Start the New Year boating with WRRR!
We will meet at noon at Derik Sallee’s house (22035 Dorre Don Ct SE, Maple Valley – phone 509-460-0079). Note that this is a different place than we usually meet – it’s a little downstream from Randy and Nancy’s place. We put in at Landsburg. We usually have between 2 and 25 boaters, depending upon the flow (and maybe the weather, but it’s Washington, you know).
We will be celebrating WRRR members who have passed on. Please bring your happy thoughts of your fellow boaters and enjoy the trip!
Brrrr! It’s cold and rainy and just right for a trip on the Tilton! The Tilton is a beautiful class III-IV canyon just west of Mt. Rainier. The first few miles are an easy warmup for the narrow and exciting gorge section. The rapids are challenging and fast – you have to stay on your toes on this run. There is a paddle out on the lake at the end, but it’s not too long and you’ll have plenty of time to talk about the awesome run you just had (and about whatever ridiculous thing happened to the club president this time…).
The group will camp at Ike Kinswa State Park, which is the takeout for the run. There are cabins you can reserve for the night if you’d rather not camp in the cold.
Meet at the takeout Saturday morning at 9:30 a.m. or camp out Friday night. If flows are high, or if there are people who just want an easier float, the Upper Tilton is a class II+-III run.
NOTE: Flows are expected to be high and there are reports of wood in critical places. Please check in with the group before going to the put-in.
This trip is still in the planning stages.
The WRRR Progression series is a group of river trips designed to help you learn skills. We start with easy runs and work our way up. The trips are open to rowers and IKers and anyone else who wants to join in. The trip leaders and helpers are all experienced boaters, and can help you with all kinds of skills. Get on it!
Join WRRR at the 32nd Annual Green River Cleanup on May 5th. There will be lots to do for boaters and non boaters. River stretches from class 2-4. Hiking and ground crew sections from flat trail to adventurous river corridor cleaning.
Registration at the Headworks goes from 9:30AM-11AM. At Kanasket-Palmer State Park, you can register from 9AM-11:30AM. Help us clean up the Green River and keep it one of the most beautiful rivers you can raft. You can pre-register online at http://www.greenrivercleanup.org/register-for-the-clean-up/
WRRR members will enjoy free camping at the Kanasket-Palmer State Park group camp on the Green on Friday and Saturday nights. WRRR will also be hosting a BBQ at Kanasket Palmer State Park on Saturday afternoon for members (or a $5 donation for non-members). (NOTE: This has changed from years past) WRRR will be providing Burgers, Brats, and main course foods. We welcome you to bring side items potluck style!
There will be a DUTCH OVEN DESSERT COOKOFF, this year just like years past. IT will be held at 8:30pm at the Kanasket Palmer group camp. Show off your D.O. skills and impress your friends. Winner gets a prize which has been up to a $50 value in the past!!!
Make sure to check out The Waterlog or wrrr.org forum for complete details.
You can also find updated information through the Green River Cleanup Facebook group.
For many years, access to the Lower Cispus takeout was only available 3 days a year or with a difficult-to-obtain permit. This has changed, and we can pick our weekend.
Camping will probably be at the Trout Lake U-Fish RV park, where we camp in a big field. This is not an official WRRR trip, so anyone is welcome as long as they pay for camping.
We will meet at the upper put-in on FR 28 bridge at 9am Saturday, with a goal of running shuttle at 10am. People can also put in at Twin Cedars, which is about a mile upstream of Iron Creek campground.
The Upper Clackamas is a fun and exciting whitewater run, and every year there is a big festival that brings in lots of boaters from all over. In 2017, Jay Cohen won the Cataraft Freestyle event, and several WRRR members were on hand to cheer him on. Let’s make a bigger impact in 2018 with more WRRR members and event participants!
Details can be found at http://upperclackamasfestival.org/
Bob Johnson was one of the founders of WRRR, and every June we get together at the Wenatchee River to celebrate WRRR and its founders. We have a potluck, prize raffle, and lots of fun!
We are currently trying to reserve the Tumwater group camp again. We will let people know when a final decision is made.
- The main meet is at the campground at 9am,
- Shuttle from East Leavenworth road at 10am. (From the Safeway in Leavenworth follow East Leavenworth road .7 miles up to the public access with a big parking area.
- The main flotilla Saturday is launching from 11:00 am 11:30am.
