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Washington whitewater, Deception Creek

King county, Fisher Creek to Tye River section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS V+     6.5 miles
  The natural beauty of King County and the beautiful way the water current moves down the stream are reasons enough to come here and paddle. This section of Deception Creek in King County is 6.5 miles long and is rated by American Whitewater as a class V+ section. And of course, there are campgrounds nearby. Getting a good workout and just being out on the river for a while are great attractions for lots of people. You might be into whitewater
    rafting or kayaking or both, doesn't matter, this is an area with plenty of rivers for that. There arenít any hotels right nearby but if you're willing to drive a short distance then no problem but if you donít have reservations
you might end up sleeping in your car. The rivers for whitewater rafting and kayaking in this state are often tougher than in other states, so if you're not from around here don't forget that a lot of the rivers here are not suitable for beginners. When you're paddling down a Northern Cascade Range river like this one you always get great scenery along the way too. This is one of a small number of paddling sections in this river system,  
there are a few others too. If you're coming from Ellensburg it's not a long drive at all to the put-in location, as you can see on the road map further down. This section is long enough to enjoy a good non stop paddle, good for a one day paddling trip.

Briefly about the general area:
You can never get enough of the delightful skiing at Stevens Pass; Wenatchee National Forest is a good site. And if that's not enough there's loads more enjoyable things to do in the Northern Cascade Range. Here at Deception Creek you'll most likely meet some folks from Skykomish, and why not take a refreshing hike along the Escondido Trail.

Deception Creek, Fisher Creek to Tye 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 Deception Creek.
 Whitewater Near Deception Creek:
Deception Creek, King County, 1 miles away
      Class V+ - 6.5 miles long (Fisher Creek to Tye River)
Tye River, King County, 2 miles away
      Class V - 3.25 miles long (Surprise Creek to Alpine Falls)
Tye River, King County, 3 miles away
      Class IV+ - 7.2 miles long (Alpine Falls to Beckler River)
Martin Creek, King County, 3 miles away
      Class V+ - 3 miles long (along FR 6710)
Foss River, King County, 7 miles away
      Class IV+ - 4.9 miles long (FR 68 Bridge to Highway 2 bridge)
Rapid River, Snohomish County, 7 miles away
      Class IV - 3.6 miles long (Road end to Beckler River)
Beckler River, King/Snohomish County, 9 miles away
      Class II-III - 7.3 miles long (Rapid River to South Fork Skykomish)
Skykomish River - South Fork, Snohomish/King County, 10 miles away
      Class II - 9.5 miles long (Beckler River to bridge above Baring)
Cooper River, Kittitas County, 13 miles away
      Class IV-V - 1.5 miles long (Waterfall to Cle Elum River)
Waptus River, Kittitas County, 13 miles away
      Class II-III+(IV) - 4 miles long (Waptus Lake trail to Salmon La Sac)
 Ski Areas Near Deception Creek:
Stevens Pass, Washington , 7 miles away, 1800 foot drop, 10 lifts, 37 runs
Alpental, Washington , 20 miles away, 2280 foot drop, 5 lifts, 19 runs
Summit at Snoqualmie, Washington , 20 miles away, 2280 foot drop, 26 lifts, 96 runs
Crystal Mountain, Washington , 40 miles away, 3100 foot drop, 11 lifts, 50 runs
White Pass, Washington , 50 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 6 lifts, 32 runs
Mission Ridge, Washington , 58 miles away, 2250 foot drop, 6 lifts, 36 runs
Mt.Baker, Washington , 64 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 8 lifts, 38 runs
Echo Valley, Washington , 79 miles away, 900 foot drop, 4 lifts, 8 runs
Loup Loup Ski Bowl, Washington , 94 miles away, 1240 foot drop, 3 lifts, 10 runs
 Hotels Near Deception Creek:
Suncadia Resort, Cle Elum , 26 miles away
Best Western Snowcap Lodge, Cle Elum , 28 miles away
Timber Lodge Inn, Cle Elum , 29 miles away
Econo Lodge Near Suncadia Resort, Cle Elum , 30 miles away
Sleeping Lady Mountain Resort, Leavenworth , 36 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Deception Creek:
Deception Falls Campground, King County, 2 miles away
Tye Canyon Campground, King County, 2 miles away
Deception Creek Campground, King County, 2 miles away
 Trails Near Deception Creek:
Escondido Trail, Kittitas , 10 miles away,  8 hiking miles, 2634 feet elevation difference
Lake Michael Trail, Kittitas , 11 miles away,  20 hiking miles, 2568 feet elevation difference
Davis Peak Lookout Trail, Kittitas , 14 miles away,  7.4 hiking miles, 4439 feet elevation difference
Cooper Pass Trail, Kittitas , 14 miles away, 4.9 hiking miles, 515 feet elevation difference
Red Mountain Trail, Kittitas , 14 miles away,  4 hiking miles, 3318 feet elevation difference
Kachess Ridge Trail, Kittitas , 15 miles away, 13.8 hiking miles, 4071 feet elevation difference
Jolly Mountain Lookout Trail, Kittitas , 17 miles away,  10.4 hiking miles, 4410 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near Deception Creek:
Mount Rainier National Park, Ashford - WA , 70 miles away
Wenatchee National Forest, Washington , 13 miles away
Lake Easton State Park, Washington , 19 miles away
Iron Horse State Park, Washington , 21 miles away
 Lakes Near Deception Creek
Bonnie Lake, King , 8 miles away
Tucquala Lake, Kittitas , 12 miles away
Spectacle Lake, Kittitas , 12 miles away

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