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Washington whitewater, Pilchuck Creek

Snohomish county, Lake Cavanaugh Road to Pilchuck Creek Campsite section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS IV     4.4 miles
  Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in Washington are harder than the national norm, so better not forget that lots of rivers here are not for beginners. The wonderful Snohomish County scenery and the sparkling of the sunlight on the water beats anything. This stretch of Pilchuck Creek in Washington is 4.4 miles long and it is classified as a class IV section by American Whitewater. The put-in is not too far from Mount Vernon-Anacortes,
    as you can see on the road map further down. The beautiful Northern Cascade Range scenery is an added bonus. There are plenty of other sections in this river system that can be paddled as well. This is a pretty decent length
section, suitable for an afternoon trip. A good workout and just hanging out with mother nature will make you glad you came. And of course, there are campgrounds nearby. You might be into whitewater rafting or kayaking or both, doesn't matter, in this general area you'll find lots of paddling places. The nearby hotels are a bit away from the river, but if you donít have reservations you might end up sleeping in your car.

Briefly about
 
the general area:
Lake Chelan National Recreation Area is a wonderful site near Pilchuck Creek; there are plenty of people from Mount Vernon-Anacortes here at Pilchuck Creek. You absolutely ought to adore the Northern Cascade Range. Lots of precipitation falls at Pilchuck Creek. For the period of the month of November you get the most rain around here while July is the month with the least amount of precipitation. At Pilchuck Creek during the warm months highs are in the 70's; the night is quite cooler of course, mostly in the 50's. High temperatures during the wintertime are normally in the 40's, and winter nights come with lows in the 30's to Pilchuck Creek.

Pilchuck Creek, Lake Cavanaugh Road to Pilchuck Creek Campsite 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 Pilchuck Creek.
 Whitewater Near Pilchuck Creek:
Pilchuck Creek, Snohomish County, 3 miles away
      Class IV - 4.4 miles long (Lake Cavanaugh Road to Pilchuck Creek Campsite)
Pilchuck Creek, Snohomish County, 3 miles away
      Class III-IV(V) - 5.5 miles long (Pilchuck Creek Campsite to Highway 9 Bridge)
Pilchuck Creek, Snohomish County, 6 miles away
      Class II-III - 6.1 miles long (Highway 9 Bridge to I-5 Bridge)
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)
Deer Creek, Snohomish/Skagit County, 13 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 11 miles long (Bridge at Rick Creek to mouth)
Nooksack River - South Fork, Whatcom/Skagit County, 14 miles away
      Class II-III - 12 miles long (River Mile 25 to Saxon Road)
Canyon Creek South Fork Stillaguamish Tributary, Snohomish County, 14 miles away
      Class IV-V - 1.3 miles long (Fishing Access site to South Fork Stillaguamish)
Stillaguamish River - South Fork, Snohomish County, 14 miles away
      Class II - 9.1 miles long (Granite Falls to Jordan)
Skookum Creek, Whatcom County, 16 miles away
      Class IV-V - 1.25 miles long (Above lower gorge to South Fork of Nooksack)
 Ski Areas Near Pilchuck Creek:
Mt.Baker, Washington , 39 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 8 lifts, 38 runs
Alpental, Washington , 62 miles away, 2280 foot drop, 5 lifts, 19 runs
Stevens Pass, Washington , 63 miles away, 1800 foot drop, 10 lifts, 37 runs
Summit at Snoqualmie, Washington , 64 miles away, 2280 foot drop, 26 lifts, 96 runs
Mount Seymour, British Columbia , 76 miles away, 1083 foot drop, 5 lifts, 23 runs
Crystal Mountain, Washington , 77 miles away, 3100 foot drop, 11 lifts, 50 runs
Grouse Mountain, British Columbia , 83 miles away, 1260 foot drop, 5 lifts, 26 runs
Cypress Mountain, British Columbia , 90 miles away, 2410 foot drop, 9 lifts, 52 runs
White Pass, Washington , 92 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 6 lifts, 32 runs
Hurricane Ridge Ski Lodge, Washington , 99 miles away, 800 foot drop, 3 lifts, 10 runs
 Marinas Near Pilchuck Creek:
Geddes Marina, Marysville , 14 miles away
Seacrest Marina, Everett , 15 miles away
Dagmars Marina, Everett , 16 miles away
Port of Everett, Everett , 17 miles away
Granite Creek Marina, Everett , 18 miles away
 Beaches Near Pilchuck Creek:
Tulalip Shores, Snohomish , 19 miles away
 Hotels Near Pilchuck Creek:
Angel Of The Winds Hotel And Casino, Arlington , 8 miles away
Quality Inn Near Seattle Premium Outlets, Arlington , 9 miles away
BEST WESTERN PLUS Arlington/Marysville, Arlington , 10 miles away
Medallion Hotel, Arlington , 10 miles away
Holiday Inn Express & Suites MARYSVILLE, Marysville , 13 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Pilchuck Creek:
Pilchuck Bridge Campground, Skagit County, 3 miles away
Walker Valley Trailhead, Clearlake, 5 miles away
River Meadows CountyPark, Arlington, 7 miles away
 Trails Near Pilchuck Creek:
Gee Point Trail, Skagit , 19 miles away,  2.8 hiking miles, 1343 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near Pilchuck Creek:
Lake Chelan National Recreation Area, Sedro-Woolley - WA , 10 miles away
North Cascades National Park, Sedro-Woolley - WA , 10 miles away
Wenberg State Park, Washington , 16 miles away
Mukilteo State Park, Washington , 23 miles away
Bay View State Park, Washington , 27 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Pilchuck Creek:
Gleneagle Golf Course, Arlington , 8 miles away
Overlook Golf Course, Mount Vernon , 10 miles away
Cedarcrest Golf Course, Marysville , 12 miles away
 Lakes Near Pilchuck Creek
Lake Cavanaugh, Skagit , 6 miles away
Lost Lake, Snohomish , 12 miles away
Lake Stevens, Snohomish , 15 miles away

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