ODarrow's Submission - Entered on 11/24/2015 12:54:00 PM
Gauge Information (Last updated with USGS at 1/31/2017 9:18:16 AM)
DOE - Icicle Cr. Nr Leavenworth
3rd Party Gauge
Minimum Recomended Level: 700 cfs Maximum Recomended Level: 2000 cfs
Easy Put-in and take-out.
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.
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.
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
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
9800 2100 6.3
Icicle DOE Gauge https://fortress.wa.gov/ecy/wrx/wrx/flows/station.asp?sta=45F070#block0
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.