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.
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.
This section can be done at much lower level than 2,000 CFS for canoes and kayaks.
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Carlton River Access
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