Chiwawa - 2 - Huckleberry Campground (near Brush Creek) to Wenatchee R.


Chiwawa, Washington, US

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2 - Huckleberry Campground (near Brush Creek) to Wenatchee R.

Usual Difficulty III (for normal flows)
Length 11 Miles

Surfer's Corner


Surfer's Corner
Photo of Chris Wittenfeld by Thomas O'Keefe В© taken 06/15/08

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
CHIWAWA RIVER NEAR PLAIN, WA
usgs-12456500 1100 - 2000 cfs III 01h11m 1350 cfs (running)


River Description

The Chiwawa is a great intermediate run through the Wenatchee National Forest with continuous class II and III rapids over most of its length. At intermediate flows there are plenty of great surf spots. Wood is in play on this run and you can expect to have logs that extend into the channel. The river is generally wide enough that you can find your way around but in some years there have been trees across the channel that required a portage so be alert. The other issue to be aware of is the dense riverside vegetation. At spring flows the alder trees extend into the river and the banks are generally very brushy.
 

For those who want a shorter run of the best whitewater you can run just the first 6 miles and take out at the Forest Road bridge. If you have more time it's worth continuing downstream another 4.6 miles. The first couple miles of the lower section continue at the same pace as above with some great surf spots. The action then begins to taper off and you encounter a number of cabins as you approach the Chiwawa Loop Road Bridge. NOTE: The lower takeout is now blocked and there are "Private Property" signs in the parking area. The path down to the river is long and overgrown and there is a lot of wood in the river at this spot. Make sure you thoroughly scout this takeout if you use it.

 


StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2010-06-09 04:49:34

Rapid Summary

Mile Rapid Name Class Features (Legend)
-10.8Surfer's CornerIIIPlayspot Photo
-6.7Alternate AccessAccess Photo
-2.1Alternate AccessAccess Photo

Rapid Descriptions

Surfer's Corner (Class III, Mile -10.8)

Surfer's Corner

Surfer's Corner
Photo of Chris Wittenfeld by Thomas O'Keefe В© taken 06/15/08

A nice surf ledge where the river hits a big wall and heads off to the left.



Alternate Access

Bridge Access

Bridge Access
Photo by Thomas O'Keefe В© taken 06/15/08

This alternate access can be used as a take-out if you only want to run the upper half.



Alternate Access

Chiwawa Loop Road Access

Chiwawa Loop Road Access
Photo by Thomas O'Keefe В© taken 06/15/08

This access avoids the fish trap and the float out to the Wenatchee. Access is available on river right under the Chiwawa Loop Road bridge.




User Comments

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May 13 2016 (407 days ago)
shanna (150424)
Copied from WKC Forums Post 5/12/17 @ 1700 cfs About 15 minutes river time from Grouse Creek launch
and before rapid known as "Thread-the-Needle" is a mid-river island that has both right and left
channels blocked by trees. It is a mandatory portage on river left.
May 13 2016 (407 days ago)
shanna (150424)
From post on WKC forums. 5/12/16 1700cfs About 15 min river time from the Grouse Creek launch and
before the rapid known as "Thread-the-Needle" is a mid-river island that has both right and left
channels blocked by trees. It is a mandatory portage on river left.
June 3 2013 (1482 days ago)
Kathy SpencerDetails
Does anyone know if the road to the putin at Huckleberry Crossing has a locked gate on it in 2013?
June 6 2011 (2210 days ago)
David ElliottDetails
As of June 2011, there are no logs that block the channel. There are places where there are logs
that force you one way or another, but it isn't hard to get around them.
June 6 2010 (2575 days ago)
David ElliottDetails
As of June 2010, the log mentioned below Meadow Creek Campground is still there. We had no problems
seeing it and going to the right at 1700 cfs. The run was otherwise clear. One additional note: The
old (raft) takeout on the Wenatchee is no longer usable. The road down to the river is closed and
there is wood at the takeout point.
June 4 2009 (2942 days ago)
Jeff WeissDetails
The tree downstream from Surfers Corner has swung to the right bank and is clear. There is a new
log across the river a few miles downstream on a right hand corner that is hard to see from
upstream and is worse than the last. There is a small raft size door between a boulder and the
bushes on the river right bank to get through at 2200cfs.
May 20 2009 (2957 days ago)
Jeff WeissDetails
There is a tree down across the river less than 100 yards downstream from surfers corner. We were
able to line/drag rafts down the left bank to get around.


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Associated Projects

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