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Washington whitewater, Lost River

Okanogan county, Drake Creek to Methow River confluence section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS IV-V     12 miles
  If you're coming from Wenatchee it's not a long drive at all to the put-in location, as you can see on the road map further down. The average Washington whitewater rafting or kayaking river tends to be harder to run than those in other states, so don't forget that lots of rivers here are not for beginners. This river system has a few good paddling sections and the Drake Creek to Methow River confluence section is one of them. You can enjoy
    this section more if you take your time, so why not pack your sleeping bag too. Whitewater paddling here in the Northern Cascade Range is a great experience. There's camping available near Lost River. You might be into whitewater
rafting or kayaking or both, doesn't matter, this is an area with plenty of rivers for that. A bit of exercise and a chance to spend some time outdoors will have you coming back for more. Not too many hotels nearby, you'll have to drive a bit to get to one, and if you make reservations in advance you're all set. This section of Lost River in Washington is 12 miles long and has been rated as a class IV-V section by American Whitewater. The  
natural beauty of Okanogan County and the playfulness of the water are reasons enough to come here and paddle.

Briefly about the general area:
Near Lost River you locate the Driveway Butte Trail which is a tremendous hiking trail. Okanogan National Forest is a great place to stop at, and there is a good hiking trail nearby called the Monument Creek Trail. This is such a fun river. Lost River is a location that is rather dry generally. During the month of December you get the most snow around here, and July meanwhile is the driest month. All through the warm months here at Lost River, high temperatures mostly reach the 80's, and during summer nights temperatures are in the 50's.

Lost River, Drake Creek to Methow River confluence 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 Lost River.
 Whitewater Near Lost River:
Lost River, Okanogan County, 5 miles away
      Class IV-V - 12 miles long (Drake Creek to Methow River confluence)
Methow River, Okanogan County, 8 miles away
      Class II(III) - 54 miles long (River Bend Campground to Carlton)
Twisp River, Okanogan County, 18 miles away
      Class III - 10 miles long (Buttermilk Creek to town of Twisp)
Chewuch River, Okanogan County, 20 miles away
      Class II+(IV) - 8 miles long (Five Mile Bridge to Winthrop)
Chewuch River, Okanogan County, 22 miles away
      Class III - 13 miles long (Camp Four to Five Mile Bridge)
Chewuch River, Okanogan County, 23 miles away
      Class IV-V - 5 miles long (Andrews Camp to Camp Four)
Canyon Creek - Skagit Tributary, Whatcom County, 24 miles away
      Class IV-V - 6.7 miles long (Slate Creek to Granite Creek)
Granite Creek, Skagit/whatcom County, 28 miles away
      Class IV-V(V+) - 4.6 miles long (Highway 20 to Beebe Creek)
 Ski Areas Near Lost River:
Loup Loup Ski Bowl, Washington , 40 miles away, 1240 foot drop, 3 lifts, 10 runs
Echo Valley, Washington , 45 miles away, 900 foot drop, 4 lifts, 8 runs
Apex Mountain, British Columbia , 48 miles away, 2000 foot drop, 5 lifts, 68 runs
Mission Ridge, Washington , 66 miles away, 2250 foot drop, 6 lifts, 36 runs
Stevens Pass, Washington , 75 miles away, 1800 foot drop, 10 lifts, 37 runs
Mt.Baker, Washington , 84 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 8 lifts, 38 runs
Mount Baldy, British Columbia , 86 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 2 lifts, 20 runs
Alpental, Washington , 90 miles away, 2280 foot drop, 5 lifts, 19 runs
Summit at Snoqualmie, Washington , 90 miles away, 2280 foot drop, 26 lifts, 96 runs
 Hotels Near Lost River:
Freestone Inn, Mazama , 6 miles away
Sun Mountain Lodge, Winthrop , 17 miles away
Mt Gardner Inn, Winthrop , 22 miles away
Lakeside Lodge And Suites, Chelan , 49 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Lost River:
Gate Creek Campground, Okanogan County, 5 miles away
Yellowjacket Sno-Park, Stehekin, 5 miles away
Early Winters Campground, Okanogan County, 6 miles away
 Trails Near Lost River:
Monument Creek Trail, Okanogan , 4 miles away,  29.8 hiking miles, 4673 feet elevation difference
Driveway Butte Trail, Okanogan , 8 miles away,  9.4 hiking miles, 3442 feet elevation difference
Boundary Trail, Okanogan , 11 miles away, 18.9 hiking miles, 3809 feet elevation difference
West Fork Methow Trail, Okanogan , 14 miles away,  14.4 hiking miles, 1890 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near Lost River:
Okanogan National Forest, Washington , 3 miles away
Pearrygin Lake State Park, Washington , 24 miles away
Twenty-Five Mile Creek State Park, Washington , 36 miles away

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