Canoeing, Kayaking, Rafting, Paddle Boarding & Swimming.
The Methow offers water sports in both flat water and whitewater for canoeing, kayaking, rafting and paddle boarding enthusiasts.
Patterson Lake, located near Sun Mountain Lodge is a quiet, protected lake that appeals to water-lovers. Patterson allows motorized fishing, but only with an 8mph motor boat speed. No jet skiing is permitted. Patterson Lake is a popular swim destination on hot summer days, and you can always find a private beach by walking the Sun Mountain Trails at the far side of the Lake. Paddle board, canoes, kayaks, and sailboats can be rented from Sun Mountain Lodge.
Pearrygin Lake State Park is a gorgeous lake just 4 miles NW of Winthrop. This lake is popular for water sports like fishing and boating. Paddle boards, kayaks, paddle boats, and row boats can be rented at Silverline Resort.
Whitewater Rafting and Kayaking
When spring runoff raises river levels, the Methow River becomes a fun and exhilarating whitewater rafting destination. The Methow River is rated up to class IV, depending on water level and section, and trips can be customized to meet the interests of families and groups. Whitewater Raft and Kayak trips can be booked through Methow Rafting. Additionally, Methow Rafting has valuable information about current river conditions and hazards if getting out on a private float is more your style.
Inner-tubing the Methow River is a popular pastime on hot summer days. Tubes can be purchased from a variety of businesses in Winthrop. It is always a good idea to assess your group’s ability level before getting on the water, scout your river route before launching, and remember to wear your life jacket! Various companies will assist you with tube rentals and vehicle transportation assistance including AbbyCreek Inn, and Methow Rafting.
Pearrygin Lake is the clear choice for motor sport enthusiasts. Located just minutes from downtown Winthrop, and with several camping option including Silverline Resort and the State Park, water ski, jet ski and fishing enthusiasts can hunker down and enjoy the water, views and other recreational opportunities for days on end.
Take a Dip
Looking for a place to take a dip after a hike or ride? Many rivers and creeks in the Valley can be accessed through public lands. Try Falls Creek or Boulder Creek up the Chewuch River Valley, stop at a roadside pullout up the Twisp River or Lost River in Mazama, or simply take your family to the public Wagner Memorial Pool at the Twisp Park. There is a kid’s shallow pool with fountains and mini-slide, and a larger slide and diving board in the main pool. And of course, there are alpine lakes too numerous to list for the most refreshing and satisfying of swims.