Methow - 2. Carlton to McFarland Creek access

Methow, Washington, US


2. Carlton to McFarland Creek access

Usual Difficulty II (for normal flows)
Length 9.5 Miles
Avg. Gradient 20 fpm

Carlton River Access

Carlton River Access
Photo by Thomas O'Keefe В© taken 09/08/07 @ too low to run

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
usgs-12449950 1000 - 10000 cfs II 00h47m 385 cfs (too low)

River Description

A good class II section on the Methow.

Logistics: Put-in access can be found at the WDFW site (requires a parking permit) in Carlton on the upstream river left side of the Highway 153 bridge at mile 22.4. The WDFW site on the upstream river left side of the bridge at Highway 153 mile 14.1 serves as the take-out.

StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2013-05-22 06:55:32


Rapid Descriptions

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User Comments

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July 9 2014 (1655 days ago)
KarenH (156207)
The D.O.T. rapid is at the 3rd bridge, counting the bridge at the Carlton put-in as the first
bridge. This is right at the Gold Creek Road and it can be scouted from the road as you do the car
shuttle. Class II boaters may want to portage this rapid as it has gotten larger over the years,
and it can be tricky to rescue in fast flow after the rapid. The rapid is really just two huge
waves,with the second one coming in as a lateral from the left. Locals have dubbed this the D.O.T.
rapid because they reckon that concrete chunks of the old bridge, left in the water by the
Department of Transportation, are what has caused this rapid to grow.
July 9 2004 (5307 days ago)
Karen HensleyDetails
This section can be done at much lower level than 2,000 CFS for canoes and kayaks.

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  • Methow River
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