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Difficulty IV-V
Length 8 Miles
Gauge Nason Cr. nr mouth
Flow Range 700 - 1500 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 12 hours ago 423 [CFS] ℹ️
Reach Info Last Updated 06/12/2020 7:19 pm

River Description

LOGISTICS: The put-in is at the pullout at Highway 2 mile 71 just east of Steven's Pass. If you continue down the road you'll be able to see the creek and The Slides along the north side of Highway 2. You can take out at mile 78.7 where the run comes along Highway 2 (the take-out listed in Bennett), but if you want to avoid the last two mile of braided channels and class 2 then use the alternate access at Whitepine (look for the Forest Service road at Highway 2 mile 78.3 which is marked for Whitepine.)


The river starts out with The Slides which is a set of class IV ledges. You can scout these drops before the run from Highway 2. If they make you nervous then you're best off heading someplace else, but if they look like fun you should be good to go. After the Slides, the creek passes through the railroad tunnel and then under Highway 2. It mellows for quite a bit before you hit a couple ledges. When you see the railroad grade on the right, get out for a scout. This is the start of the canyon which you can check out from the rim. You can walk the entire rim down to the railroad bridge (be sure to check the last ledge below the railroad bridge which has a bad spot on the left). Keep in mind the ledges are stickier than they look from above. Trivial Pursuit and Royal Flush are a class V combination. After you pass under the railroad bridge there are more fun ledges until you reach the confluence with Whitpine Creek where things start to mellow, eventually slowing down to class II.

for additional information see

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

Rapid Descriptions


Gage Descriptions

There is a Department of Ecology gauge on Nason Creek . The USGS gauge Wenatchee at Peshastin is also used to gauge flows (also available through the NOAA hotline 206-526-8530). Although it can be run higher, look for flows of approximately 6000-8000 cfs on the Wenatchee gauge for a first trip. The actual flow will be approximately 5-10% of the flow on the Wenatchee.

Directions Description

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Yakama Nation Fisheries Boater Survey (WA)

Thomas O'Keefe

American Whitewater is reaching out to our membership to encourage participation in a study of boating conditions and recreation safety conducted by consultants working with the Yakama Nation Fisheries program. The study reaches include Nason Creek, Twisp River, and Chewuch River. The overall purpose of the study is to identify known and anticipated river users and evaluate riverine hazards as habitat restoration projects are planned and implemented.

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TAKE ACTION: Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest Plan Open for Comment

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Wenatchee River Festival 2008

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There's still snow in the mountains and flows have been great all spring as boaters from across Washington state gear up to host the Wenatchee River Festival on one of the region's premiere whitewater rivers. Boaters from across the Pacific Northwest will all converge on the town of Cashmere this weekend for a great weekend of fun and activities on the water.


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Revision #Revision DateAuthorComment
1215272 06/12/20 Adam Attarian updated description
1193220 09/07/04 n/a gage added