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Washington whitewater, Deer Creek

Snohomish Skagit county, Bridge at Rick Creek to mouth section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS IV-V+     11 miles
  Whitewater rafting and kayaking in this state is often more difficult than elsewhere, so don't forget that many runs in this state are not easy. The starting location is a short drive from Mount Vernon-Anacortes, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that. The scenic beauty of Snohomish/Skagit County and the water flowing gracefully down Deer Creek make the trip here worthwhile. Some people prefer whitewater rafting
    and some kayaking, either way in this general area you'll find lots of paddling rivers. This river system has a few good paddling sections and the Bridge at Rick Creek to mouth section is one of them. This section is long
enough for an overnight trip if you take your time, so go ahead and pack your sleeping bag. The campgrounds here at Deer Creek are pretty good. The beautiful Northern Cascade Range scenery is an added bonus. This section of Deer Creek is 11 miles long and is a class IV-V+ section of whitewater according to American Whitewater. Getting your paddling muscles activated and just hanging out with mother nature are great reasons to come. You might  
have to settle for a hotel a bit away from the river if you want to stay the night, but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick.

Briefly about the general area:
Have a pleasant hiking adventure along the Finney Peak Trail, and there are plenty of people from Arlington here. Now, you may think that's loads but there's even more entertaining things to do here in the Northern Cascade Range. Take a hike on the Gee Point Trail. Deer Creek frequently gets a good deal of rain. The wettest month of the year is commonly December, that's the one that rains the most; the driest month is July.

Deer Creek, Bridge at Rick Creek to mouth road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.

   

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OUTDOORS
These outdoors activities are available near Deer Creek.
 Whitewater Near Deer Creek:
Deer Creek, Snohomish/Skagit County, 2 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 11 miles long (Bridge at Rick Creek to mouth)
Boulder River, Snohomish County, 7 miles away
      Class III - 5 miles long (Boulder Falls to mouth)
Jim Creek, Snohomish County, 8 miles away
      Class II - 7 miles long (Naval Station to South Fork Stillaguamish)
Day Creek, Skagit County, 8 miles away
      Class IV-V(V+) - 5 miles long (Blair Road to Skagit River)
Pilchuck Creek, Snohomish County, 9 miles away
      Class IV - 4.4 miles long (Lake Cavanaugh Road to Pilchuck Creek Campsite)
Canyon Creek South Fork Stillaguamish Tributary, Snohomish County, 10 miles away
      Class IV-V - 1.3 miles long (Fishing Access site to South Fork Stillaguamish)
Finney Creek, Skagit County, 10 miles away
      Class V - 4 miles long (Finney Creek Road Bridge to bridge at mouth)
Stillaguamish River - South Fork, Snohomish County, 10 miles away
      Class II - 9.1 miles long (Granite Falls to Jordan)
Stillaguamish River - South Fork, Snohomish County, 14 miles away
      Class V - 12.3 miles long (Verlot to Granite Falls)
Nooksack River - South Fork, Whatcom/Skagit County, 15 miles away
      Class II-III - 12 miles long (River Mile 25 to Saxon Road)
 Ski Areas Near Deer Creek:
Mt.Baker, Washington , 31 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 8 lifts, 38 runs
Stevens Pass, Washington , 52 miles away, 1800 foot drop, 10 lifts, 37 runs
Alpental, Washington , 53 miles away, 2280 foot drop, 5 lifts, 19 runs
Summit at Snoqualmie, Washington , 55 miles away, 2280 foot drop, 26 lifts, 96 runs
Crystal Mountain, Washington , 71 miles away, 3100 foot drop, 11 lifts, 50 runs
White Pass, Washington , 85 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 6 lifts, 32 runs
Mount Seymour, British Columbia , 86 miles away, 1083 foot drop, 5 lifts, 23 runs
Grouse Mountain, British Columbia , 93 miles away, 1260 foot drop, 5 lifts, 26 runs
 Hotels Near Deer Creek:
Quality Inn Near Seattle Premium Outlets, Arlington , 18 miles away
Angel Of The Winds Hotel And Casino, Arlington , 19 miles away
BEST WESTERN PLUS Arlington/Marysville, Arlington , 19 miles away
Medallion Hotel, Arlington , 20 miles away
Monroe Motel, Monroe , 21 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Deer Creek:
Jim Creek Wilderness Recreation Area, Arlington, 5 miles away
Little Gee Lake, Concrete, 9 miles away
Rasar State Park, Hamilton, 9 miles away
 Trails Near Deer Creek:
Gee Point Trail, Skagit , 8 miles away,  2.8 hiking miles, 1343 feet elevation difference
Finney Peak Trail, Skagit , 12 miles away,  6.2 hiking miles, 2658 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near Deer Creek:
Lake Chelan National Recreation Area, Sedro-Woolley - WA , 20 miles away
North Cascades National Park, Sedro-Woolley - WA , 20 miles away
Rockport State Park, Washington , 23 miles away
Wenberg State Park, Washington , 27 miles away
Wallace Falls State Park, Washington , 27 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Deer Creek:
Gleneagle Golf Course, Arlington , 16 miles away
Flowing Lake Golf Course, Snohomish , 17 miles away
Cedarcrest Golf Course, Marysville , 19 miles away
 Lakes Near Deer Creek
Lake Cavanaugh, Skagit , 6 miles away
Lost Lake, Snohomish , 9 miles away
Vogler Lake, Skagit , 16 miles away

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