- Call any board member and we will relay the information to others and try to help you out. You may also coordinate with other boaters on the Yahoo Group and/or WRRR’s Facebook page. The shuttle is a game of skill, so make sure you coordinate well and pay attention!
- 7:00pm Potluck Dinner at the campground.
- 7:15pm General membership meeting and prizes!
Boating: The main float is Saturday morning for some Summertime Class 3 fun! Flows are back this year, so get ready to rumble! Fun in the sun, big water and classic Wenatchee Rapids! Be ready to shuttle at the East Leavenworth Put in at 9:52am. The WRRR lead boat will launch at 10:45 am and the Sweep boat will launch at 11:30. Win this game of skill by being on time!
THE RUN: Join us for some classic class 3 bigwater boating. Rapids such as Rock-N-Roll, Gorilla Falls, Drunkard’s Drop, Snowblind and Grannies are some of the notable ones. The group eats lunch at lunch island or Rodeo Hole. Sometimes Both! Bring your throw ropes and cameras for lunchtime surf carnage at Rodeo Hole!!!
SAFETY: Please follow the American Whitewater safety code. PFD’s, Helmets, Wetsuit, Etc. The weather should be great so pack some water and a lunch and enjoy the day. Please pay attention to the boaters around you. With the big flotilla fun also comes some danger in the form of you getting lost in the group. Please make sure that 2-5 people are looking after you and you are looking after them. Boating in many pods in the main group are our key to success. There will be an official WRRR lead boat (11am launch) and WRRR Sweep boat launch.
There will be Friday and Sunday trips also depending on interest. Check the Campground, trip leaders, or Yahoo/FB/Forum Groups for Friday trip planning. Sunday plans will be made in the campground Saturday night or Sunday morning. In 2013, there was a trip at 7am, so you never know unless you create it!
Most folks run the Wenatchee but there are some other nice rivers nearby, like the Chiwawa, Entiat, Methow, Icicle Creek, and Peshastin Creek. Make plans on the Yahoo Group or in the campground. If your schedule is tight, hit the Sky on your way home. There’s plenty of runs on the “WET” side of Hwy 2. River runs ranging from class 1-5 abound in the area, so there is always something for everybody.
Camping: Free camping will be available for club members. The Tumwater Campground Facility and dispersed camping in/near Tumwater Canyon is still closed for the 2017 season due to prior years fire danger. We will be camping in the same spot as last year. It’s dispersed camping and in a nice spot (Eagle Creek up Chumstick highway area). WRRR will provide toilets and firewood (or propane if there is a fire ban) Directions to the campground:
1. From US 2 (near Safeway) in Leavenworth go north on Chumstick hwy for just over 2.2 miles
2. Take a right on eagle creek road go for 5.5 miles to the end of pavement and go LEFT.
3. Continue on the gravel For 1.5 miles.
4. Take a right at FS road 7531 for 1 mile! You have arrived. We will have wrrr signs at all the turns starting at Eagle creek road. We request that you keep dogs on leash and police their do-do.
Saturday Night Potluck Dinner: We will be having a great meal, but we need your creative and wonderful campfire cooking skills. You bring food and your own beverages. WRRR will bring paper plates, plastic utensils, cups and napkins. Dinner is at 6:30 PM on Saturday to allow time for the raffle and general membership meeting
Anybody with a Dutch oven will be coveted this evening. If you aren’t sure what to bring the following is a suggestion for the type of dish to make or bring. If you have a specialty or preference please bring what you like. Last name begins with:
A-P Main dish P-R Side dish or salad S-Z Dessert
Raffle: Following dinner on Saturday at the Tumwater group camp the club will raffle off some great river gear. You can buy your tickets at the campground before the raffle starts (or you can buy tickets from the newsletter editor after the raffle is over for half price!)
Trip Leaders: Brenan Filippini, WRRR board
With summer in full swing, it’s time to take advantage of the long days and good flows for an overnight trip on the Sauk River! The Sauk is one of the few rivers in Washington that affords multi-day float opportunities.
In past years, we have run the Upper and Middle Sauk and the Lower Sauk, based on water levels. We will finalize plans as we get closer to the date, but the initial plan will be to put in at Bedal Campground on the NF Sauk early Saturday afternoon and take out at the Darrington mill bridge on Sunday afternoon.
Note that this is an overnight river trip, so you need to take your sleeping and eating gear on the boat. There’s no access to where we camp by car.
And just to find out who is paying attention, the theme for the evening is crazy shoes…