Difficulty II-III
Length 4 Miles
Gauge Nason Cr. nr mouth
Flow Range 700 - 1500 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 12 hours ago 423 [CFS]
Reach Info Last Updated 06/01/2019 12:25 am

River Description

SEASON: Spring snow melt

LOGISTICS: The put-in is accessed from Highway 2 mile 81.3 where you turn north onto Nason Ridge Road (just west of the Highway 2 Bridge across Nason Creek). Follow Nason Ridge Road 0.1 mile, turn right, and then continue 0.2 to the dead end at the old bridge crossing. Access is available within the bridge right-of-way. Upstream of this put-in the channel is more braided (until you reach the canyon of the upper run).

To reach the take-out go to Cole's Corner at Highway 2 mile 84.7, take Highway 207 to the north, and use the pullout 0.4 miles down this road. You can scout the run on the shuttle from a couple of places along Highway 2.


The run starts off with easy class II rapids and short stretches of flatwater as you pass by a few cabins. Once you see Highway 2 come into view the pace picks up and you will enjoy some great class II and III whitewater. The biggest rapids are visible from the highway as you drive the shuttle so you can get a good idea of what to expect and the relative flow. While the rapids are fairly straightforward you need to be alert for wood on this run. As you reach Cole's Corner, the pace slows and the river takes a big bend to the left to parallel Highway 207 where you will find an easy access.


Rapid Descriptions


Gage Descriptions

Look for flows of 700-1500 cfs on the DOE Nason Creek gauge when the Wenatchee is between 8,000 and 13,000 cfs (based on Bennett). USGS gauge Wenatchee at Peshastin (also available through the NOAA hotline 206-526-8530). At the higher limit of flows this run becomes fast and continuous.

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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Wenatchee River Festival 2008

Thomas O'Keefe

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.


Thomas O'Keefe


Matt Muir


Revision #Revision DateAuthorComment
1212595 06/01/19 Thomas O'Keefe updated image position
1203475 06/16/14 Thomas O'Keefe description edits
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