Peshastin Creek - Highway 97 culvert to Wenatchee River


Peshastin Creek, Washington, US

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Highway 97 culvert to Wenatchee River

Usual Difficulty III-IV (for normal flows)
Length 9 Miles
Avg. Gradient 150 fpm
Max Gradient 200 fpm

Dropping into Fresh Squeezed


Dropping into Fresh Squeezed
Photo of Web Peirce by Thomas O'Keefe © taken 06/10/12 @ 0 cfs

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
Peshastin Cr. @ Green Bridge Rd.
wadoe-45F070 500 - 1500 cfs III-IV 04h04m 24 cfs (too low)


River Description

FUN FACT: Extend your run on the Wenatchee

SEASON: Late spring (as soon as the snow melt kicks into gear) through early summer (as long as the snowmelt lasts).

LOGISTICS: To reach the put-in take Hwy. 97 7.5 miles up the hill from the junction with Hwy. 2 near the town of Peshastin. More challenging rapids can be found by going another 0.6 miles upstream. To reach the take-out turn off from Highway 2 just south of the Highway 2 bridge across Peshastin Creek and follow the road back to an unimproved parking area next to the dam. Boaters can also combine the big water of the Wenatchee with a creek boating entry by boating Peshastin Creek down to the Wenatchee. To continue on the Wenatchee see the description of the run from Peshastin to Cashmere. You can also kick start this trip with a run down Ingalls creek. There are a few more access spots along the highway for those wanting an easier run or to run laps on the upper section. (Most of the more difficult rapids are in the first few miles and the run eases off downstream, but is continuous in gradient the whole way)

SHUTTLE: Highway 97 parallels the river and gives you a good look at the character of this run during the shuttle.

DESCRIPTION:

The run starts out with nearly continuous class III rapids punctuated by a more challenging class IV rapid known as Fresh Squeezed. You can scout Fresh Squeezed from the road. It's about 0.8 north of the village of Ingall's Creek where a grassy knoll separates the creek from the highway. Those not wanting to tackle Fresh Squeezed can find a trail here to put-in just below. Below this point the river tapers off to continuous class II with a couple more fun class III rapids before settling down to more consistent class II once you pass under the Highway 97 bridge (an alternate access point). There is a runnable diversion dam a couple of miles downstream of this point.

There are often logs in the creek, and they tend to change quickly.

for additional information see

  • Bennett, J. and T. Bennett. 1997. A guide to the whitewater rivers of Washington, second edition. Swiftwater Publishing. Portland, OR.

 


StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2012-06-11 07:13:09

Editors


Rapid Summary

Mile Rapid Name Class Features (Legend)
1.7Fresh SqueezedIV
4.1Alternate AccessN/AAccess
6.5Diversion DamN/A

Rapid Descriptions

Alternate Access (Class N/A, Mile 4.1)

Those who are most interested in the class III can take-out at the intermediate access point available on the upstream river left side of the Highway 97 Bridge.



Diversion Dam (Class N/A, Mile 6.5)

Use caution as you approach. Can be portaged but is sometimes run.




User Comments

Users can submit comments.
May 16 2016 (519 days ago)
shanna (150424)
5/15/16, 700 cfs Ran from just below Fresh Squeezed (FS) to Wenatchee. River-wide log, mandatory
portage about 200 yards down from bridge (1st bridge after FS). Eddied out on river-left, ferried
across to one-boat eddy on river-right to portage. Portage can be done on the left side too, but a
bit harder carry. Professorpaddle has some posts on wood above Fresh Squeezed.
May 12 2014 (1254 days ago)
yakrik (12187)
5/11/2014 run from Fresh Squeezed down to the Wenatchee at 400 cfs. When scouting Fresh Squeezed we
noted smaller wood at the top just as things pick up. One of our crew thought one could ride over
it with a right to left angle at this level. Will change at different levels. Definitely worth
looking at if running above Fresh Squeezed. On the lower section wood in several places that can be
skirted carefully - one with a scootch over shallows next to shore on the right.
June 4 2007 (3788 days ago)
David ElliottDetails
I'm not sure I agree that what you can see from 97 gives a good indication of the character of the
run. Most of the really active whitewater is hidden from view. Note that around halfway into the
run there is a diversion dam (approximately 5' tall). You will see a gate on the right and a house
on the left. My group had no problem running this one down the middle.


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