FUN FACT: A hike-in wilderness run.
SEASON: Snowmelt. Usually June.
LOGISTICS: From I-90 take exit 80 and head for Rosyln/Salmon La
Sac (those arriving from the east can take exit 84). From I-90 it is 20 miles
to the Salmon La Sac campground (most of the way on hwy. 903). Cross
the Cle Elum bridge that leads into the campground and park upstream
river right of the bridge. The take-out is here on the Cle Elum. To reach the
put-in hike up Waptus Lake Trail from the trailhead at Salmon La Sac until
you reach the river.
DESCRIPTION: See Mark Johnson's description in Bennett. The
Waptus joins the Cle Elum upstream of China Point for approximately a
mile of whitewater through the end of the Cle Elum China
Ran this on June 12, 2016 with around 1900 cfs inflow to the Cle Elum. It was 100% clean with no portages and that included the section of the Cle Elum after your turn the corner.
The Teanaway River at
Forks is maintained by the U.S.
Bureau of Reclamation's Yakima
Project. Inflow to Cle Elum reservoir is
not currently gauged, but the Teanaway
is the next drainage to the east and
can give you an indication of flows in
the area. The Waptus should
be good between 250 and 700 cfs on
the Teanaway gauge (this is based on
only a couple data points--post a
comment if you have additional
information). The closest USGS gauge
is the Wenatchee at
Peshastin. Look for flows of
6000-9000 cfs on this gauge.
Permits are not required for this reach.
We have no additional detail on this route.
Use the map below to calculate how
to arrive to the main town from your zipcode.
Another Waptus Ledge
Clear, beautiful water
Class 3 fun!
Put-in at Hour Creek
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