The season for this run is generally April and May. It sometimes runs into June but generally tapers off by the end of the month. Because it's class II, this river is often overlooked with so many options in the spring but its a great run for instruction with some fun playspots to keep everyone happy. For most of the run the river left bank is agricultural land and river right is the state-managed Teanaway Community Forest. Over the course of the run there are a number of sandstone ledges that form great surfing waves that are the perfect size to learn on. Stay alert for wood hazards which shift from year to year.
Logistics: Take Highway 970 which heads east out of Cle Elum and at mile 6.9 turn north onto Teanaway Road. Follow Teanaway Road to mile 0.5 and turn left onto Red Bridge Road. Follow this road 0.5 down to the bridge across the Teanaway River and the take-out. The state manages a formal public access on the downstream river right side of the bridge.
To reach the put-in, head back out to Teanaway Road and continue upstream to mile 7.1 where the road cross the river. The put-in is on the upstream river right side of the bridge.
As of spring 2007 the run was clean of wood aside from a few hazards along the side that were possible to avoid.
It's also possible to put in on the Middle Fork or West Fork. The Middle Fork tends to get a lot of deadfall. The West Fork is entertaining, as most of the channel is through smoothly-eroded rock - it's like a big waterslide. The main problem with the West Fork is access, as it goes through private land. If you put in above the campground, be aware that there will probably be a tree across the river right after you put in.
In early summer 2002, there were a couple of big trees down on the main Teanaway, but there was plenty of time to get to the side, even at moderately high flows. None of the logjams we encountered in the farm areas were a problem. The obvious braids were all runnable.
2 years ago
by Shanna Gachen
5 years ago
by David Elliott
Comments to WDFW
Look for flows of 800-1800 cfs.
Based on Bennett.
Gauges are maintained by the U.S.
Bureau of Reclamation's Yakima
Project. The Teanaway at
Forks provides discharge for this run.
Permits are not required for this reach.
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Surfing on the Teanaway
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Earlier this week the Washington State Department of Natural Resources, the Department of Fish and Wildlife, and Forterra announced the purchase of 50,272 acres along the Teanaway River and its three forks to be designated as the Teanaway Community Forest. Of importance to the whitewater paddling community, this acquisition will protect riverside lands, maintain water in the river, and keep the river open and accessible to the public.
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