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Washington whitewater, Naches River

Yakima county, Sawmill Flat to bl. Town of Naches section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS II-III     34 miles
On July 19, 2009 we started at Boulder caves, floated for 2 1/2 hours and got out at Squaw Rock resort. The gauge was 50. 3 ft. There was just enough water, any lower and we would have been hitting rocks in the riffles. It was way fun!! The only thing to look out for is the ''Gaunlet''. About 3/4 of the way down. STAY LEFT. There is a large rock that splits the river, if you stay left it is a fun ride, otherwise you will end up plastered
    to the rock.

We were in inflatable kayaks.
Have fun!!
Says Lori

The Sawmill Flat to bl. Town of Naches section of Naches River in Washington is 34 miles long and is according to American Whitewater
a class II-III section of whitewater. If you've been whitewater rafting and kayaking outside Washington you might find the rivers here a bit more challenging, so if you're not from around here don't forget that a large number of rivers in this state are not easy. The natural beauty of Yakima County and the playfulness of the water attract people from near and far. If you're coming from Ellensburg it's not a long drive at all to the starting location,  
there's a road map further down the page with more info on that. The Northern Cascade Range scenery is wonderful. The campgrounds here at Naches River are pretty good. This is one of a small number of paddling stretches in this river system, there are a few others too. You might have to settle for a hotel a bit away from the river if you want to stay the night, but if you donít have reservations you might end up sleeping in your car. A section like this is is of course not run in a single day, perfect for a real wilderness adventure. Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking there are lots of good rivers for that around here.

Naches River, Sawmill Flat to bl. Town of Naches road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.


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These outdoors activities are available near Naches River.
 Whitewater Near Naches River:
Tieton River, Yakima County, 7 miles away
      Class II-III - 8.5 miles long (Windy Point Campground to Naches)
Rattlesnake Creek - Naches Tributary, Yakima County, 13 miles away
      Class III - 7.7 miles long (North Fork to Nile Road Bridge)
Yakima River, Benton/Yakima County, 16 miles away
      Class II - 15.1 miles long (Confluence with Teanaway River to Thorp)
Naches River, Yakima County, 17 miles away
      Class II-III - 34 miles long (Sawmill Flat to bl. Town of Naches)
Whitewater Outfitter - Rill Adventures Raft Rentals, Kittitas County, 18 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Tieton River, Yakima County, 19 miles away
      Class III+ - 11.5 miles long (Rimrock Reservoir to Windy Point Campground)
Whitewater Outfitter - River Raft Rentals, Kittitas County, 19 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Teanaway River, Kittitas County, 20 miles away
      Class II+ - 7 miles long (North Fork Teanaway to East Masterson Road)
American River, Yakima County, 21 miles away
      Class II+ - 5 miles long (American Forks to Sawmill Flat)
Cle Elum River, Kittitas County, 23 miles away
      Class II - 7.8 miles long (Cle Elum Dam to confluence with Yakima River)
 Ski Areas Near Naches River:
White Pass, Washington , 37 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 6 lifts, 32 runs
Mission Ridge, Washington , 39 miles away, 2250 foot drop, 6 lifts, 36 runs
Crystal Mountain, Washington , 42 miles away, 3100 foot drop, 11 lifts, 50 runs
Summit at Snoqualmie, Washington , 46 miles away, 2280 foot drop, 26 lifts, 96 runs
Alpental, Washington , 48 miles away, 2280 foot drop, 5 lifts, 19 runs
Stevens Pass, Washington , 50 miles away, 1800 foot drop, 10 lifts, 37 runs
Echo Valley, Washington , 77 miles away, 900 foot drop, 4 lifts, 8 runs
Cooper Spur, Oregon , 84 miles away, 500 foot drop, 2 lifts, 10 runs
Mt. Hood Meadows, Oregon , 89 miles away, 2777 foot drop, 12 lifts, 87 runs
Timberline Lodge, Oregon , 91 miles away, 3590 foot drop, 6 lifts, 32 runs
 Hotels Near Naches River:
Econo Lodge Near Suncadia Resort, Cle Elum , 17 miles away
Timber Lodge Inn, Cle Elum , 18 miles away
Best Western Snowcap Lodge, Cle Elum , 18 miles away
Suncadia Resort, Cle Elum , 20 miles away
Hampton Inn Ellensburg, Ellensburg , 21 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Naches River:
Hanging Tree Campground, Yakima County, 5 miles away
Rattlesnake Sno-Park, Thorp, 5 miles away
Wenas Camp, Naches, 6 miles away
 Trails Near Naches River:
Keenan Meadows Trail, Klickitat , 12 miles away, 2.9 hiking miles, 826 feet elevation difference
Frost Mountain Lookout Trail, Kittitas , 15 miles away, 4.6 hiking miles, 2361 feet elevation difference
Fishhook Flats Trail, Kittitas , 15 miles away, 2 hiking miles, 581 feet elevation difference
Kaner Flat Trail, Kittitas , 16 miles away, 7.3 hiking miles, 4400 feet elevation difference
Quartz Creek Trail, Kittitas , 18 miles away, 6.6 hiking miles, 3413 feet elevation difference
North Fork Taneum Trail, Kittitas , 19 miles away,  18 hiking miles, 2630 feet elevation difference
Hicks Butte Trail, Kittitas , 19 miles away, 1.4 hiking miles, 271 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near Naches River:
Fort Simcoe State Park, Washington , 23 miles away
Iron Horse State Park, Washington , 25 miles away
Olmstead Place State Park, Washington , 29 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Naches River:
Suncadia Prospector Golf, Cle Elum , 19 miles away
Ellensburg Golf & Country Club, Ellensburg , 19 miles away
 Lakes Near Naches River
Lost Lake, Kittitas , 10 miles away
Rimrock Lake, Yakima , 19 miles away

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