Twisp, Washington, US
|Usual Difficulty||III (for normal flows)|
|Avg. Gradient||54 fpm|
|TWISP RIVER NEAR TWISP, WA|
|usgs-12448998||600 - 1600 cfs||III||01h14m||1770 cfs (too high)|
Spring snow melt out of the Lake Chelan - Sawtooth Wilderness makes the Twisp a great class III whitewater run with nearly continuous action. Typical trips start by gathering at the bakery in Twisp. The river corridor is largely in private ownership but it is mostly forested with a few cabins along the riverbanks.
From the upper put-in at Buttermilk Creek the river begins with fun class II. Be aware of wood hazards which can occur anywhere along the run but particularly in the first couple miles.
As you pass Little Bridge Creek (an alternate put-in location) the action begins to pick up as the run transitions to class III. For the next 4.5 miles you will enjoy continuous intermediate whitewater. Midway along this section you will reach the fish collection dam (a sign warns of the approach). It's an easy portage on river left but can be run in the right location at certain flows.
Downstream of the dam is a great rapid and some more fun bedrock headwalls. As you pass under the Poorman Cutoff Road Bridge (a possible take-out for those looking for a short run) the action tapers off and transitions to class II.
You can continue on the river all the way into town and take out at the park where the Twisp joins the Methow River. It's a nice grassy park to dry out your gear and hang out or just walk up the street to local establishments in town while the shuttle drivers pick up the put-in cars.
Logistics: You can take-out at Twisp Park at the Methow River confluence. Head east off Highway 20 at mile 201.4 and turn onto Twisp Avenue in the middle of town. Continue two blocks then turn left on Lincoln Street and follow it a block to the Twisp Park and public swimming pool where the Twisp River joins the Methow (from here it is walking distance to the bakery or other businesses in town).
To reach the put-in and alternate access points upstream, head west off Highway 20 mile 201.4 on 2nd Avenue which becomes Twisp River Road. At 1.2 miles up this road, Poorman Creek Road turns off to the left and Twisp River Road crosses the river. This bridge makes a good take-out. Access is available on the downstream river right side of the bridge and you can park off Poorman Creek Road.
The next alternate access is reached by heading 3.8 miles up Twsip River Road to Poorman Creek cutoff which turns off to the left and heads 0.2 miles down to a bridge across the river. Access and parking for a few cars is available on the river left side of the bridge. The class III ends at this bridge.
You will pass the fish collection dam at mile 5.9 on Twisp River Road.
An alternate put-in access is at Twisp River Road mile 8.1 where LIttle Bridge Creek joins the Twisp. The class III action begins here.
A Forest Service recreation site that provides camping is at Twisp River Road mile 9.8. You can camp at the site and also use it as a put-in.
The upper put-in is at Buttermilk Creek. It is located at Twisp River Road mile 10.8. Turn on to West Buttermilk Road and follow it 0.2 mile to the bridge across the river and a parking area and put-in on the upstream river right side of the bridge.