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Washington whitewater, Baker River

Whatcom county, North Cascades National Park to Baker Lake section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS II     2.7 miles
  This section of Baker River in Washington is 2.7 miles long and is according to American Whitewater a class II section of whitewater. Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in Washington are harder than the national norm, so don't forget that a lot of the rivers here are not suitable for beginners. The North Cascades National Park to Baker Lake section is one of a few paddling sections in this river system. This stretch is short so no need
    to bring snacks. The put-in location is a short drive from Mount Vernon-Anacortes, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that. The wonderful Washington scenery and the cool fresh water will make you
feel great. The beautiful Northern Cascade Range scenery is an added bonus. Getting some good exercise and a chance to spend some time outdoors are great reasons to come. There arenít any hotels right nearby but if you're willing to drive a short distance then no problem and if you make reservations in advance you're all set. 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 places. For all you camping people there are campgrounds nearby.

Briefly about the general area:
The best way to spend a winter day is on the slopes of close by Mt.Baker. A trip to Rockport State Park invigorates the spirit. Baker River gets a good deal of water. The month with most of the rain is November, and July is when it's the driest. Summer brings highs in the 70's to Baker River. For the period of the moonlight hours it's frequently in the 50's. High temperatures during the wintertime are normally in the 40's; winter nights come with lows in the 30's to Baker River.

Baker River, North Cascades National Park to Baker Lake road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.


Detailed Map

Stats for this river stretch

Local weather forecast

These outdoors activities are available near Baker River.
 Whitewater Near Baker River:
Baker River, Whatcom County, 1 miles away
      Class II - 2.7 miles long (North Cascades National Park to Baker Lake)
Ruth Creek, Whatcom County, 8 miles away
      Class -blank- - 3.5 miles long (Mt. Baker Wilderness Area to confluence with Nooksack River)
Jackman River, Skagit County, 9 miles away
      Class IV-V - 5 miles long (mile 6 to mile 1)
Bacon Creek, Whatcom/Skagit County, 11 miles away
      Class II+(IV) - 6 miles long (Falls Creek to Skagit River confluence)
Nooksack River - North Fork, Whatcom County, 14 miles away
      Class V - 4 miles long (Mt. Baker Wilderness to Nooksack Falls)
Skagit River, Skagit County, 15 miles away
      Class I-II - 16.4 miles long (Copper Creek to Rockport)
Illabot Creek, Skagit County, 18 miles away
      Class V - 5 miles long (to Rockport-Cascade Road)
Stillaguamish River - North Fork, Skagit/Snohomish County, 20 miles away
      Class V - 8 miles long (Confluence with South Branch to bridge below Moose Creek)
Skagit River, Whatcom County, 20 miles away
      Class II-III+ - 8.9 miles long (Goodell Creek to Copper Creek)
Cascade River, Skagit County, 22 miles away
      Class V - 8.1 miles long (Marble Creek Campground to Bridge Close to Skagit confluence)
 Ski Areas Near Baker River:
Mt.Baker, Washington , 9 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 8 lifts, 38 runs
Stevens Pass, Washington , 51 miles away, 1800 foot drop, 10 lifts, 37 runs
Alpental, Washington , 60 miles away, 2280 foot drop, 5 lifts, 19 runs
Summit at Snoqualmie, Washington , 62 miles away, 2280 foot drop, 26 lifts, 96 runs
Crystal Mountain, Washington , 83 miles away, 3100 foot drop, 11 lifts, 50 runs
White Pass, Washington , 97 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 6 lifts, 32 runs
 Hotels Near Baker River:
Monroe Motel, Monroe , 49 miles away
Best Western Sky Valley Inn, Monroe , 50 miles away
GuestHouse Inn & Suites Monroe, Monroe , 50 miles away
Quality Inn Near Seattle Premium Outlets, Arlington , 50 miles away
Angel Of The Winds Hotel And Casino, Arlington , 50 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Baker River:
Baker Lake Horse Camp, Rockport, 0 miles away
Shannon Creek - Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forests, Mountlake Terrace, 3 miles away
Swift Creek Campground formerly Baker Lake Resort, Concrete, 7 miles away
 Public Lands Near Baker River:
Lake Chelan National Recreation Area, Sedro-Woolley - WA , 44 miles away
North Cascades National Park, Sedro-Woolley - WA , 44 miles away
Rockport State Park, Washington , 13 miles away
 Lakes Near Baker River
Caskey Lake, Skagit , 16 miles away
Lake Tyee, Skagit , 16 miles away
Blue Lake, Whatcom , 17 miles away

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