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.
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There is a Department of Ecology
gauge on Nason Creek
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
Permits are not required for this reach.
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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.
The Forest Service is developing a new Forest Plan for the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest and has released a Proposed Action. The Forest Service is accepting public comment on this plan that will guide management for the next decade or more.
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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