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Washington whitewater, Skookum Creek

Whatcom county, Above lower gorge to South Fork of Nooksack section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS IV-V     1.25 miles
  The put-in location is a short drive from Mount Vernon-Anacortes, as you can see on the road map further down. The average Washington whitewater rafting or kayaking river tends to be a bit harder to master than those in other states, so you'd better keep in mind that a lot of the rivers here are not suitable for beginners. The Above lower gorge to South Fork of Nooksack stretch is one of a few paddling stretches in this river system. You
    might have to settle for a hotel a bit away from the river if you want to stay the night, but if you donít have reservations you might end up sleeping in your car. A good workout and just hanging out with mother nature are
great attractions for lots of people. The scenic beauty of Washington and the cool fresh water are in themselves reasons enough to come here to paddle. This section is very short so you'll have to walk back to the start over and over. When you're paddling down a Northern Cascade Range river like this one you always get great scenery along the way too. And of course, there are campgrounds nearby. This section of Skookum Creek is 1.25 miles  
long and has been determined by American Whitewater to be a class IV-V section. Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking in this general area you'll find lots of paddling rivers.

Briefly about the general area:
You're sure to come across some great folks from Acme here. The sights at Lake Chelan National Recreation Area will blow your mind. Skookum Creek sees pretty high levels of precipitation. November is the month that gets the most rain while July is the month with the least amount of precipitation. Summertime highs at Skookum Creek ordinarily tend to be in the 70's.

Skookum Creek, Above lower gorge to South Fork of 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 Skookum Creek.
 Whitewater Near Skookum Creek:
Skookum Creek, Whatcom County, 1 miles away
      Class IV-V - 1.25 miles long (Above lower gorge to South Fork of Nooksack)
Nooksack River - Middle Fork, Whatcom County, 8 miles away
      Class V - 4.5 miles long (Clearwater Creek to Heisters Creek)
Nooksack River - South Fork, Whatcom/Skagit County, 9 miles away
      Class II-III - 12 miles long (River Mile 25 to Saxon Road)
Clearwater River - Middle Fork Nooksack Tributary, Whatcom County, 9 miles away
      Class V - 1.9 miles long (to Middle Fork Nooksack tributary)
Racehorse Creek, Whatcom County, 11 miles away
      Class V+ - 4.5 miles long (to National Forest Nooksack)
Day Creek, Skagit County, 14 miles away
      Class IV-V(V+) - 5 miles long (Blair Road to Skagit River)
Pilchuck Creek, Snohomish County, 16 miles away
      Class IV - 4.4 miles long (Lake Cavanaugh Road to Pilchuck Creek Campsite)
Pilchuck Creek, Snohomish County, 16 miles away
      Class III-IV(V) - 5.5 miles long (Pilchuck Creek Campsite to Highway 9 Bridge)
Canyon Creek - North Fork Nooksack, Whatcom County, 17 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 4.5 miles long (Canyon Creek Bridge to Glacier SpringSouth)
Glacier Creek, Whatcom County, 18 miles away
      Class III-IV - 3.5 miles long (FR 39 Bridge to National Forest Nooksack)
 Ski Areas Near Skookum Creek:
Mt.Baker, Washington , 34 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 8 lifts, 38 runs
Mount Seymour, British Columbia , 64 miles away, 1083 foot drop, 5 lifts, 23 runs
Grouse Mountain, British Columbia , 72 miles away, 1260 foot drop, 5 lifts, 26 runs
Stevens Pass, Washington , 73 miles away, 1800 foot drop, 10 lifts, 37 runs
Alpental, Washington , 74 miles away, 2280 foot drop, 5 lifts, 19 runs
Summit at Snoqualmie, Washington , 76 miles away, 2280 foot drop, 26 lifts, 96 runs
Cypress Mountain, British Columbia , 80 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 , 92 miles away, 3100 foot drop, 11 lifts, 50 runs
 Hotels Near Skookum Creek:
Fairfield Inn & Suites Burlington, Burlington , 16 miles away
Candlewood Suites BURLINGTON, Burlington , 17 miles away
Hampton Inn - Suites Burlington, Burlington , 17 miles away
Holiday Inn Express & Suites BURLINGTON, Burlington , 17 miles away
BEST WESTERN PLUS Skagit Valley Inn And Convention Center, Mount Vernon , 18 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Skookum Creek:
Riverview Park, Acme, 5 miles away
Riverfront RV Park, Clearlake, 10 miles away
Les Hilde Trailhead, Hamilton, 12 miles away
 Public Lands Near Skookum Creek:
Lake Chelan National Recreation Area, Sedro-Woolley - WA , 8 miles away
North Cascades National Park, Sedro-Woolley - WA , 8 miles away
Larrabee State Park, Washington , 24 miles away
Bay View State Park, Washington , 25 miles away
Wenberg State Park, Washington , 27 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Skookum Creek:
Baker's Edge Golf Course, Maple Falls , 12 miles away
Sudden Valley Golf & Country Club, Bellingham , 13 miles away
Overlook Golf Course, Mount Vernon , 15 miles away
 Lakes Near Skookum Creek
Lake Cavanaugh, Skagit , 18 miles away

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