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Difficulty IV-V
Length 5 Miles
Flow Range 550 - 1100 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 3 weeks ago 169 [CFS]
Reach Info Last Updated 05/31/2016 4:26 am

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.

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Gage Descriptions

Flow range approximate and unconfirmed. Can probably be run higher.

Directions Description

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Take Action to Protect Methow Headwaters

Thomas O'Keefe

The Methow Valley, located in the foothills of the North Cascades, is one of the Northwest's most popular recreation destinations. It is surrounded by public lands that provide year-around opportunities for outdoor recreation including whitewater paddling on rivers like the Methow, Lost, and Chewuch. A current threat to the valley and the recreational opportunities available is a proposed large-scale copper mine in the heart of the valley. The Forest Service has requested input on a proposed action to declare the Methow Headwaters off-limits to any new mining activities while Congressional leaders work on a permanent solution to protect this landscape.
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TAKE ACTION: Protect Methow Headwaters

Thomas O'Keefe

The Bureau of Land Management is currently accepting public comment on a proposal to protect the Methow Headwaters from an industrial-scale copper mine above the town of Mazama. The proposed mine would negatively impact the incredible opportunities for outdoor recreation in the Methow Valley. A strong show of public support will be required to secure protection for this river valley.


Matt Muir


Thomas O'Keefe


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