Chewuch - 1. Andrews Camp to Camp Four (The Upper)

Chewuch, Washington, US


1. Andrews Camp to Camp Four (The Upper)

Usual Difficulty IV-V (for normal flows)
Length 5 Miles
Avg. Gradient 122 fpm

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
usgs-12448000 550 - 1100 cfs IV-V 27d12h48m 219 cfs (too low)

River Description

The Upper Chewuch, the most challenging of the runs on this river, flows through a nice canyon with some good whitewater. Stay alert for wood hazards.

Logistics: On the west side of Winthrop at Highway 20 mile 192.6, turn north on West Chewuch Road (next to the town ball field and across from the Red Barn). Continue on this road for about 17 miles to Camp 4 Campground for the take-out (just downstream of the bridge). Head another 5 miles up the road to the Andrews Creek Trailhead for the put-in. Note that if you park in the Camp 4 campground you need to pay the day use fee--alternatively, you may load/unload and park outside the campground. The Andrews Creek Trailhead requires a Northwest Forest Pass.

StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2016-05-31 04:26:19

Rapid Descriptions

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User Comments

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June 3 2017 (599 days ago)
Ben HawthorneDetails
I paddled the Chewuch on 5/26/17 at 5000 cfs on the gauge starting at Andrew's Creek. The upper
part of the run is in bad shape and not recommended. There are many log portages until shortly
above Lake Creek. Best putin currently is on Lake Creek (scout this section to make sure it is
clear of wood) which makes for a fun run down to Camp 4. The mile or so of the Chewuch upstream of
Lake Creek has some good rapids so scrambling down from the road is an option, but there currently
is a log in play on RR. This hazard can easily scouted from just up the road from the Lake Creek

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  • Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest (WA)
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