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Washington whitewater, Methow River

Okanogan county, River Bend Campground to Carlton section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS II(III)     54 miles
  The wonderful Okanogan County scenery and the sparkling of the sunlight on the water are in themselves reasons enough to come here to paddle. 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 large number of rivers in this state are not easy. The starting location is a short drive from Wenatchee, if you're not familiar with the area there's
    a road map further down the page. The beautiful Northern Cascade Range scenery is an added bonus. If you're a camper you can camp at one of the great campgrounds nearby. Now this is a pretty long section, so it looks like
you will be camping out. Getting some good exercise and just being out on the river for a while have a lot of people coming here. This stretch of Methow River is 54 miles long and it is classified as a class II(III) section by American Whitewater. No matter if you're whitewater rafting or kayaking there are lots of good places for that around here. There are plenty of other stretches in this river system that can be paddled as well. Not too  
many hotels nearby, you'll have to drive a bit to get to one, but do book a room before you come because it is a very popular destination.

Briefly about the general area:
Methow River is right by the Driveway Butte Trail; Okanogan National Forest is worth a visit. You just can't envision the amount of outdoors exciting stuff the Northern Cascade Range has to offer. Everybody loves Pearrygin Lake State Park. High temperatures at Methow River during the warm months are in the 80's, and during the night it cools down to the 50's. For the period of the winter the highs are typically in the 20's, and night lows during the winter for Methow River tend to be in the 10's.

Methow River, River Bend Campground to Carlton 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 Methow River.
 Whitewater Near Methow River:
Twisp River, Okanogan County, 4 miles away
      Class III - 10 miles long (Buttermilk Creek to town of Twisp)
Chewuch River, Okanogan County, 12 miles away
      Class II+(IV) - 8 miles long (Five Mile Bridge to Winthrop)
Lost River, Okanogan County, 16 miles away
      Class IV-V - 12 miles long (Drake Creek to Methow River confluence)
Methow River, Okanogan County, 18 miles away
      Class II(III) - 54 miles long (River Bend Campground to Carlton)
Methow River, Okanogan County, 18 miles away
      Class II - 9.5 miles long (Carlton to McFarland Creek access)
Chewuch River, Okanogan County, 19 miles away
      Class III - 13 miles long (Camp Four to Five Mile Bridge)
Chewuch River, Okanogan County, 22 miles away
      Class IV-V - 5 miles long (Andrews Camp to Camp Four)
Methow River, Okanogan County, 24 miles away
      Class III - 16.2 miles long (McFarland Creek access to Pateros)
Entiat River, Chelan County, 27 miles away
      Class III-IV(V+) - 2.5 miles long (FR 5605 to Tommy Creek trailhead)
Entiat River, Chelan County, 27 miles away
      Class IV+ - 3 miles long (Lake Creek Campground to National Forest boundary)
 Ski Areas Near Methow River:
Loup Loup Ski Bowl, Washington , 29 miles away, 1240 foot drop, 3 lifts, 10 runs
Echo Valley, Washington , 30 miles away, 900 foot drop, 4 lifts, 8 runs
Apex Mountain, British Columbia , 53 miles away, 2000 foot drop, 5 lifts, 68 runs
Mission Ridge, Washington , 53 miles away, 2250 foot drop, 6 lifts, 36 runs
Stevens Pass, Washington , 75 miles away, 1800 foot drop, 10 lifts, 37 runs
Mount Baldy, British Columbia , 82 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 2 lifts, 20 runs
Alpental, Washington , 88 miles away, 2280 foot drop, 5 lifts, 19 runs
Summit at Snoqualmie, Washington , 88 miles away, 2280 foot drop, 26 lifts, 96 runs
Mt.Baker, Washington , 93 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 8 lifts, 38 runs
 Hotels Near Methow River:
Sun Mountain Lodge, Winthrop , 6 miles away
Freestone Inn, Mazama , 10 miles away
Mt Gardner Inn, Winthrop , 11 miles away
Lakeside Lodge And Suites, Chelan , 34 miles away
Hampton Inn - Suites Leavenworth, Leavenworth , 44 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Methow River:
Twisp River Sno-Park, Winthrop, 4 miles away
Winthrop KOA Kampground, Winthrop, 5 miles away
Rocking Horse Ranch, Winthrop, 5 miles away
 Trails Near Methow River:
Driveway Butte Trail, Okanogan , 15 miles away,  9.4 hiking miles, 3442 feet elevation difference
Monument Creek Trail, Okanogan , 17 miles away,  29.8 hiking miles, 4673 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near Methow River:
Pearrygin Lake State Park, Washington , 14 miles away
Okanogan National Forest, Washington , 14 miles away
Twenty-Five Mile Creek State Park, Washington , 22 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Methow River:
Bear Creek Golf Course, Winthrop , 13 miles away

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