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Washington whitewater, Nooksack River - Middle Fork

Whatcom county, Clearwater Creek to Heisters Creek section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS V     4.5 miles
  The Clearwater Creek to Heisters Creek stretch of Nooksack River - Middle Fork in Whatcom County is 4.5 miles long and is a class V section of whitewater according to American Whitewater. The average Washington whitewater rafting or kayaking river tends to be harder to run than those in other states, so keep in mind that many of the rivers here are not very forgiving. The nature scenery of Washington and the cool fresh water attract people
    from near and far. You can pitch a tent or park your RV at a nearby campground. The starting point is not too far from Mount Vernon-Anacortes, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that. When you're
paddling down a Northern Cascade Range river like this one you always get great scenery along the way too. The nearby hotels are a bit away from the river, but do book a room before you come because it is a very popular destination. Getting some good exercise and a chance to spend some time outdoors are sure to keep you coming back for more. There are so many sections to paddle in this river system, the Clearwater Creek to Heisters Creek  
section is just one of many. This is a pretty decent length section, it's perfect for a one day trip. Since you're on this site you are probably into whitewater rafting or kayaking, either way in this general area you'll find lots of paddling spots.

Briefly about the general area:
If you're stopping by Nooksack River - Middle Fork from Deming, you won't be the only one. If you havenít been to Lake Chelan National Recreation Area, you should schedule some time for it if you're here. Summertime highs at Nooksack River - Middle Fork typically tend to be in the 70's with nighttime lows in the 50's.

Nooksack River - Middle Fork, Clearwater Creek to Heisters Creek 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 Nooksack River - Middle Fork.
 Whitewater Near Nooksack River - Middle Fork:
Nooksack River - Middle Fork, Whatcom County, 3 miles away
      Class V - 4.5 miles long (Clearwater Creek to Heisters Creek)
Clearwater River - Middle Fork Nooksack Tributary, Whatcom County, 4 miles away
      Class V - 1.9 miles long (to Middle Fork Nooksack tributary)
Racehorse Creek, Whatcom County, 5 miles away
      Class V+ - 4.5 miles long (to National Forest Nooksack)
Skookum Creek, Whatcom County, 6 miles away
      Class IV-V - 1.25 miles long (Above lower gorge to South Fork of Nooksack)
Nooksack River - South Fork, Whatcom/Skagit County, 9 miles away
      Class II-III - 12 miles long (River Mile 25 to Saxon Road)
Canyon Creek - North Fork Nooksack, Whatcom County, 11 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 4.5 miles long (Canyon Creek Bridge to Glacier SpringSouth)
Glacier Creek, Whatcom County, 12 miles away
      Class III-IV - 3.5 miles long (FR 39 Bridge to National Forest Nooksack)
Nooksack River - North Fork, Whatcom County, 13 miles away
      Class II-III - 8 miles long (Douglas Fir Campground to Mt. Baker Highway milepost 27)
Nooksack River - North Fork, Whatcom County, 15 miles away
      Class IV+ - 4.9 miles long (Nooksack Falls to Douglas Fir Campground)
Day Creek, Skagit County, 16 miles away
      Class IV-V(V+) - 5 miles long (Blair Road to Skagit River)
 Ski Areas Near Nooksack River - Middle Fork:
Mt.Baker, Washington , 29 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 8 lifts, 38 runs
Mount Seymour, British Columbia , 66 miles away, 1083 foot drop, 5 lifts, 23 runs
Stevens Pass, Washington , 73 miles away, 1800 foot drop, 10 lifts, 37 runs
Grouse Mountain, British Columbia , 74 miles away, 1260 foot drop, 5 lifts, 26 runs
Alpental, Washington , 75 miles away, 2280 foot drop, 5 lifts, 19 runs
Summit at Snoqualmie, Washington , 77 miles away, 2280 foot drop, 26 lifts, 96 runs
Cypress Mountain, British Columbia , 82 miles away, 2410 foot drop, 9 lifts, 52 runs
Whistler Blackcomb, British Columbia , 86 miles away, 5280 foot drop, 33 lifts, 200 runs
Crystal Mountain, Washington , 94 miles away, 3100 foot drop, 11 lifts, 50 runs
 Hotels Near Nooksack River - Middle Fork:
Fairfield Inn & Suites Burlington, Burlington , 22 miles away
Candlewood Suites BURLINGTON, Burlington , 23 miles away
Hampton Inn - Suites Burlington, Burlington , 23 miles away
Holiday Inn Express & Suites BURLINGTON, Burlington , 23 miles away
BEST WESTERN PLUS Skagit Valley Inn And Convention Center, Mount Vernon , 24 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Nooksack River - Middle Fork:
Silver Lake Park - Family Camp Ground, Maple Falls, 9 miles away
Silver Lake Park - Horse Camp, Maple Falls, 9 miles away
Riverview Park, Acme, 9 miles away
 Public Lands Near Nooksack River - Middle Fork:
Lake Chelan National Recreation Area, Sedro-Woolley - WA , 14 miles away
North Cascades National Park, Sedro-Woolley - WA , 14 miles away
Larrabee State Park, Washington , 28 miles away
Bay View State Park, Washington , 31 miles away
Wenberg State Park, Washington , 32 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Nooksack River - Middle Fork:
Baker's Edge Golf Course, Maple Falls , 9 miles away
Sudden Valley Golf & Country Club, Bellingham , 18 miles away

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