This run is mostly class III through small canyons interspered with more open reaches. The Forest Service Road parallels the river and offers several vantage points for scouting. The potential for wood hazards exists. The river has a short season around the peak of snowmelt in May. The drainage has some great camping at both campgrounds and dispersed recreation sites. If you are doing a multi-sport weekend, you can find some great mountain biking in the watershed.
Take Highway 970 which heads east out of Cle Elum and at mile 6.9 turn north onto Teanaway Road. Follow Teanaway Road to mile 13.1 (just past 29 Pines Campground) and take a left on Forest Road 9737 towards Beverly Campground. At mile 1.1 on FR 9737 drop a shuttle car or bike at the take-out (you will find a good pull-out at this spot and river access just before the cattle guard).
To reach the put-in, continue up FR 9737 (at a Y you will take the left fork) past Beverly Campground (at mile 3.9) and at mile 4.2 you will reach a pull-out and dispersed recreation site that serves as the put-in.
Written summary of run on 5/15/10 @~1000 cfs on the BLM gauge for the main stretch of the Teanaway (~200-250 cfs on the North Fork) posted here:
Visual. Look for flows of 100-300
cfs based on Bennett. Although there
is no gauge for this stream the U.S.
Bureau of Reclamation's Yakima
Project does maintain a gauge downstream at the
confluence where the mainstem
Teanaway starts. The Teanaway at
Forks provides discharge at this
point. Look for flows of around 1000
cfs on this gauge during April, May, and
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.
North Fork Teanaway Rapid
North Fork Teanaway Put-In
North Fork Teanaway
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Earlier this week the Washington State Department of Natural Resources, the Department of Fish and Wildlife, and Forterra announced the purchase of 50,272 acres along the Teanaway River and its three forks to be designated as the Teanaway Community Forest. Of importance to the whitewater paddling community, this acquisition will protect riverside lands, maintain water in the river, and keep the river open and accessible to the public.
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