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Difficulty II-III+(IV)
Length 4 Miles
Gauge N/A
Flow Range
Reach Info Last Updated 09/28/2001 2:06 am

River Description

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 Gorge.

Lat/Long approximate.

Rapid Descriptions


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Nick Borelli
3 years ago

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.

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Gage Descriptions

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.

Directions Description

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TAKE ACTION: Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest Plan Open for Comment

Thomas O'Keefe

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. 


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