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Washington whitewater, Wenatchee River

Chelan county, Tumwater Campground to Leavenworth section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS V     7.5 miles
  This stretch of Wenatchee River in Washington is 7.5 miles long and is rated by American Whitewater as a class V section. The put-in location is a short drive from Ellensburg, as you can see on the road map further down. The natural beauty of Chelan County and the beautiful way the water current moves down the stream beats anything. Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in Washington are harder than the national norm, so if you're visiting
    here do keep in mind that many runs in this state are not easy. No matter if you're whitewater rafting or kayaking there are lots of good rivers for that around here. On this section you do get some distance, you can easily
run it on an afternoon. Great exercise and spending some quality time in nature will have you coming back for more. The campgrounds here at Wenatchee River are pretty good. The Tumwater Campground to Leavenworth stretch is one of many paddling stretches in this river system. Lodging is available near the river, but if you donít have reservations you might end up sleeping in your car.

Briefly about the general area:
River is a place with many visitors from Leavenworth. Lake Wenatchee State Park is a pleasant place to check out, and there's great hiking along the Snow Lakes Trail. The surroundings of this river have so much to offer. You need to stop at Castle Rock if you're here at Wenatchee River; the Icicle Trail offers hiking at its best. The amount of precipitation that falls at Wenatchee River is close to the national average. The month with most of the snow is January while July is regularly the driest month. At Wenatchee River all through the warm months highs are in the 80's. All through the dark hours of summer temperatures drop down into the 40's.

Wenatchee River, Tumwater Campground to Leavenworth 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 Wenatchee River.
 Whitewater Near Wenatchee River:
Wenatchee River, Chelan County, 2 miles away
      Class V - 7.5 miles long (Tumwater Campground to Leavenworth)
Icicle Creek, Chelan County, 3 miles away
      Class IV+ - 2.2 miles long (Snow Creek trailhead to Leavenworth Hatchery)
Whitewater Outfitter - Tube Leavenworth, Chelan County, 4 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Ingalls Creek, Chelan County, 7 miles away
      Class IV - 1 miles long (Ingalls Creek Road to Peshastin Creek)
Wenatchee River, Chelan County, 8 miles away
      Class III - 18.6 miles long (Leavenworth to Monitor)
Peshastin Creek, Chelan County, 8 miles away
      Class III-IV - 8.5 miles long (Highway 97 culvert to Wenatchee River)
Wenatchee River, Chelan County, 9 miles away
      Class II - 16.5 miles long (Lake Wenatchee State Park to Tumwater Campground)
Icicle Creek, Chelan County, 10 miles away
      Class IV-V(V+) - 9 miles long (Ida Creek to Snow Creek trailhead)
Nason Creek, -blank- County, 10 miles away
      Class II-III - 4 miles long (Merritt to Coles Corner)
Icicle Creek, Chelan County, 15 miles away
      Class II-III+(V) - 3.5 miles long (Rock Island Campground to Ida Creek)
 Ski Areas Near Wenatchee River:
Mission Ridge, Washington , 26 miles away, 2250 foot drop, 6 lifts, 36 runs
Stevens Pass, Washington , 41 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 , 51 miles away, 2280 foot drop, 5 lifts, 19 runs
Crystal Mountain, Washington , 62 miles away, 3100 foot drop, 11 lifts, 50 runs
Loup Loup Ski Bowl, Washington , 66 miles away, 1240 foot drop, 3 lifts, 10 runs
White Pass, Washington , 66 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 6 lifts, 32 runs
Mt.Baker, Washington , 88 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 8 lifts, 38 runs
Apex Mountain, British Columbia , 100 miles away, 2000 foot drop, 5 lifts, 68 runs
 Hotels Near Wenatchee River:
Icicle Village Resort, Leavenworth , 2 miles away
Fairbridge Inn Suites Leaven, Leavenworth , 3 miles away
Howard Johnson Express Inn - Leavenworth, Leavenworth , 3 miles away
Hotel Pension Anna, Leavenworth , 3 miles away
Sleeping Lady Mountain Resort, Leavenworth , 3 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Wenatchee River:
Icicle River RV Park, Leavenworth, 3 miles away
Tumwater Campground, Chelan County, 4 miles away
Chalet RV Park, Leavenworth, 4 miles away
 Trails Near Wenatchee River:
Snow Lakes Trail, Chelan , 4 miles away, 4.2 hiking miles, 3981 feet elevation difference
Icicle Trail, Chelan , 9 miles away, 32.7 hiking miles, 7313 feet elevation difference
Miller Peak Trail, Kittitas , 11 miles away,  4 hiking miles, 2765 feet elevation difference
County Line Trail, Chelan , 12 miles away, 0.6 hiking miles, 455 feet elevation difference
Red Hill Trail, Chelan , 16 miles away, 7.1 hiking miles, 3239 feet elevation difference
Hunters Trail, Chelan , 17 miles away,  11.4 hiking miles, 2937 feet elevation difference
Teanaway Wilson Stock Trail, Kittitas , 19 miles away,  5.6 hiking miles, 1087 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near Wenatchee River:
Lake Wenatchee State Park, Washington , 10 miles away
Wenatchee National Forest, Washington , 21 miles away
Wenatchee Confluence State Park, Washington , 27 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Wenatchee River:
Leavenworth Golf Club, Leavenworth , 3 miles away
Kahler Glen Golf & Ski Resort, Leavenworth , 9 miles away
Mount Cashmere Golf Course, Cashmere , 14 miles away
 Lakes Near Wenatchee River
Toketie Lake, Chelan , 6 miles away
Lake Victoria, Chelan , 10 miles away
Fish Lake, Chelan , 10 miles away

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