Methow River - Calrton to McFarland Creek

Carlton, Washington

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The Methow (pronounced MET-how) originates high in the North Cascades and runs with melting snow into the lake formed on the Columbia by Wells Dam near Pateros. The Indian name for the river means “salmon falls river.” It’s a good description. The river has a lot of rapids and runs of salmon and steelhead. The valley through which it flows is surrounded by dry, sagebrush-covered hills that look like the setting for a Hollywood western movie. In fact, Owen Wister wrote The Virginian while he was living in Winthrop, where the Chewuch joins the Methow.
Paddling Washington: Routes in Washington State & the Inland Northwest

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Paddling Washington: Routes in Washington State & the Inland Northwest

by Verne Huser, Rich Landers, Dan Hansen, and Doug North (The Mountaineers Books)

The Methow (pronounced MET-how) originates high in the North Cascades and runs with melting snow into the lake formed on the Columbia by Wells Dam near Pateros. The Indian name for the river means “salmon falls river.” It’s a good description.

The river has a lot of rapids and runs of salmon and steelhead. The valley through which it flows is surrounded by dry, sagebrush-covered hills that look like the setting for a Hollywood western movie. In fact, Owen Wister wrote The Virginian while he was living in Winthrop, where the Chewuch joins the Methow.

©  Verne Huser, Rich Landers, Dan Hansen, and Doug North/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Carlton
Distance: 10
Duration: 3 to 4 hours
Class: Class II
Season: Best: July to August
Local Contacts: Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, North Central Office in Ephrata
Local Maps: USGS Methow
Driving Directions: Directions to Methow River - Calrton to McFarland Creek

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