Snoqualmie River: Powerhouse to Plum Landing

Typically used as training grounds for whitewater paddlers, this is a good spot, when the water is at a reasonable level, to practice whitewater swimming techniques for canyoneering. There are several access points with large calm pools.

Put-ins & Take-outs

All of the river access points for this section are on SE Fish Hatchery Road. At mile 24.1 on WA 202 (just east of Fall City) turn onto 372nd St. Follow this 0.2 miles to the junction with SE Fish Hatchery Rd. There are several pull-outs as access points along this road. The Powerhouse parking lot is 0.5 mile up the road. 

on the water

This section is very popular with new boaters. It is essentially Western Washington's whitewater park, so be mindful of that as you choose your section. At low water levels some sections can be quite "boney" and not great for practicing swimming, but there are some deeper eddies that are good most of the year. There is one wave train that is popular with boaters and paddle boarders who want to practice surfing. There is ample eddy space on either side of the wave train, and it washes out nicely, so when it's not crowded, this is a good place to practice swimming ferries. Lower down, the river eases up but still has moving current that can offer some good practice.

Information for leaders


This route allows multiple bookings. Please check scheduled trips listed below in the "Activities" tab to see if there is another group already booked on the same day. If so, please coordinate with them to ensure you are carpooling and teaching at different areas.

  • Length: 1.0 mi
  • Land Manager: Land Manager Varies
  • Parking Permit Required: see "Put-Ins" & "Take-Outs" sections (above)
  • Recommended Party Size: 12
  • Maximum Party Size: 30
  • Maximum Route/Place Capacity: 30
  • USGS Snoqualmie Lake
Trip Reports
American Whitewater Website

American Whitewater's web page for the Snoqualmie Falls to Plum's Landing (Powerhouse) section of the Snoqualmie River.

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