 74 miles away, 900 foot drop, 4 lifts, 8 runs
Mt.Baker, Washington , 78 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 8 lifts, 38 runs
Loup Loup Ski Bowl, Washington , 92 miles away, 1240 foot drop, 3 lifts, 10 runs
 Hotels Near Cle Elum River:
Suncadia Resort, Cle Elum , 12 miles away
Best Western Snowcap Lodge, Cle Elum , 14 miles away
Timber Lodge Inn, Cle Elum , 15 miles away
Econo Lodge Near Suncadia Resort, Cle Elum , 15 miles away
Sleeping Lady Mountain Resort, Leavenworth , 27 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Cle Elum River:
Cayuse Campground, Kittitas County, 2 miles away
Salmon La Sac - Wenatchee National Forest, Chelan, 2 miles away
Salmon la Sac Campground, Kittitas County, 2 miles away
 Trails Near Cle Elum River:
Davis Peak Lookout Trail, Kittitas , 1 miles away,  7.4 hiking miles, 4439 feet elevation difference
Jolly Mountain Lookout Trail, Kittitas , 2 miles away,  10.4 hiking miles, 4410 feet elevation difference
Lake Michael Trail, Kittitas , 3 miles away,  20 hiking miles, 2568 feet elevation difference
Sasse Mountain Trail, Kittitas , 4 miles away, 12 hiking miles, 4012 feet elevation difference
Red Mountain Trail, Kittitas , 4 miles away,  4 hiking miles, 3318 feet elevation difference
Domerie Peak Trail, Kittitas , 8 miles away, 9.2 hiking miles, 2254 feet elevation difference
Escondido Trail, Kittitas , 9 miles away,  8 hiking miles, 2634 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near Cle Elum River:
Iron Horse State Park, Washington , 8 miles away
Lake Easton State Park, Washington , 12 miles away
Wenatchee National Forest, Washington , 14 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Cle Elum River:
Prospector Golf At Suncadia, Cle Elum , 12 miles away
Suncadia Prospector Golf, Cle Elum , 12 miles away
 Lakes Near Cle Elum River
Tucquala Lake, Kittitas , 4 miles away
Spectacle Lake, Kittitas , 14 miles away
Bonnie Lake, King , 15 miles away

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