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Cle Elum River

A quick afternoon run down the "Cle ELum Racetrack". Flow was 3,600 CFS and our moving speed was 6 MPH so we were only on the water 1 hour.

  • Sun, Jul 23, 2023
  • Cle Elum River
  • Packrafting
  • Successful
  • Road recommended for high clearance only
  • Lots of wood in the upper half but a very wide river so easy to avoid. Only one turn where there was wood left, right, and center and hard to know if any channel was clear. 

    A swim would likely be very long as eddies were far and few in between.  Very concerning foot entrapment hazard as the river is generally shallow and a swimmer would get tired trying to get to shore and try to stand up.  I would call this an intermediate run. 

Brief view of the massive Suncadia resort development on river left about halfway down.