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Difficulty II
Length 6 Miles
Flow Range 800 - 1500 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 1 hour ago 406 [CFS]
Reach Info Last Updated 07/14/2019 12:45 pm

River Description

People are often tempted to do this run because it is listed as class II and it has good flows in the summer. Do not make this mistake! The Upper Cascade is full of wood and the portages are horrendous. If you want to run this, ask around for a recent wood report first.

Rapid Descriptions


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10 years ago

There are two significant logjams on this run that require portaging. The forst and larger of them happens where the river appears to have changed course fairly recently (Google Earth shows a lefthand bend where there's now a an oxbow with the main channel heading right). The old channel looks like an easy portage route but after 200 yards is blocked by more huge logjams. There's lots of other incidental wood. I'm going to avoid this run.

Gage Descriptions

Visual. Look for flows of 800-1500 cfs (based on Bennett guidebook)

Directions Description

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Date Flow Result Factor  
1994-07-17 Medium Fatality Cold Water Read More




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New Gauge for the Cascade (WA)

Thomas O'Keefe

On June 8th a new gauge was added to the USGS real-time network on the Cascade River in Washington State. The new gauge was installed to provide additional information for flood forecasting but will provide a significant benefit to the regional paddling community.

Matt Muir


David Elliott



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1193278 06/30/06 n/a n/a
1213311 07/14/19 David Elliott updated description