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Kayaking in Chelan River, Wenatchee, Washington USA

Route length:
4mi/6.4km
Difficulty level:
Class 5
Wenatchee is the largest city of Chelan County, located in North Central Washington and lies on the west side of the Columbia River. The city is also known as the Apple Capital of the world, due to the valley's many apple cultivations.

Chelan River run starts after the Chelan Hydroelectric Dam, joining the Columbia River. It is 4 mi/6.4 km long and has a class 5 difficulty level. To run the river, you must sign up with Chelan PUD.

The river can be divided into four distinct sections and each one of them is fun and fast, suitable for advanced kayak enthusiasts. It has boulder fields, swift currents, blind turns, the Throne Falls, which is a deep drop with strong turbulence and some major rapids.

Chelan River is definitely an extreme kayaking location. Prepare to get wet in fresh, crystal clear cold water, take your gear with you, or plan an organized river trip and enjoy a fantastic white water kayak experience into the wild nature of Cascades.

How to Get to Destination

BY CAR FROM Seattle
145mi/233km, 2hours and 23min
Head East on I-90 E and take exit 85 to WA-970 N towards Wenatchee. Turn left on WA-10/WA-970 and enter US-2 E/US-97 N and continue towards N Wenatchee Ave.
BY CAR FROM Wenatchee
35.4mi/56.9km, 43mins
From N Wenatchee Ave enter US-2 W/US-97 S, exit on US-97 Alt N towards Chelan and continue straight towards Webster Ave.
BY AIR
Sea-Tac International Airport,
146mi/234km from Wenatchee Town
BY TRAIN

From downtown Seattle, not far from the airport, the King Street Train Station is a perfect way to get to Wenatchee. The station offers an enclosed waiting area, with restrooms, ATM and a ticket office. It is located on 303 South Jackson Street.

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