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Entiat    4. Lake Creek Campground to National Forest™ ©
Class IV+
Avg Gradient 137 fpm

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Put In Longitude : -120.51359 Putin
Put In Latitude : 47.9261627
Take Out Longitude : -120.47358 Take Out
Take Out Latitude : 47.9041405
County : Chelan Shuttle
   Gauge Information (Professor Paddle updated levels from ENTIAT RIVER NEAR ARDENVOIR, at 7/15/2020 3:18:41 PM)
Gauge Forecast Height Current Flow Authority Physical Update
ENTIAT RIVER NEAR ARDENVOIR, NWRFC | FC Page 2.27  295 cfs  USGS - NWIS 07-15-2020 15:00:00
Minimum Recomended Level:  800 cfs     Maximum Recomended Level:  2000 cfs 


From highway 2 just before you enter Wenatchee take the Chelan, highway 97 exit. There are signs indicating the direction to Entiat. You want to be on alternate route 97. This highway parallels the Columbia river on the west side of the river so donít cross the Columbia river!! It will save about an hour driving time if you are on the right side of the Columbia for the only two bridges that cross are in Wenatchee and Chelan which is another 30 miles past Entiat. Drive 20 miles from Wenatchee on Alternate 97 to Entiat river road. Take a left up the Entiat river road and drive 27 miles to the take out.

  Putin Details

The put in is just above the Lake Creek campground. There is a turnout and bathroom conveniently located just above the trail to the put in.

  Takeout Details

The last major rapid is just off the road, so if you see that rapid the take out is just below. Drive approximately 1 ĺ s of a mile to the put in just above lake creek campground.

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 Run is clear of wood as of this post. We put in at Tommy Creek TH. Gauge reading approx 1300 and very few eddies. - Posted by: WA-Boater on 7/13/2012 8:13:00 AM -  [Remove Alert]

 Tommy TH to OWF boundary. Rapids clear as of 06/01/2013, ~1100 cfs seemed well padded and FAST but not too pushy, few eddies, one log in tweaner stuff, easily passable on both sides. Last year at ~800 there were numerous eddies and the run was different character, not so fast and plenty o'' eddies. - Posted by: brianmaier on 6/7/2013 4:13:00 PM -  [Remove Alert]

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  Other Issues

At 1400 cfs the run is very continuous, the eddies referred to in the description below disappear. The run tapers out after Fox-Creek Campground into III(IV). In case sombody wants to run just the "II/III-" section below Fox Creek: The last rapid before the takeout below Fox-Creek Campground is at least a class IV.

According to the Bennet-book the run changes the character more closely to the description below if flows are below 1300cfs, but from what we have seen at 1400cfs it would seem that rather a flow of 1000cfs or less is required for eddies to appear.

   Run Description [Season: Spring]

Walk approximately fifty yards down the trail to a bridge that crosses the river. You will find two nice eddies on either side of the river; this is a nice place to warm up. From the get go the river is busy. There are lots of two too four-foot boofís that are scattered throughout this top section of the river. You will gradually work your way into the canyon. I found plenty of eddies to get out and scout, but this may change at higher water.

The river is relatively continuous until Fox Creek Campground. At Fox Creek you are out of the canyon and the river mellows out too class III- II+. Keep on your toes about a quarter mile there are a few sneaky little holes that are in the middle of the river, but can be easily avoided if your eyes arenít glued to the beautiful landscape that encompasses this river. The last rapid is very fun. You can scout and easily spot this rapid just above the take out from the road. There is an awesome boof just left of center in the middle of the rapid.


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