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Washington whitewater, Stehekin River

Chelan county, Agnes Creek to Lake Chelan section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS II(IV)     10 miles
  This stretch of Stehekin River in Chelan County is 10 miles long and is rated by American Whitewater as a class II(IV) section. The nature scenery of Washington and the water flowing gracefully down Stehekin River are reasons enough to come here and paddle. Whitewater rafting and kayaking in Washington is often more difficult than elsewhere, so if you're not from around here don't forget that rivers here are less forgiving. Not too many hotels
    nearby, you'll have to drive a bit to get to one, but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick. The put-in is not too far from Wenatchee, please print out a copy of the road map further down the
page so you won’t get lost. The river winds through the Northern Cascade Range and you get great scenery. If you're a camper you can camp at one of the great campgrounds nearby. Some people prefer whitewater rafting and some kayaking, either way this area has a large number of paddling spots. Great exercise and just hanging out with mother nature are great attractions for lots of people. There are some good sections to paddle in this river  
system, the Agnes Creek to Lake Chelan section is one of them. If you have the time you can make this a two day trip, so why not pack your sleeping bag too.

Briefly about the general area:
There's glorious hiking along the Rainbow Lake Trail; hiking is a popular thing to do around Stehekin River; Park Creek Trail is a perfect local trail. Life's too short to enjoy all the entertaining stuff in the Northern Cascade Range. During the warm months highs here at Stehekin River get into the 70's. Once the sun is down it sinks down to the 50's. The cold days of the winter come with highs in the 30's with temperatures at Stehekin River dipping down into the 20's throughout winter nights.

Stehekin River, Agnes Creek to Lake Chelan 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 Stehekin River.
 Whitewater Near Stehekin River:
Stehekin River, Chelan County, 5 miles away
      Class II(IV) - 10 miles long (Agnes Creek to Lake Chelan)
Granite Creek, Skagit/whatcom County, 14 miles away
      Class IV-V(V+) - 4.6 miles long (Highway 20 to Beebe Creek)
Entiat River, Chelan County, 17 miles away
      Class III-IV(V+) - 6.7 miles long (Cottonwood Campground to FR 5605)
Granite Creek, Whatcom County, 18 miles away
      Class IV - 5 miles long (Beebe Creek to Panther Creek)
Canyon Creek - Skagit Tributary, Whatcom County, 19 miles away
      Class IV-V - 6.7 miles long (Slate Creek to Granite Creek)
Methow River, Okanogan County, 20 miles away
      Class II(III) - 54 miles long (River Bend Campground to Carlton)
Entiat River, Chelan County, 23 miles away
      Class III-IV(V+) - 2.5 miles long (FR 5605 to Tommy Creek trailhead)
Wenatchee River, Chelan County, 25 miles away
      Class II - 16.5 miles long (Lake Wenatchee State Park to Tumwater Campground)
Entiat River, Chelan County, 26 miles away
      Class IV+ - 3 miles long (Lake Creek Campground to National Forest boundary)
Nason Creek, -blank- County, 27 miles away
      Class II-III - 4 miles long (Merritt to Coles Corner)
 Ski Areas Near Stehekin River:
Stevens Pass, Washington , 48 miles away, 1800 foot drop, 10 lifts, 37 runs
Echo Valley, Washington , 52 miles away, 900 foot drop, 4 lifts, 8 runs
Mission Ridge, Washington , 55 miles away, 2250 foot drop, 6 lifts, 36 runs
Loup Loup Ski Bowl, Washington , 58 miles away, 1240 foot drop, 3 lifts, 10 runs
Alpental, Washington , 62 miles away, 2280 foot drop, 5 lifts, 19 runs
Summit at Snoqualmie, Washington , 63 miles away, 2280 foot drop, 26 lifts, 96 runs
Mt.Baker, Washington , 67 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 8 lifts, 38 runs
Apex Mountain, British Columbia , 76 miles away, 2000 foot drop, 5 lifts, 68 runs
Crystal Mountain, Washington , 82 miles away, 3100 foot drop, 11 lifts, 50 runs
White Pass, Washington , 90 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 6 lifts, 32 runs
 Hotels Near Stehekin River:
Freestone Inn, Mazama , 25 miles away
Sun Mountain Lodge, Winthrop , 35 miles away
Hotel Pension Anna, Leavenworth , 35 miles away
Howard Johnson Express Inn - Leavenworth, Leavenworth , 35 miles away
Fairbridge Inn Suites Leaven, Leavenworth , 35 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Stehekin River:
Harlequin, Stehekin, 3 miles away
Company Creek Campground, Chelan County, 3 miles away
Rainbow Falls Campground, Chelan County, 4 miles away
 Trails Near Stehekin River:
Rainbow Lake Trail, Chelan , 3 miles away,  24.8 hiking miles, 6260 feet elevation difference
Park Creek Trail, Chelan , 13 miles away,  13 hiking miles, 4110 feet elevation difference
Pacific Crest Trail - section 26, overlapping , 14 miles away, 130.3 hiking miles, 5875 feet elevation difference
West Fork Methow Trail, Okanogan , 16 miles away,  14.4 hiking miles, 1890 feet elevation difference
Mill Creek Trail, Whatcom , 16 miles away,  29.4 hiking miles, 5463 feet elevation difference
Duncan Hill Trail, Chelan , 16 miles away,  27.2 hiking miles, 5038 feet elevation difference
Miners Creek Trail, Snohomish , 17 miles away,  14.6 hiking miles, 1884 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near Stehekin River:
Lake Wenatchee State Park, Washington , 24 miles away
Okanogan National Forest, Washington , 31 miles away
Wenatchee National Forest, Washington , 34 miles away

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