Warning: Increasing water flow in the Chelan River

by Rachel Hansen | Mar 31, 2021

The Chelan River will flow faster and water levels will rise as Chelan PUD begins spring spill to manage Lake Chelan water levels.

Spill typically increases in early April and tapers off around the end of July, but can fluctuate at any time depending on weather conditions.

Please help Chelan PUD spread the word: Stay on trails in the upper reaches of the Chelan River and abide by “no trespassing” signs in other areas, specifically in the Chelan River Gorge.

The Chelan Gorge is the narrow, rocky channel of the Chelan River, located in an area with limited cell phone coverage and hazardous terrain. Rescues are extremely difficult. Changes in river flow can create hazardous conditions quickly and unpredictably, including higher water levels, fast currents, and potential entrapment. Chelan PUD has posted dozens of signs warning of the no-trespass areas for public safety.

For more information about Lake Chelan Dam operations, including lake levels, visit

Opportunities abound to safely explore the outdoors in the Lake Chelan area. Check out The Reach 1 Trail, Chelan Falls Park, Chelan Falls Powerhouse Park, Chelan Riverwalk Park. In Manson, try Old Mill Park and Manson Bay Park.


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