Wenatchee River – Class II & III
The raftable section of the Wenatchee River runs from Leavenworth, WA to Cashmere, WA before joining the Columbia River.
Mile 0 – Leavenworth Public Boat Launch: River Right. The Leavenworth Public Boat Launch is a public access point with a small but easy boat launch. Good amount of parking. No Amenities
Mile 0.62 – Wenatchee River Bridge #1: Quickly after put-in you will pass underneath the bridge. Highway 2 is just over your head here.
Mile 0.95 – Boulder Bend Rapid: Class II. Hang on the inside of this right bend in the river for a fun read-and-run rapid. At higher flows, large holes start appearing on the left-hand side.
Mile 3.29 – Happy Wave: River Right. Close to the right bank is a fun wave that can be surfed mostly by kayaks.
Mile 4.63 – Wenatchee River Bridge #2: At the town of Peshastin, you will encounter a small bridge.
Mile 5.35 – Peshastin Put-In: River Left. At lower flows (below 8,000 cfs), many people will choose to put-in to avoid roughly 4 miles of flatwater.
Mile 6.17 – Rock and Roll RApid: Class III. The Wenatchee splits into 2 channels around a large island. Most boaters will choose to go right of this island. Watch out for a large hole right-of-center known as Satan’s Eyeball.
Mile 6.78 – Peshastin Creek Confluence: River Right. The Peshastin Creek enters the Wenatchee River from the right-hand side. This is the only confluence on the Wenatchee. Just downstream lies Dryden Dam, a mandatory portage, start moving left once you hit this creek.
Mile 6.92 – Dryden Dam Portage: Class VI. Mandatory portage over a low-head dam. Most boaters will portage on the right-hand side of this feature. We do not recommend running this rapid, as it has caused several avoidable fatalities throughout the years. However, there is a line that we only recommend if you are with a group that knows this feature extremely well.
Mile 7.63 – Wenatchee River Bridge 3: The third bridge passes over the Wenatchee River just above Upper Dryden Public Access
Mile 7.72 – Upper Dryden Public Access: River Left. Small, cobbled beach on the left-hand side of the river just below Wenatchee River Bridge 3. There’s a small riffle just below this beach.
Mile 7.8 – Upper Dryden Riffle: Class II. Read-and-run riffle just around the bend from the third river bridge.
Mile 8.21 – Wenatchee River Bridge #4: You’ll pass 3 bridges in a quick succession as you pass through Dryden. The last bridge is an old railroad bridge.
Mile 8.36 – Wenatchee River Bridge #5: The fifth bridge you’ll encounter connects Upper and Lower Dryden via Main Street. Just downstream lies a railroad bridge.
Mile 8.37 – Wenatchee Railroad Bridge #1: This is the first railroad crossing of this stretch of the Wenatchee river. In a mile or so, this track crosses back over the river
Mile 9.65 – Gorilla: Class II. Fun wave train on right of center as you approach the railroad bridge.
Mile 9.78 – Wenatchee Railroad Bridge #2: Remember that railroad from a mile or so ago? Here it is again.
Mile 9.88 – Wenatchee River Bridge #6: Highway 2/97 crosses back over the Wenatchee River one final time.
Mile 10.83 – Rodeo Hole: Just beneath a large granite face on the right-hand side is a very fun wave that can be hit at almost all flows
Mile 10.98 – Fox Miller Public Access: River Right. Seldom used river access point on the right-hand side of the river.
Mile 10.99 – Wenatchee Railroad Bridge #3: Just below Fox Miller Public lies a railroad bridge, and the last time you’ll encounter any railroads.
Mile 11.49 – Drunkard’s Drop: Class III. This is a short but very fun wave. Stay on river left as you approach the bank and line up for the waves on the very left or left of center, and keep your momentum.
Mile 13.32 – Goodwin Road Bridge: This the second last bridge before take-out.
Mile 13.75 – Snowblind Rapid: Class III. There are options to Snowblind on river right, center, or left. At flows above 15k, the waves become very big, and holes become even bigger. At flows below 10k, the most worrisome holes are in the center. You can punch them all if you have a large boat and momentum at moderate and low flows. Learn more about Snowblind Rapid.
Mile 14.2 – Granny’s: Class III. This rapid forms a fun wave train at the center and center-right at every level. You can surf them if you have the skills, otherwise, look ahead, line up well and get your momentum going. Most people choose to enter from right and move to center to hop on the last big wave called Suffocator.
Mile 14.44 – Take-out Bridge: The final bridge you will see lies just above the Cashmere Riverside Park Take-out.
Mile 14.64 – Cashmere Riverside Park Take-out: River Left. It is a tight turn to the boat ramp. If you have never run this, make sure to scout the take-out when you are setting shuttle. If you miss take-out, your next option is in Monitor, 4 miles downstream.