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Washington whitewater, Cooper River

Kittitas county, Waterfall to Cle Elum River section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS IV-V     1.5 miles
  The put-in is not too far from Ellensburg, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. The sections for whitewater rafting and kayaking here in Washington are often more challenging than in other states, so don't forget that many runs in this state are not easy. The Waterfall to Cle Elum River stretch of Cooper River in Washington is 1.5 miles long and is a class IV-V section of whitewater according to American
    Whitewater. The Northern Cascade Range scenery is wonderful. You might be into whitewater rafting or kayaking or both, doesn't matter, in this general area you'll find lots of paddling places. The nearby hotels are a bit
away from the river, and if you make reservations in advance you're all set. There are campgrounds quite near the river where you can camp. This is a pretty short section so better bring some good walking shoes. The Waterfall to Cle Elum River stretch is one of a few paddling stretches in this river system. The beautiful scenery of Kittitas County and the beautiful way the water current moves down the stream beats anything. A good workout and  
just hanging out with mother nature will have you coming back for more.

Briefly about the general area:
There's tremendous hiking along the Red Mountain Trail, and do put some time aside to spend at Little Salmon la Sac if you're here at Cooper River. Man, is there loads of entertaining stuff to do in the Northern Cascade Range. Cooper River is not far at all from Easton, and you positively ought to go to Lake Easton State Park if you're here. The surroundings of this river have so much to offer. A journey to Salmon la Sac will fill your soul with great feelings.

Cooper River, Waterfall to Cle Elum River road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.


Detailed Map

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Local weather forecast

These outdoors activities are available near Cooper River.
 Whitewater Near Cooper 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, 2 miles away
      Class II-III+(IV) - 4 miles long (Waptus Lake trail to Salmon La Sac)
Cooper River, Kittitas County, 2 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, 8 miles away
      Class II - 7.8 miles long (Cle Elum Dam to confluence with Yakima River)
Box Canyon Creek, Kittitas County, 10 miles away
      Class III-IV+(V) - 2 miles long (to Kachess Reservoir)
Deception Creek, King County, 13 miles away
      Class V+ - 6.5 miles long (Fisher Creek to Tye River)
Tye River, King County, 15 miles away
      Class V - 3.25 miles long (Surprise Creek to Alpine Falls)
Teanaway River - North Fork, Kittitas County, 16 miles away
      Class III+ - 3.9 miles long (Johnson Creek to Stafford Creek)
Tye River, King County, 16 miles away
      Class IV+ - 7.2 miles long (Alpine Falls to Beckler River)
 Ski Areas Near Cooper River:
Stevens Pass, Washington , 18 miles away, 1800 foot drop, 10 lifts, 37 runs
Summit at Snoqualmie, Washington , 20 miles away, 2280 foot drop, 26 lifts, 96 runs
Alpental, Washington , 21 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 , 50 miles away, 2250 foot drop, 6 lifts, 36 runs
Echo Valley, Washington , 78 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 , 95 miles away, 1240 foot drop, 3 lifts, 10 runs
Cooper Spur, Oregon , 99 miles away, 500 foot drop, 2 lifts, 10 runs
 Hotels Near Cooper River:
Suncadia Resort, Cle Elum , 12 miles away
Best Western Snowcap Lodge, Cle Elum , 15 miles away
Timber Lodge Inn, Cle Elum , 16 miles away
Econo Lodge Near Suncadia Resort, Cle Elum , 17 miles away
Sleeping Lady Mountain Resort, Leavenworth , 31 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Cooper River:
Salmon la Sac Campground, Kittitas County, 1 miles away
Salmon La Sac - Wenatchee National Forest, Chelan, 2 miles away
Hour Creek Campground, Kittitas County, 2 miles away
 Trails Near Cooper River:
Red Mountain Trail, Kittitas , 1 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
Jolly Mountain Lookout Trail, Kittitas , 5 miles away,  10.4 hiking miles, 4410 feet elevation difference
Sasse Mountain Trail, Kittitas , 5 miles away, 12 hiking miles, 4012 feet elevation difference
Domerie Peak Trail, Kittitas , 5 miles away, 9.2 hiking miles, 2254 feet elevation difference
Lake Michael Trail, Kittitas , 5 miles away,  20 hiking miles, 2568 feet elevation difference
Kachess Ridge Trail, Kittitas , 5 miles away, 13.8 hiking miles, 4071 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near Cooper River:
Mount Rainier National Park, Ashford - WA , 67 miles away
Iron Horse State Park, Washington , 7 miles away
Lake Easton State Park, Washington , 8 miles away
Wenatchee National Forest, Washington , 16 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Cooper River:
Prospector Golf At Suncadia, Cle Elum , 12 miles away
Suncadia Prospector Golf, Cle Elum , 13 miles away
 Lakes Near Cooper River
Tucquala Lake, Kittitas , 6 miles away
Spectacle Lake, Kittitas , 11 miles away
Bonnie Lake, King , 13 miles away

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