Wenatchee, Washington, US
|Usual Difficulty||II (for normal flows)|
|WENATCHEE RIVER AT PLAIN, WA|
|usgs-12457000||400 - 15000 cfs||II||00h33m||5200 cfs (running)|
|Flow range for best boatability uncertain. Please help your fellow boaters with a comment or report.|
Starting at Lake Wenatchee, most of the river is class I but you will encounter a few class II rapids in the rock gardens upstream of the bridge in Plain, an intermediate access point. A little ways downstream of Plain and after you pass the railroad bridge, you leave the vacation cabins behind and the river flows through a more remote setting as you encounter some sandstone ledges and high cliffs. The Highway 2 bridge marks the start of Tumwater Canyon and the end of this run. The river is high in the spring but can be enjoyed throughout the summer and into fall when the vine maples make for a beautiful fall colors trip.
Access is available at Braeburn Road near the Lake Wenatchee outlet where the river starts. A road parallel to the Lake Wenatchee Highway goes between Braeburn Road and the river, just downstream of the first bridge across the Wenatchee River. Be sure not to block access of the Braeburn Rd. residents.
Intermediate access is Plain is available at the Highway 209 bridge right-of-way. There is room for about four vehicles on the upstream river right side of the bridge and an informal trail to carry boats down to the river.
The take-out access is at the Highway 2 bridge across the Wenatchee River.
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Wenatchee River Festival 2008
June 12, 2008