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 - 3500 cfs III 00h47m 240 cfs (too low)


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.




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Associated Projects

  • Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest (WA)
    The Okanogan and Wenatchee National Forests are home to some great whitewater runs and AW has in interest in protecting the resource values of these rivers.

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