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Icicle Creek    1 - Rock Island Campground to Ida Creek (Upper Upper)™ ©
Class II-III+(V)
3.5Miles

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Put In Longitude : -120.91752 Putin
Put In Latitude : 47.6074867
Take Out Longitude : -120.84299 Take Out
Take Out Latitude : 47.6067924
County : Chelan Shuttle
   Gauge Information (Professor Paddle updated levels from DOE - Icicle Cr. Nr Leavenworth at 1/31/2017 9:18:16 AM)
Gauge Forecast Height Current Flow Authority Physical Update
DOE - Icicle Cr. Nr Leavenworth n/a  138 cfs  Washington State DOE /2017 04:45
Minimum Recomended Level:  700 cfs     Maximum Recomended Level:  2000 cfs 

  Access

Easy Put-in and take-out.


  Putin Details

From take out
   1. Drive back out to NF-7600 take a LEFT
   2. Drive 3.7 mi on NF-7600.
   3. Take LEFT to stay on NF-7600
   4. Put in is at bridge 100 feet from turn
   5. Put in either upstream or down stream of bridge depending on what you think of the first rapid.


  Takeout Details

From Leavenworth
   1. Drive up ICICLE Rd.
   2. once through the gate at SNOW CREEK TRAILHEAD drive 4.7 miles on NF-7600
   3. Take a LEFT towards IDA CREEK CAPMGROUND. Sign is small and easy to miss
   4. Take out is anywhere in the park. Scout takeout.



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  Other Issues

A new gauge is being implemeted for Icicle. Here are some comparative values compiled by WA Boater...

Here are some numbers from last season over there:
Wenatchee @ Peshastin     Icicle USGS     Icicle Realtime     
4100          800          4.1-4.2          
5300          1050-1100     4.7-4.8          
5600          1050-1100     4.8-4.9          
6000          1200          5.1-5.0          
5600          1200-1100     5          
7200          1400          5.55          
6400          1400          5.3          
6100          1400                    
7800          1500          5.7          last years PP race
6900          1500          5.6          
7100          1550          5.7          
8000          1600          5.9          
7200          1600          5.8          
8100          1700          6          
8000          1700          6          
8400          1800                    
9800          2100          6.3     

Icicle DOE Gauge https://fortress.wa.gov/ecy/wrx/wrx/flows/station.asp?sta=45F070#block0     


  Fun Facts

Icicle creek gorge is bigger and badder than the whole rest of the run, scout beforehand if you can.


   Run Description [Season: spring/summer]

My wife and I R-2 from Rock Island to RV (put-in for the Upper section) on 5-29-2012. We portaged 4 times. Two wood portages in the first couple miles, the Gorge Rapid and the Landslide that required the new road to be built. There is a log in the rapid under the bridge at Rock Island campground and I would recommend portaging the landslide on river right. It is preceded by an obvious lake. The stretch below Ida Creek to RV had lots of fun class III. We had a nice medium level and took 2 hours.
DOE gauge: 1700 (https://fortress.wa.gov/ecy/wrx/wrx/flows/station.asp?sta=45B070#block2).
WRFCS: 6' (http://www.nwrfc.noaa.gov/river/station/flowplot/flowplot.cgi?id=ICEW1)

-Jed Hawkes' entry 5.31.12

Icicle creek gorge can sneak up on you, the entrance rapid at the high flows we ran it quickly moves into the main rapid. The entrance takes an abrupt Left hand turn at a big grey headwall. I would recommend stopping and scouting before dropping into this part of the rapid, directly below is a significant rapid that leads into heavy water that feeds into the meat of the drop with a big horizon line. Scout Left. If your going to portage an easy line is down the left, but if your rafting running some of the heavy leading water and catching an eddy on River Right helps cut out some of the work.


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