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Washington whitewater, Nason Creek

Chelan county, Berne to Merritt section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS IV-V     8 miles
  The Berne to Merritt section of Nason Creek is 8 miles long and is a class IV-V section of whitewater according to American Whitewater. The scenic beauty of Chelan County and the cool fresh water are reasons enough to come here and paddle. You might be into whitewater rafting or kayaking or both, doesn't matter, this is an area with plenty of places for that. When you're paddling down a Northern Cascade Range river like this one you
    always get great scenery along the way too. On this section you do get some distance, it's good length for a morning trip. The put-in location is a reasonable drive from Ellensburg, as you can see on the road map further
down. There are some good stretches to paddle in this river system, the Berne to Merritt stretch is one of them. Whitewater rafting and kayaking in this state is often more difficult than elsewhere, so don't forget that rivers here are less forgiving. There's camping available near Nason Creek. The nearby hotels are a bit away from the river, and if you make reservations in advance you're all set. Great exercise and just hanging out with  
mother nature are sure to keep you coming back for more.

Briefly about the general area:
You undeniably must stop by Wenatchee National Forest while you're here at Nason Creek; going for a hike along the Icicle Trail will let you absorb the natural beauty of this area. This place, the Northern Cascade Range, has so much outdoors exciting things. During the months of summer, highs typically are in the 60's at Nason Creek. Summer nighttime lows sink down to the 40's. All through the wintertime this place gets highs in the 20's; overnight lows in the 10's for Nason Creek. All the water falling down from the sky makes Nason Creek a wet site.

Nason Creek, Berne to Merritt 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 Nason Creek.
 Whitewater Near Nason Creek:
Nason Creek, Chelan County, 4 miles away
      Class IV-V - 8 miles long (Berne to Merritt)
Icicle Creek, Chelan County, 8 miles away
      Class II-III+(V) - 3.5 miles long (Rock Island Campground to Ida Creek)
Lake Creek, Chelan County, 9 miles away
      Class V+ - 2 miles long (along FR 400)
Nason Creek, -blank- County, 9 miles away
      Class II-III - 4 miles long (Merritt to Coles Corner)
Icicle Creek, Chelan County, 10 miles away
      Class IV-V(V+) - 9 miles long (Ida Creek to Snow Creek trailhead)
Little Wenatchee River, Chelan County, 11 miles away
      Class IV-V - 3.5 miles long (Fall Creek to Lake Creek Campground)
Wenatchee River, Chelan County, 15 miles away
      Class II - 16.5 miles long (Lake Wenatchee State Park to Tumwater Campground)
Tye River, King County, 16 miles away
      Class V - 3.25 miles long (Surprise Creek to Alpine Falls)
Wenatchee River, Chelan County, 16 miles away
      Class V - 7.5 miles long (Tumwater Campground to Leavenworth)
Cle Elum River, Kittitas County, 16 miles away
      Class IV-V - 8.5 miles long (Scatter Creek to Salmon La Sac Creek)
 Ski Areas Near Nason Creek:
Stevens Pass, Washington , 25 miles away, 1800 foot drop, 10 lifts, 37 runs
Summit at Snoqualmie, Washington , 37 miles away, 2280 foot drop, 26 lifts, 96 runs
Alpental, Washington , 37 miles away, 2280 foot drop, 5 lifts, 19 runs
Mission Ridge, Washington , 44 miles away, 2250 foot drop, 6 lifts, 36 runs
Crystal Mountain, Washington , 54 miles away, 3100 foot drop, 11 lifts, 50 runs
Echo Valley, Washington , 61 miles away, 900 foot drop, 4 lifts, 8 runs
White Pass, Washington , 61 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 6 lifts, 32 runs
Mt.Baker, Washington , 71 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 8 lifts, 38 runs
Loup Loup Ski Bowl, Washington , 76 miles away, 1240 foot drop, 3 lifts, 10 runs
 Hotels Near Nason Creek:
Icicle Village Resort, Leavenworth , 20 miles away
Sleeping Lady Mountain Resort, Leavenworth , 20 miles away
Fairbridge Inn Suites Leaven, Leavenworth , 20 miles away
Howard Johnson Express Inn - Leavenworth, Leavenworth , 21 miles away
Hotel Pension Anna, Leavenworth , 21 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Nason Creek:
Nason Creek, Leavenworth, 2 miles away
Soda Springs Campground, Chelan County, 4 miles away
White Pine Campground, Chelan County, 5 miles away
 Trails Near Nason Creek:
Icicle Trail, Chelan , 10 miles away, 32.7 hiking miles, 7313 feet elevation difference
Lake Michael Trail, Kittitas , 17 miles away,  20 hiking miles, 2568 feet elevation difference
County Line Trail, Chelan , 18 miles away, 0.6 hiking miles, 455 feet elevation difference
Davis Peak Lookout Trail, Kittitas , 19 miles away,  7.4 hiking miles, 4439 feet elevation difference
Snow Lakes Trail, Chelan , 19 miles away, 4.2 hiking miles, 3981 feet elevation difference
Jolly Mountain Lookout Trail, Kittitas , 20 miles away,  10.4 hiking miles, 4410 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near Nason Creek:
Wenatchee National Forest, Washington , 6 miles away
Lake Wenatchee State Park, Washington , 15 miles away
Iron Horse State Park, Washington , 26 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Nason Creek:
Kahler Glen Golf & Ski Resort, Leavenworth , 15 miles away
 Lakes Near Nason Creek
Lake Victoria, Chelan , 11 miles away
Tucquala Lake, Kittitas , 15 miles away
Fish Lake, Chelan , 16 miles away

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