JoesKayak's Submission - Entered on 4/27/2012 9:23:00 AM
Notes: Added more detailed directions and descriptions of river features.
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 donï¿½t 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 Kayakers, others are not. When in doubt stick to public access spots.
These are the Put ins and The Locations in Order by Distance.
For the full run, the put-in is in Leavenworth. To access the main put-in turn onto E Leavenworth Road just east of the HWY 2 bridge over the river on the east side of Leavenworth. Continue .7 mile and turn right. The turn is on the outside of a bend and people fail to see it often so keep your eyes peeled. Big parking area here with outhouses and boat ramp. Can be very busy on spring weekends.
E Leavenworth Road can also be accessed via Icicle Creek road if you're coming from the west and don't want to drive through town.
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 directly from the land owner 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 Put In Places you above Rock and Roll and the Dryden Dam, which is directly below the Peshastin Creek confluence. Discover Pass or WDFW vehicle pass required and they will ticket you if you don't have one.
4. Below the Dryden Dam
5. Above Rodeo Hole
On HWY 2 before you have reached the HWY2 x 97 interchange 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. Take out on R. Right. This is located just downstream of the bridge into town, on the left hand side of the street.
The majority of Washington White Water Rodeo Competitions are held on the Wenatchee. There are great features for paddlers of all skill levels and the weather is usually 70ï¿½s - 90ï¿½s.
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 its spectacular whitewater and burly drops along US2 outside Leavenworth. This stretch of less often 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 attract the hottest playboaters around. Large droves of commercial rafters can be seen up an down this stretch. 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.
MAJOR RIVER FEATURES LISTED FROM UPSTREAM DOWN:
Boulder Bend Rapids (III @ low, III+ or IV- @ high)
Peshastin Flats (long section of flat water)
Rock N Roll (III @ low, III+ @ high)
DRYDEN DAM - extreme drowning hazard - portage right
Gorilla Falls (III)
Rodeo Hole (III) - Destination play spot. Comes in around 9K and gets bigger as flow increases
Drunkards Drop (III - III+) Huge waves including play spots that change depending on level, including Trinity Wave
Turkey Shoot (II) - Fun playspot. Much friendlier than Rodeo.
Snowblind (III+ @ med, IV- @ high)
Grannys (III - III+) This rapid features huge waves and hosts both the Granny's wave and Suffocator.
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!!!