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Washington whitewater, Methow River

Okanogan county, Carlton to McFarland Creek access section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS II     9.5 miles
  The natural beauty of Okanogan County and the beautiful way the water current moves down the stream make the trip here worthwhile. The Carlton to McFarland Creek access section of Methow River in Washington is 9.5 miles long and has been determined by American Whitewater to be a class II section. The starting location is a reasonable drive from Wenatchee, as you can see on the road map further down. Great exercise and just hanging out with
    mother nature have people coming from far and near. For all you camping people there are campgrounds nearby. The average whitewater rafting or kayaking river tends to be a bit harder to master in this state than those in
other states, so keep in mind that lots of rivers here are not for beginners. Since you're on this site you are probably into whitewater rafting or kayaking, either way this is an area with plenty of spots for that. The Carlton to McFarland Creek access section is one of a few paddling sections in this river system. The nearby hotels are a bit away from the river, but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick. The  
beauty of the Northern Cascade Range is a great plus for this river. This is a pretty decent length section, it's perfect for a one day trip.

Briefly about the general area:
Take a hike on the Bluff Lake Trail, and a spree to Pearrygin Lake State Park is a glorious idea. Having a glorious time in the Northern Cascade Range is simple. People from Carlton love to come to Methow River, and everybody nearby loves skiing at Echo Valley. This river has it all. A visit to Methow River wouldn’t be complete without a tour to close by Alta Lake State Park. Methow River gets very little rain.

Methow River, Carlton to McFarland Creek access 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:
Methow River, Okanogan County, 3 miles away
      Class II - 9.5 miles long (Carlton to McFarland Creek access)
Methow River, Okanogan County, 3 miles away
      Class III - 16.2 miles long (McFarland Creek access to Pateros)
Chelan River, Chelan County, 18 miles away
      Class IV-V - 4 miles long (Lake Chelan to Columbia River)
Chewuch River, Okanogan County, 18 miles away
      Class II+(IV) - 8 miles long (Five Mile Bridge to Winthrop)
Twisp River, Okanogan County, 19 miles away
      Class III - 10 miles long (Buttermilk Creek to town of Twisp)
Chewuch River, Okanogan County, 24 miles away
      Class III - 13 miles long (Camp Four to Five Mile Bridge)
Chewuch River, Okanogan County, 27 miles away
      Class IV-V - 5 miles long (Andrews Camp to Camp Four)
Entiat River, Chelan County, 28 miles away
      Class II+ - 14.5 miles long (Ardenvoir to Columbia River)
 Ski Areas Near Methow River:
Echo Valley, Washington , 12 miles away, 900 foot drop, 4 lifts, 8 runs
Loup Loup Ski Bowl, Washington , 15 miles away, 1240 foot drop, 3 lifts, 10 runs
Mission Ridge, Washington , 47 miles away, 2250 foot drop, 6 lifts, 36 runs
Apex Mountain, British Columbia , 56 miles away, 2000 foot drop, 5 lifts, 68 runs
Mount Baldy, British Columbia , 73 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 2 lifts, 20 runs
Stevens Pass, Washington , 86 miles away, 1800 foot drop, 10 lifts, 37 runs
Summit at Snoqualmie, Washington , 99 miles away, 2280 foot drop, 26 lifts, 96 runs
Alpental, Washington , 99 miles away, 2280 foot drop, 5 lifts, 19 runs
 Beaches Near Methow River:
Minneapolis Beach, Chelan , 16 miles away
 Hotels Near Methow River:
Mt Gardner Inn, Winthrop , 14 miles away
Lakeside Lodge And Suites, Chelan , 17 miles away
Sun Mountain Lodge, Winthrop , 17 miles away
Freestone Inn, Mazama , 31 miles away
Blue Mountain Motel, Okanogan , 35 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Methow River:
Averill, Methow, 3 miles away
South Fork Gold Creek Sno-Park, Carlton, 5 miles away
Foggy Dew Campground, Okanogan County, 7 miles away
 Trails Near Methow River:
Bluff Lake Trail, Lewis , 15 miles away,  19 hiking miles, 3531 feet elevation difference
Pearrygin Trail, Okanogan , 18 miles away,  3 hiking miles, 920 feet elevation difference
Cathedral Driveway, Okanogan , 18 miles away,  9.6 hiking miles, 1569 feet elevation difference
South Fork Trail, Okanogan , 19 miles away,  6 hiking miles, 1150 feet elevation difference
Shrew Creek Trail, Okanogan , 19 miles away, 3.9 hiking miles, 2639 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near Methow River:
Alta Lake State Park, Washington , 13 miles away
Pearrygin Lake State Park, Washington , 14 miles away
Twenty-Five Mile Creek State Park, Washington , 15 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Methow River:
Bear Creek Golf Course, Winthrop , 13 miles away
Alta Lake Golf Resort, Pateros , 13 miles away
Lake Chelan Municipal Golf Course, Chelan , 17 miles away
 Lakes Near Methow River
Lake Chelan, Chelan , 18 miles away
Rowel Lake, Okanogan , 18 miles away

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