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Gauge Information (Last updated with USGS at 3/26/2017 12:01:53 AM)
WENATCHEE RIVER AT PESHASTIN,
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3rd Party Gauge
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Minimum Recomended Level: 2500 cfs Maximum Recomended Level: 20000 cfs
There are several different Put In Locations so donít be suprised if yours is not listed. The different Put Ins of course add extra distance and a few extra features to surf. Keep in mind there is a lot of private property along the river. Some are keen on Kayaker, others are not. When in doubt stick to public access spots.
These are the Putinís and The Locations in Order by Distance.
1. Bridge Out of Leavenworth
Although not many choose this option there are a few that opt for the Long Long Run.
2. Happy Wave
Just Past Peshastin off of HWY2 before Leavenworth there is a dirt pull out where a lot of people like to go to hit up Happy Wave. Some Choose to float down from this point. This put in is private property, so get permission to launch here.
3. Peshastin Fishing Access
If you hang a right from HWY 2 over the Peshastin Bridge you will find a fishing access location down your first right hand road. This Putin Places you above Rock and Roll and the Dam
4. Below the Dam
5. Above Rodeo Hole
On HWY 2 before you have reached the HWY2 x 97 interchage you will see a town called Dryden. There is a road that you can find in Dryden on the west side of the HWY that allows you to access the river. Just off the HWY is a Gravel Pull Off which is known as the Upper Rodeo Put In.
6. Lower Rodeo Hole
If you were to drive on the same access road out of dryden, about 3 miles down the road is a gravel road that jets down to the river, access directly to Rodeo Hole can be found here. Parking Passes are required.
The main take out that is used for this river is the Cashmere River Side Park. This is located just over the bridge into town, on the left hand side of the street.
The majority of Washington White Water Competitionís are held on the Wenatchee. There are great features for everyone in the family and the weather is usually 70ís - 90ís.
Run Description [Season: Spring]
The wenatchee river is pretty much the most popular rafting run in the state. Boaters travel from every corner to play and run this hot river. The Wenatchee river is fed by rain but mostly by snowmelt out of the stevens pass areas. The Wenatchee river flows out of Stevens pass along HWY 2 and out past wenatchee. This river is known for itís spectacular whitewater and burly drops along US2 outside leavenworth. This stretch of less run whitewater is known as Tumwater Canyon. After the river passes through Leavenworth it calms down to a Class III run.
This section contains Features that are quickly attracting the hotest playboaters and large droves or commercial rafters. Depending on what put in you choose, you should expect to see the rapids listed here. Besides these rapids you will find long stretches of calm Class II, and occasional waterfall from irrigation troughs, and even the elusive State Trooper waiting on HWY2 for you to speed.
I am throwing out an Extra Warning to all PPers. The section of Hwy 2/97 from Dryden to Cashmere is an EXTREME SPEED TRAP. The State Patrol flys planes over this stretch regularly and you can expect to see a line of State Patrol cars just North of Cashmere waiting for you. The pilot uses an areial speed measuring device which gauges speed based on vehicles travel times as they pass arial marking on the HWY. Watch OUT They are looking for EASY MONEY!!!