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Washington whitewater, Glacier Creek

Whatcom county, FR 39 Bridge to National Forest Nooksack section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS III-IV     3.5 miles
  This stretch of Glacier Creek in Washington is 3.5 miles long and has been determined by American Whitewater to be a class III-IV section. The scenic beauty of Washington and the cool fresh water make the trip here worthwhile. The Northern Cascade Range scenery is wonderful. There are a few other stretches in this river system that can be paddled as well. Since you're on this site you are probably into whitewater rafting or kayaking, either way
    around here you'll find a large number of good spots. The average Washington whitewater rafting or kayaking river tends to be a bit harder to master than those in other states, so better not forget that the rivers in this
state are less manageable. There arenít any hotels right nearby but if you're willing to drive a short distance then no problem but do book a room before you come because it is a very popular destination. The put-in location is a short drive from Mount Vernon-Anacortes, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. For all you camping people there are campgrounds nearby. This section is quite short so it's not  
like you're gonna spend hours on the river in one stretch. A bit of exercise and spending some quality time in nature have a lot of people coming here.

Briefly about the general area:
Coal Pass is near Glacier Creek and is a delightful spot, and you'll probably meet some people from Deming here. You clearly ought to go for the Northern Cascade Range. Glacier Creek generally gets a large amount of rainfall. The month with most of the rain is November; July on the other hand is the driest. High temperatures at Glacier Creek through the warm days of summer are in the 70's.

Glacier Creek, FR 39 Bridge to National Forest Nooksack 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 Glacier Creek.
 Whitewater Near Glacier Creek:
Nooksack River - North Fork, Whatcom County, 2 miles away
      Class II-III - 8 miles long (Douglas Fir Campground to Mt. Baker Highway milepost 27)
Glacier Creek, Whatcom County, 2 miles away
      Class III-IV - 3.5 miles long (FR 39 Bridge to National Forest Nooksack)
Canyon Creek - North Fork Nooksack, Whatcom County, 3 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 4.5 miles long (Canyon Creek Bridge to Glacier SpringSouth)
Nooksack River - North Fork, Whatcom County, 4 miles away
      Class IV+ - 4.9 miles long (Nooksack Falls to Douglas Fir Campground)
Clearwater River - Middle Fork Nooksack Tributary, Whatcom County, 8 miles away
      Class V - 1.9 miles long (to Middle Fork Nooksack tributary)
Racehorse Creek, Whatcom County, 9 miles away
      Class V+ - 4.5 miles long (to National Forest Nooksack)
Nooksack River - Middle Fork, Whatcom County, 9 miles away
      Class V - 4.5 miles long (Clearwater Creek to Heisters Creek)
Nooksack River - North Fork, Whatcom County, 13 miles away
      Class V - 4 miles long (Mt. Baker Wilderness to Nooksack Falls)
Nooksack River - South Fork, Whatcom/Skagit County, 14 miles away
      Class II-III - 12 miles long (River Mile 25 to Saxon Road)
Skookum Creek, Whatcom County, 17 miles away
      Class IV-V - 1.25 miles long (Above lower gorge to South Fork of Nooksack)
 Ski Areas Near Glacier Creek:
Mt.Baker, Washington , 18 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 8 lifts, 38 runs
Stevens Pass, Washington , 69 miles away, 1800 foot drop, 10 lifts, 37 runs
Alpental, Washington , 73 miles away, 2280 foot drop, 5 lifts, 19 runs
Mount Seymour, British Columbia , 74 miles away, 1083 foot drop, 5 lifts, 23 runs
Summit at Snoqualmie, Washington , 75 miles away, 2280 foot drop, 26 lifts, 96 runs
Grouse Mountain, British Columbia , 83 miles away, 1260 foot drop, 5 lifts, 26 runs
Whistler Blackcomb, British Columbia , 91 miles away, 5280 foot drop, 33 lifts, 200 runs
Cypress Mountain, British Columbia , 91 miles away, 2410 foot drop, 9 lifts, 52 runs
Crystal Mountain, Washington , 93 miles away, 3100 foot drop, 11 lifts, 50 runs
 Hotels Near Glacier Creek:
Fairfield Inn & Suites Burlington, Burlington , 33 miles away
Candlewood Suites BURLINGTON, Burlington , 34 miles away
Hampton Inn - Suites Burlington, Burlington , 34 miles away
Holiday Inn Express & Suites BURLINGTON, Burlington , 34 miles away
BEST WESTERN PLUS Skagit Valley Inn And Convention Center, Mount Vernon , 35 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Glacier Creek:
Glacier Creek Sno-Park, Deming, 1 miles away
Douglas Fir - Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forests, Mountlake Terrace, 1 miles away
Canyon Creek Campground, Whatcom County, 4 miles away
 Public Lands Near Glacier Creek:
Lake Chelan National Recreation Area, Sedro-Woolley - WA , 24 miles away
North Cascades National Park, Sedro-Woolley - WA , 24 miles away
Rockport State Park, Washington , 28 miles away
Larrabee State Park, Washington , 39 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Glacier Creek:
Baker's Edge Golf Course, Maple Falls , 16 miles away
 Lakes Near Glacier Creek
Damfino Lakes, Whatcom , 10 miles away
Blue Lake, Whatcom , 14 miles away
Vogler Lake, Skagit , 17 miles away

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