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Washington whitewater, Cle Elum River

Kittitas county, Cle Elum Dam to confluence with Yakima River section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS II     7.8 miles
  The beautiful scenery of Kittitas County and the playfulness of the water make the trip here worthwhile. Whitewater rafting and kayaking in Washington is often more difficult than elsewhere, so if you're visiting here do keep in mind that many of the rivers here are not very forgiving. This stretch of Cle Elum River in Washington is 7.8 miles long and is according to American Whitewater a class II section of whitewater. Getting some good
    exercise and just being out on the river for a while will make you glad you came. The river winds through the Northern Cascade Range and you get great scenery. This is a pretty decent length section, it's perfect for a one
day trip. There are plenty of hotels here if you want to spend a night, but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick. The Cle Elum Dam to confluence with Yakima River stretch is one of many paddling stretches in this river system. There's camping available near Cle Elum River. Some people prefer whitewater rafting and some kayaking, either way this is an area with plenty of spots for that. The put-in location is a short  
drive from Ellensburg, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that.

Briefly about the general area:
During your tour to Cle Elum River you'll meet some folks from Ronald for sure. Have a splendid hiking adventure along the Hicks Butte Trail. Everybody loves Iron Horse State Park, and since you're here you can take a hike along the North Fork Taneum Trail. This river is so great. Lake Easton State Park is a great site to go if you're at Cle Elum River. Cle Elum River gets much water. The wettest month of the year is ordinarily January, that's the one that snows the most, and the driest month of the year is July.

Cle Elum River, Cle Elum Dam to confluence with Yakima 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 Cle Elum River.
 Whitewater Near Cle Elum River:
Cle Elum River, Kittitas County, 2 miles away
      Class II - 7.8 miles long (Cle Elum Dam to confluence with Yakima River)
Cle Elum River, Kittitas County, 10 miles away
      Class II - 4 miles long (Salmon La Sac Creek to Cle Elum Reservoir)
Teanaway River, Kittitas County, 11 miles away
      Class II+ - 7 miles long (North Fork Teanaway to East Masterson Road)
Waptus River, Kittitas County, 11 miles away
      Class II-III+(IV) - 4 miles long (Waptus Lake trail to Salmon La Sac)
Cle Elum River, Kittitas County, 12 miles away
      Class IV-V - 8.5 miles long (Scatter Creek to Salmon La Sac Creek)
Cooper River, Kittitas County, 12 miles away
      Class IV-V - 1.5 miles long (Waterfall to Cle Elum River)
Naches River, Yakima County, 12 miles away
      Class II-III - 34 miles long (Sawmill Flat to bl. Town of Naches)
Teanaway River - North Fork, Kittitas County, 13 miles away
      Class III+ - 3.9 miles long (Johnson Creek to Stafford Creek)
American River, Yakima County, 14 miles away
      Class II+ - 5 miles long (American Forks to Sawmill Flat)
Little Naches River, Yakima/Kittitas County, 14 miles away
      Class II-III+(IV) - 9.5 miles long (Matthew Creek to Little Naches Campground)
 Ski Areas Near Cle Elum River:
Summit at Snoqualmie, Washington , 27 miles away, 2280 foot drop, 26 lifts, 96 runs
Stevens Pass, Washington , 29 miles away, 1800 foot drop, 10 lifts, 37 runs
Alpental, Washington , 29 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 , 36 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 6 lifts, 32 runs
Mission Ridge, Washington , 44 miles away, 2250 foot drop, 6 lifts, 36 runs
Echo Valley, Washington , 76 miles away, 900 foot drop, 4 lifts, 8 runs
Mt.Baker, Washington , 88 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 8 lifts, 38 runs
Cooper Spur, Oregon , 93 miles away, 500 foot drop, 2 lifts, 10 runs
Loup Loup Ski Bowl, Washington , 96 miles away, 1240 foot drop, 3 lifts, 10 runs
 Hotels Near Cle Elum River:
Suncadia Resort, Cle Elum , 3 miles away
Best Western Snowcap Lodge, Cle Elum , 6 miles away
Timber Lodge Inn, Cle Elum , 7 miles away
Econo Lodge Near Suncadia Resort, Cle Elum , 8 miles away
Sleeping Lady Mountain Resort, Leavenworth , 29 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Cle Elum River:
Trailer Corral, Cle Elum, 3 miles away
Woods and Steel Sno-Park, Ronald, 3 miles away
Wish Poosh Campground, Kittitas County, 4 miles away
 Trails Near Cle Elum River:
Hicks Butte Trail, Kittitas , 4 miles away, 1.4 hiking miles, 271 feet elevation difference
North Fork Taneum Trail, Kittitas , 5 miles away,  18 hiking miles, 2630 feet elevation difference
Fishhook Flats Trail, Kittitas , 6 miles away, 2 hiking miles, 581 feet elevation difference
Sasse Mountain Trail, Kittitas , 7 miles away, 12 hiking miles, 4012 feet elevation difference
Frost Mountain Lookout Trail, Kittitas , 7 miles away, 4.6 hiking miles, 2361 feet elevation difference
Little Creek Basin Trail, Kittitas , 7 miles away,  8.2 hiking miles, 1369 feet elevation difference
Domerie Peak Trail, Kittitas , 8 miles away, 9.2 hiking miles, 2254 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near Cle Elum River:
Mount Rainier National Park, Ashford - WA , 69 miles away
Iron Horse State Park, Washington , 3 miles away
Lake Easton State Park, Washington , 11 miles away
Wenatchee National Forest, Washington , 23 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Cle Elum River:
Prospector Golf At Suncadia, Cle Elum , 2 miles away
Suncadia Prospector Golf, Cle Elum , 4 miles away
 Lakes Near Cle Elum River
Lost Lake, Kittitas , 11 miles away
Tucquala Lake, Kittitas , 14 miles away
Flat Iron Lake, Yakima , 19 miles away

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