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Washington whitewater, Waptus River

Kittitas county, Waptus Lake trail to Salmon La Sac section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS II-III+(IV)     4 miles
  Whitewater rafting and kayaking in Washington is often more difficult than elsewhere, so better not forget that many runs in this state are not easy. The put-in location is a short drive from Ellensburg, as you can see on the road map further down. The scenic beauty of Kittitas County and the water flowing gracefully down Waptus River make the trip here worthwhile. The Waptus Lake trail to Salmon La Sac section of Waptus River in Washington
    is 4 miles long and it is classified as a class II-III+(IV) section by American Whitewater. This river system has a few good paddling sections and the Waptus Lake trail to Salmon La Sac section is one of them. This section
is long enough to enjoy a good non stop paddle, you can easily run it on an afternoon. 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. For all you camping people there are campgrounds nearby. 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 river winds through  
the Northern Cascade Range and you get great scenery. Getting some good exercise and spending some quality time in nature will have you coming back for more.

Briefly about the general area:
A tour to Lake Easton State Park rejuvenates the soul, and there's splendid hiking along the Davis Peak Lookout Trail. Life's too short to enjoy all the amusing stuff in the Northern Cascade Range. It's always perfect to go to Salmon la Sac; a cool spot to pop by is China Point. This river has it all. Little Salmon la Sac is a good local attraction, and the nice folks of Easton like to hang out close by.

Waptus River, Waptus Lake trail to Salmon La Sac 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 Waptus River.
 Whitewater Near Waptus River:
Cle Elum River, Kittitas County, 1 miles away
      Class II - 4 miles long (Salmon La Sac Creek to Cle Elum Reservoir)
Waptus River, Kittitas County, 1 miles away
      Class II-III+(IV) - 4 miles long (Waptus Lake trail to Salmon La Sac)
Cooper River, Kittitas County, 3 miles away
      Class IV-V - 1.5 miles long (Waterfall to Cle Elum River)
Cle Elum River, Kittitas County, 5 miles away
      Class IV-V - 8.5 miles long (Scatter Creek to Salmon La Sac Creek)
Cle Elum River, Kittitas County, 9 miles away
      Class II - 7.8 miles long (Cle Elum Dam to confluence with Yakima River)
Box Canyon Creek, Kittitas County, 11 miles away
      Class III-IV+(V) - 2 miles long (to Kachess Reservoir)
Deception Creek, King County, 12 miles away
      Class V+ - 6.5 miles long (Fisher Creek to Tye River)
Tye River, King County, 14 miles away
      Class V - 3.25 miles long (Surprise Creek to Alpine Falls)
Teanaway River - North Fork, Kittitas County, 15 miles away
      Class III+ - 3.9 miles long (Johnson Creek to Stafford Creek)
Icicle Creek, Chelan County, 16 miles away
      Class II-III+(V) - 3.5 miles long (Rock Island Campground to Ida Creek)
 Ski Areas Near Waptus River:
Stevens Pass, Washington , 18 miles away, 1800 foot drop, 10 lifts, 37 runs
Summit at Snoqualmie, Washington , 21 miles away, 2280 foot drop, 26 lifts, 96 runs
Alpental, Washington , 22 miles away, 2280 foot drop, 5 lifts, 19 runs
Crystal Mountain, Washington , 34 miles away, 3100 foot drop, 11 lifts, 50 runs
White Pass, Washington , 42 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 6 lifts, 32 runs
Mission Ridge, Washington , 49 miles away, 2250 foot drop, 6 lifts, 36 runs
Echo Valley, Washington , 76 miles away, 900 foot drop, 4 lifts, 8 runs
Mt.Baker, Washington , 77 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 8 lifts, 38 runs
Loup Loup Ski Bowl, Washington , 94 miles away, 1240 foot drop, 3 lifts, 10 runs
 Hotels Near Waptus River:
Suncadia Resort, Cle Elum , 12 miles away
Best Western Snowcap Lodge, Cle Elum , 15 miles away
Timber Lodge Inn, Cle Elum , 16 miles away
Econo Lodge Near Suncadia Resort, Cle Elum , 17 miles away
Sleeping Lady Mountain Resort, Leavenworth , 30 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Waptus River:
Salmon La Sac - Wenatchee National Forest, Chelan, 1 miles away
Salmon la Sac Campground, Kittitas County, 1 miles away
Cayuse Campground, Kittitas County, 1 miles away
 Trails Near Waptus River:
Davis Peak Lookout Trail, Kittitas , 1 miles away,  7.4 hiking miles, 4439 feet elevation difference
Red Mountain Trail, Kittitas , 2 miles away,  4 hiking miles, 3318 feet elevation difference
Jolly Mountain Lookout Trail, Kittitas , 4 miles away,  10.4 hiking miles, 4410 feet elevation difference
Lake Michael Trail, Kittitas , 4 miles away,  20 hiking miles, 2568 feet elevation difference
Sasse Mountain Trail, Kittitas , 4 miles away, 12 hiking miles, 4012 feet elevation difference
Domerie Peak Trail, Kittitas , 6 miles away, 9.2 hiking miles, 2254 feet elevation difference
Kachess Ridge Trail, Kittitas , 6 miles away, 13.8 hiking miles, 4071 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near Waptus River:
Mount Rainier National Park, Ashford - WA , 68 miles away
Iron Horse State Park, Washington , 8 miles away
Lake Easton State Park, Washington , 10 miles away
Wenatchee National Forest, Washington , 15 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Waptus River:
Prospector Golf At Suncadia, Cle Elum , 12 miles away
Suncadia Prospector Golf, Cle Elum , 13 miles away
 Lakes Near Waptus River
Tucquala Lake, Kittitas , 5 miles away
Spectacle Lake, Kittitas , 12 miles away
Bonnie Lake, King , 13 miles away

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