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Washington whitewater, Cle Elum River

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


CLASS II     4 miles
  The Salmon La Sac Creek to Cle Elum Reservoir stretch of Cle Elum River is 4 miles long and has been determined by American Whitewater to be a class II section. If you're coming from Ellensburg it's not a long drive at all to the starting location, as you can see on the road map further down. The wonderful Kittitas County scenery and the beautiful way the water current moves down the stream are in themselves reasons enough to come here
    to paddle. The nearby hotels are a bit away from the river, but if you donít have reservations you might end up sleeping in your car. There are so many sections to paddle in this river system, the Salmon La Sac Creek to
Cle Elum Reservoir section is just one of many. The rivers for whitewater rafting and kayaking here in Washington are often tougher than in other states, so you'd better keep in mind that quite a few of the sections here are not easy. The wild scenery of the Northern Cascade Range is great. A good workout and a chance to spend some time outdoors are great reasons to come. This stretch is mid length, suitable for an afternoon trip. You might  
be into whitewater rafting or kayaking or both, doesn't matter, there are lots of good places for that around here. You can pitch a tent or park your RV at a nearby campground.

Briefly about the general area:
If you're here at Cle Elum River, checking out China Point is a must. Iron Horse State Park is a glorious location to have a look at, and there are plenty of people from Easton here at Cle Elum River. This river has it all. Take a hike on the Davis Peak Lookout Trail, and Salmon la Sac is always fun to check out. Cle Elum River is right by the Red Mountain Trail, and Little Salmon la Sac is a perfect local attraction.

Cle Elum River, Salmon La Sac Creek to Cle Elum Reservoir 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, 1 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, 3 miles away
      Class IV-V - 1.5 miles long (Waterfall to Cle Elum River)
Cle Elum River, Kittitas County, 6 miles away
      Class IV-V - 8.5 miles long (Scatter Creek to Salmon La Sac Creek)
Cle Elum River, Kittitas County, 7 miles away
      Class II - 7.8 miles long (Cle Elum Dam to confluence with Yakima River)
Box Canyon Creek, Kittitas County, 11 miles away
      Class III-IV+(V) - 2 miles long (to Kachess Reservoir)
Deception Creek, King County, 14 miles away
      Class V+ - 6.5 miles long (Fisher Creek to Tye River)
Teanaway River - North Fork, Kittitas County, 15 miles away
      Class III+ - 3.9 miles long (Johnson Creek to Stafford Creek)
Tye River, King County, 16 miles away
      Class V - 3.25 miles long (Surprise Creek to Alpine Falls)
Teanaway River, Kittitas County, 17 miles away
      Class II+ - 7 miles long (North Fork Teanaway to East Masterson Road)
 Ski Areas Near Cle Elum River:
Stevens Pass, Washington , 20 miles away, 1800 foot drop, 10 lifts, 37 runs
Summit at Snoqualmie, Washington , 21 miles away, 2280 foot drop, 26 lifts, 96 runs
Alpental, Washington , 23 miles away, 2280 foot drop, 5 lifts, 19 runs
Crystal Mountain, Washington , 33 miles away, 3100 foot drop, 11 lifts, 50 runs
White Pass, Washington , 40 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 6 lifts, 32 runs
Mission Ridge, Washington , 49 miles away, 2250 foot drop, 6 lifts, 36 runs
Echo Valley, Washington , 77 miles away, 900 foot drop, 4 lifts, 8 runs
Mt.Baker, Washington , 79 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 8 lifts, 38 runs
Loup Loup Ski Bowl, Washington , 95 miles away, 1240 foot drop, 3 lifts, 10 runs
Cooper Spur, Oregon , 98 miles away, 500 foot drop, 2 lifts, 10 runs
 Hotels Near Cle Elum River:
Suncadia Resort, Cle Elum , 11 miles away
Best Western Snowcap Lodge, Cle Elum , 13 miles away
Timber Lodge Inn, Cle Elum , 14 miles away
Econo Lodge Near Suncadia Resort, Cle Elum , 15 miles away
Sleeping Lady Mountain Resort, Leavenworth , 30 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Cle Elum River:
Red Mountain, Easton, 1 miles away
Red Mountain Campground, Kittitas County, 1 miles away
Salmon la Sac Campground, Kittitas County, 1 miles away
 Trails Near Cle Elum River:
Red Mountain Trail, Kittitas , 2 miles away,  4 hiking miles, 3318 feet elevation difference
Davis Peak Lookout Trail, Kittitas , 3 miles away,  7.4 hiking miles, 4439 feet elevation difference
Sasse Mountain Trail, Kittitas , 3 miles away, 12 hiking miles, 4012 feet elevation difference
Jolly Mountain Lookout Trail, Kittitas , 3 miles away,  10.4 hiking miles, 4410 feet elevation difference
Domerie Peak Trail, Kittitas , 4 miles away, 9.2 hiking miles, 2254 feet elevation difference
Lake Michael Trail, Kittitas , 6 miles away,  20 hiking miles, 2568 feet elevation difference
Kachess Ridge Trail, Kittitas , 6 miles away, 13.8 hiking miles, 4071 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near Cle Elum River:
Mount Rainier National Park, Ashford - WA , 68 miles away
Iron Horse State Park, Washington , 6 miles away
Lake Easton State Park, Washington , 9 miles away
Wenatchee National Forest, Washington , 17 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Cle Elum River:
Prospector Golf At Suncadia, Cle Elum , 10 miles away
Suncadia Prospector Golf, Cle Elum , 12 miles away
 Lakes Near Cle Elum River
Tucquala Lake, Kittitas , 7 miles away
Spectacle Lake, Kittitas , 13 miles away
Bonnie Lake, King , 15 miles away

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