Scenic USA - Washington

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Points of Interest

Leavenworth

Lake Wenatchee

Enchantment Lakes Basin

Burch Mountain Ridge

Thorpe Mountain Lookout

Peshastin Pinnacle Fingers

Quincy Wildlife Area

 

 

 

 

Wenatchee River

Wenatchee River - Washington

Photo by Ben Prepelka

     A web of small rivers and creeks quickly descend out of the lower Cascades and form the Wenatchee River Basin. The White and Little Wenatchee both flow into Lake Wenatchee, where the Wenatchee River begins.
     Just northwest of the Bavarian village of Leavenworth, a section of the river parallels U.S. Route 2 before it heads southward through the outskirts of town. Depending on the time of year, the Wenatchee varies between a racing torrent or something similar to this tame autumn view. Summer's toasty temperatures increase the snowmelt high upon the Cascade Range. On days when the river is running fairly high, many river-runners test their kayaking skills on this extreme stream. Because of the great depths of snowpack, whitewater rafting often extends into August on both sides of the Cascade Range.
     Adventure trips can be found throughout the Washington Cascades, but on the east side bragging rights include plenty of sunshine, these inviting emerald waters and miles of whitewater. With over a half dozen rivers in the area, the biggest problem may be choosing what river to tackle.
     This is also salmon country. Every September, thousands of people join in to celebrate the return of the salmon to northwestern river basin. This year’s theme, Dancing with Salmon, is held on the grounds of the Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery. Here at the mouth of the Icicle River, guests will discover the significance of salmon to people of the northwest.

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