Johnson Creek to Stafford Creek

Distance: 3.9 miles
Difficulty: Class III plus
Skill: 3 (advanced)
Fitness: 3 (advanced)
Average Gradient: 100 fpm

Gauge Information:
Look for flows of 100-300 cfs. Although there is no gauge for this stream the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation’s Yakima Project does maintain a gauge downstream at the confluence where the mainstem Teanaway starts. The Teanaway at Forks provides discharge at this point. Look for flows of around 1000 cfs on this gauge during April, May, and early June.

Trip Description:
–A small canyon run which can be scouted from the Forest Service road. Alternative take-out downstream at 29 Pines Campground.

Recommended Season:
Snowmelt. Usually June.

Additional Information: The source of the information included in this entry is the American Whitewater website. River conditions are subject to change, especially after storms or floods. For more the most up-to-date and detailed information or to view photos and user comments, check this river’s information at American Whitewater.

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Leave It Better Than You Found It:
 This should be every outdoor user’s goal. Pick up trash left by others, pull some noxious weeds along your route, throw branches over unwanted spur trails, don’t ride or walk wet trails when you’re leaving ruts/footprints deeper than ¼ inch…

Disclaimer. Treat this information as recommendations, not gospel. Conditions change and those contributing these reports are volunteers–they may make mistakes or not know all the issues affecting a route. You are responsible for yourself, your actions, and your safety. If you won’t accept that responsibility, you are prohibited from using our information.

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