Nason, Washington, US
|Usual Difficulty||II-III (for normal flows)|
|Avg. Gradient||60 fpm|
|Nason Cr. nr mouth|
|wadoe-45J070||700 - 1500 cfs||II-III||02h34m||171 cfs (too low)|
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.