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Kayaking in Wenatchee River, Wenatchee, Washington USA

Route length:
18.6mi/30km
Difficulty level:
Class 3
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.

Wenatchee River starts from the Wenatchee Lake and runs down to Columbia River. The river run starts from Leavenworth Town to Monitor. It is 18.6 mi/30 km long, with a class 3 difficulty level for normal flows and range from 2500 to 20000 c.f.s.

The river is fantastic for intermediate and advanced kayak enthusiasts. The run has everything a kayak fan could wish for. When the water is high during spring, you run through big holes, surf waves, eddy’s, a concrete dam, amazing rapids and a huge boulder you have to avoid.

It is also considered to have one of the best play boating runs in Washington. 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
19.9mi/32km, 24mins
From N Wenatchee Ave continue towards US-2 W/US-97 S , continue on US-2 W and turn left on E Leavenworth Rd/Mountain Home Rd.
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 at 303 South Jackson Street.

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