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Washington whitewater, Wenatchee River

Chelan county, Lake Wenatchee State Park to Tumwater Campground section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS II     16.5 miles
  The nature scenery of Washington and the sparkling of the sunlight on the water are in themselves reasons enough to come here to paddle. If you've been whitewater rafting and kayaking outside this state you might find the rivers here a bit more challenging, so better not forget that the rivers in this state are less manageable. The starting point is not too far from Wenatchee, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further
    down the page. The Lake Wenatchee State Park to Tumwater Campground stretch of Wenatchee River in Chelan County is 16.5 miles long and is according to American Whitewater a class II section of whitewater. There arenít any
hotels right nearby but if you're willing to drive a short distance then no problem but do book a room before you come because it is a very popular destination. This stretch is long enough for an overnight trip if you take your time, so go ahead and pack your sleeping bag. Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking this area has a large number of paddling rivers. The river winds through the Northern Cascade Range and you get great scenery.  
And of course, there are campgrounds nearby. Getting some good exercise and a chance to spend some time outdoors will make you glad you came. There are so many sections to paddle in this river system, the Lake Wenatchee State Park to Tumwater Campground section is just one of many.

Briefly about the general area:
Go for a hike on the Icicle Trail, and Lake Wenatchee State Park is a charming place any time of year. Now, you may imagine that's heaps but there's even more exciting stuff to do here in the Northern Cascade Range. Don't leave Wenatchee River without first going for a hike along the Snow Lakes Trail.

Wenatchee River, Lake Wenatchee State Park to Tumwater Campground 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 Wenatchee River.
 Whitewater Near Wenatchee River:
Wenatchee River, Chelan County, 3 miles away
      Class II - 16.5 miles long (Lake Wenatchee State Park to Tumwater Campground)
Wenatchee River, Chelan County, 5 miles away
      Class V - 7.5 miles long (Tumwater Campground to Leavenworth)
Nason Creek, -blank- County, 6 miles away
      Class II-III - 4 miles long (Merritt to Coles Corner)
Whitewater Outfitter - Tube Leavenworth, Chelan County, 7 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Icicle Creek, Chelan County, 9 miles away
      Class IV+ - 2.2 miles long (Snow Creek trailhead to Leavenworth Hatchery)
Icicle Creek, Chelan County, 10 miles away
      Class IV-V(V+) - 9 miles long (Ida Creek to Snow Creek trailhead)
Wenatchee River, Chelan County, 12 miles away
      Class III - 18.6 miles long (Leavenworth to Monitor)
Ingalls Creek, Chelan County, 14 miles away
      Class IV - 1 miles long (Ingalls Creek Road to Peshastin Creek)
Entiat River, Chelan County, 14 miles away
      Class III-IV(V+) - 6.7 miles long (Cottonwood Campground to FR 5605)
Peshastin Creek, Chelan County, 14 miles away
      Class III-IV - 8.5 miles long (Highway 97 culvert to Wenatchee River)
 Ski Areas Near Wenatchee River:
Mission Ridge, Washington , 31 miles away, 2250 foot drop, 6 lifts, 36 runs
Stevens Pass, Washington , 39 miles away, 1800 foot drop, 10 lifts, 37 runs
Echo Valley, Washington , 47 miles away, 900 foot drop, 4 lifts, 8 runs
Summit at Snoqualmie, Washington , 50 miles away, 2280 foot drop, 26 lifts, 96 runs
Alpental, Washington , 50 miles away, 2280 foot drop, 5 lifts, 19 runs
Loup Loup Ski Bowl, Washington , 64 miles away, 1240 foot drop, 3 lifts, 10 runs
Crystal Mountain, Washington , 64 miles away, 3100 foot drop, 11 lifts, 50 runs
White Pass, Washington , 69 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 6 lifts, 32 runs
Mt.Baker, Washington , 83 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 8 lifts, 38 runs
Apex Mountain, British Columbia , 95 miles away, 2000 foot drop, 5 lifts, 68 runs
 Hotels Near Wenatchee River:
Icicle Village Resort, Leavenworth , 8 miles away
Fairbridge Inn Suites Leaven, Leavenworth , 8 miles away
Howard Johnson Express Inn - Leavenworth, Leavenworth , 8 miles away
Hotel Pension Anna, Leavenworth , 8 miles away
Hampton Inn - Suites Leavenworth, Leavenworth , 9 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Wenatchee River:
Fish Pond Campground, Chelan County, 1 miles away
Blu Shastin RV Park, Leavenworth, 2 miles away
Nason Creek Campground, Chelan County, 3 miles away
 Trails Near Wenatchee River:
Icicle Trail, Chelan , 10 miles away, 32.7 hiking miles, 7313 feet elevation difference
Snow Lakes Trail, Chelan , 10 miles away, 4.2 hiking miles, 3981 feet elevation difference
Hunters Trail, Chelan , 14 miles away,  11.4 hiking miles, 2937 feet elevation difference
Duncan Hill Trail, Chelan , 15 miles away,  27.2 hiking miles, 5038 feet elevation difference
County Line Trail, Chelan , 16 miles away, 0.6 hiking miles, 455 feet elevation difference
Miller Peak Trail, Kittitas , 17 miles away,  4 hiking miles, 2765 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near Wenatchee River:
Lake Wenatchee State Park, Washington , 4 miles away
Wenatchee National Forest, Washington , 20 miles away
Wenatchee Confluence State Park, Washington , 31 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Wenatchee River:
Kahler Glen Golf & Ski Resort, Leavenworth , 3 miles away
Leavenworth Golf Club, Leavenworth , 8 miles away
Mount Cashmere Golf Course, Cashmere , 18 miles away
 Lakes Near Wenatchee River
Fish Lake, Chelan , 5 miles away
Toketie Lake, Chelan , 11 miles away
Lake Victoria, Chelan , 11 miles away

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