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Washington whitewater, Pilchuck Creek

Snohomish county, Highway 9 Bridge to I-5 Bridge section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS II-III     6.1 miles
  The starting location is a short drive from Mount Vernon-Anacortes, please print out a copy of the road map further down the page so you won’t get lost. Whitewater rafting and kayaking in Washington is often tougher than elsewhere, so if you're not from around here don't forget that rivers here are not as easy as elsewhere. This stretch of Pilchuck Creek is 6.1 miles long and is according to American Whitewater a class II-III section of
    whitewater. Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking around here you'll find a large number of good places. There are so many sections to paddle in this river system, the Highway 9 Bridge to I-5 Bridge section is just
one of many. You can pitch a tent or park your RV at a nearby campground. On this section you do get some distance, it's good length for a morning trip. No shortage of good hotels, but do book a room before you come because it is a very popular destination. Great exercise and spending some quality time in nature have a lot of people coming here. The beautiful scenery of Snohomish County and the water flowing gracefully down Pilchuck Creek attract  
people from near and far.

Briefly about the general area:
A trip to Wenberg State Park when you're here at Pilchuck Creek is a splendid idea, and during your stay here do have a look at nearby Tulalip Shores. Don't miss out on a visit to Lake Chelan National Recreation Area since you're here at Pilchuck Creek, and you'll meet a lot of folks from Marysville here. A river like this is too good to miss. Throughout the summertime months here at Pilchuck Creek, high temperatures mostly reach the 70's. Summer nighttime lows fall down to the 50's. Highs through the wintertime are ordinarily in the 40's, and nighttime lows in the 30's for Pilchuck Creek.

Pilchuck Creek, Highway 9 Bridge to I-5 Bridge 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, 2 miles away
      Class II-III - 6.1 miles long (Highway 9 Bridge to I-5 Bridge)
Pilchuck Creek, Snohomish County, 5 miles away
      Class III-IV(V) - 5.5 miles long (Pilchuck Creek Campsite to Highway 9 Bridge)
Pilchuck Creek, Snohomish County, 11 miles away
      Class IV - 4.4 miles long (Lake Cavanaugh Road to Pilchuck Creek Campsite)
Jim Creek, Snohomish County, 13 miles away
      Class II - 7 miles long (Naval Station to South Fork Stillaguamish)
Day Creek, Skagit County, 16 miles away
      Class IV-V(V+) - 5 miles long (Blair Road to Skagit River)
Canyon Creek South Fork Stillaguamish Tributary, Snohomish County, 17 miles away
      Class IV-V - 1.3 miles long (Fishing Access site to South Fork Stillaguamish)
Stillaguamish River - South Fork, Snohomish County, 18 miles away
      Class II - 9.1 miles long (Granite Falls to Jordan)
Deer Creek, Snohomish/Skagit County, 21 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 11 miles long (Bridge at Rick Creek to mouth)
Nooksack River - South Fork, Whatcom/Skagit County, 21 miles away
      Class II-III - 12 miles long (River Mile 25 to Saxon Road)
Skookum Creek, Whatcom County, 21 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 , 47 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 8 lifts, 38 runs
Alpental, Washington , 64 miles away, 2280 foot drop, 5 lifts, 19 runs
Summit at Snoqualmie, Washington , 66 miles away, 2280 foot drop, 26 lifts, 96 runs
Stevens Pass, Washington , 67 miles away, 1800 foot drop, 10 lifts, 37 runs
Mount Seymour, British Columbia , 73 miles away, 1083 foot drop, 5 lifts, 23 runs
Crystal Mountain, Washington , 78 miles away, 3100 foot drop, 11 lifts, 50 runs
Grouse Mountain, British Columbia , 80 miles away, 1260 foot drop, 5 lifts, 26 runs
Cypress Mountain, British Columbia , 87 miles away, 2410 foot drop, 9 lifts, 52 runs
Hurricane Ridge Ski Lodge, Washington , 92 miles away, 800 foot drop, 3 lifts, 10 runs
White Pass, Washington , 92 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 6 lifts, 32 runs
 Marinas Near Pilchuck Creek:
Geddes Marina, Marysville , 9 miles away
Seacrest Marina, Everett , 9 miles away
Dagmars Marina, Everett , 10 miles away
Port of Everett, Everett , 11 miles away
Granite Creek Marina, Everett , 12 miles away
 Beaches Near Pilchuck Creek:
Tulalip Shores, Snohomish , 11 miles away
 Hotels Near Pilchuck Creek:
Angel Of The Winds Hotel And Casino, Arlington , 1 miles away
BEST WESTERN PLUS Arlington/Marysville, Arlington , 4 miles away
Medallion Hotel, Arlington , 4 miles away
Quality Inn Near Seattle Premium Outlets, Arlington , 5 miles away
Holiday Inn Express & Suites MARYSVILLE, Marysville , 8 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Pilchuck Creek:
Smokey Point RV Park, Arlington, 4 miles away
Silvana Riverfront Park, Silvana, 4 miles away
Lake Associates Recreation Clb, Mt Vernon, 4 miles away
 Public Lands Near Pilchuck Creek:
Lake Chelan National Recreation Area, Sedro-Woolley - WA , 13 miles away
North Cascades National Park, Sedro-Woolley - WA , 13 miles away
Wenberg State Park, Washington , 8 miles away
Mukilteo State Park, Washington , 15 miles away
Camano Island State Park, Washington , 21 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Pilchuck Creek:
Gleneagle Golf Course, Arlington , 6 miles away
Overlook Golf Course, Mount Vernon , 7 miles away
Cedarcrest Golf Course, Marysville , 9 miles away
 Lakes Near Pilchuck Creek
Crabapple Lake, Snohomish , 7 miles away
Lake Howard, Snohomish , 10 miles away
Lake Stevens, Snohomish , 13 miles away

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