Snoqualmie 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.

launch & Landing points

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.

  • Difficulty: Class II+
  • Length: 1.0 mi
  • USGS Snoqualmie Lake

Upcoming Activities

CA2 - Whitewater & Assistance - Snoqualmie Powerhouse to Plum Landing

Climbing Field trip: Waterfall Canyoneering Course CA123
Learn the dynamics of whitewater and how to assist others in hydraulic and other water
Thu, Aug 23, 2018
No Prerequisites
1 participant
Registration closes Aug 21
The Mountaineers Branch
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