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Washington whitewater, Cascade River

Skagit county, Mineral Park to Marble Creek Campground section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS II     6 miles
Did this section July 21, 2007 in a tandem canoe, at about 1850. Had never done this section before. The description above seems accurate. Several large log jams, some completely blocking the river, forcing us to take some long and rough portages through thick brush and over huge piles of logs. Even when the river is not blocked, there are serious strainers at every bend. You really have to be alert to avoid them. A lot of work and danger
    for the few fun class II rapids you get within the first mile or so. We spent nearly three hours on portages and scouting and only about one hour actually on the water. Not recommended.

Just attempted this section
of river August 10th, 2006. Very dangerous. It is no longer a class 2 after the big washout in 2004. River is full of debris and log jams. At one particular log jam on the left fork of the split (the right fork was completely dammed up) our raft was sucked into a huge 4 foot waterfall that was blocked by logs. It destroyed our raft, and we lost all of our gear. I was sucked under for several seconds, barely managing to make it out alive. Luckily  
I was wearing a helmet because my head hit several logs under water in the falls. The vortex created by this logjam was immense. I somehow managed to pull my self onto a log and catch my breath. We had to hike through thick forest over 2 miles to the bridge on road 1550. Needless to say I am cut up, bruised, with a miled concussion. This stretch of river is extremely dangerous. Do not attempt. There is no passage to get to Marble Creek Campground. You will be stuck in the deep forest. Says Curtis Jones

The Mineral Park to Marble Creek Campground stretch of Cascade River in Washington is 6 miles long and it is classified as a class II section by American Whitewater.

Cascade River, Mineral Park to Marble Creek Campground road map
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These outdoors activities are available near Cascade River.
 Whitewater Near Cascade River:
Cascade River, Skagit County, 1 miles away
      Class II - 6 miles long (Mineral Park to Marble Creek Campground)
Cascade River, Skagit County, 1 miles away
      Class V - 8.1 miles long (Marble Creek Campground to Bridge Close to Skagit confluence)
Skagit River, Whatcom County, 7 miles away
      Class II-III+ - 8.9 miles long (Goodell Creek to Copper Creek)
Skagit River, Skagit County, 8 miles away
      Class I-II - 16.4 miles long (Copper Creek to Rockport)
Illabot Creek, Skagit County, 10 miles away
      Class V - 5 miles long (to Rockport-Cascade Road)
Downey Creek, Snohomish County, 12 miles away
      Class III-IV - 1 miles long (Downey Creek trail to Suiattle River)
Stetattle Creek, Whatcom County, 12 miles away
      Class IV(V) - 4 miles long (Jay Creek to Gorge Lake)
Bacon Creek, Whatcom/Skagit County, 12 miles away
      Class II+(IV) - 6 miles long (Falls Creek to Skagit River confluence)
Suiattle River, Snohomish/Skagit County, 14 miles away
      Class III+ - 16 miles long (Sulphur Creek to Rat Trap Bridge)
Whitechuck River, Snohomish County, 17 miles away
      Class IV - 6 miles long (Bridge above Crystal Creek to Sauk River confluence)
 Ski Areas Near Cascade River:
Mt.Baker, Washington , 31 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 8 lifts, 38 runs
Stevens Pass, Washington , 37 miles away, 1800 foot drop, 10 lifts, 37 runs
Alpental, Washington , 50 miles away, 2280 foot drop, 5 lifts, 19 runs
Summit at Snoqualmie, Washington , 52 miles away, 2280 foot drop, 26 lifts, 96 runs
Crystal Mountain, Washington , 74 miles away, 3100 foot drop, 11 lifts, 50 runs
Mission Ridge, Washington , 82 miles away, 2250 foot drop, 6 lifts, 36 runs
White Pass, Washington , 86 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 6 lifts, 32 runs
Echo Valley, Washington , 88 miles away, 900 foot drop, 4 lifts, 8 runs
Loup Loup Ski Bowl, Washington , 94 miles away, 1240 foot drop, 3 lifts, 10 runs
 Campgrounds Near Cascade River:
Marble Creek, -blank-, 1 miles away
Newhalem Campground, Whatcom County, 7 miles away
North Cascades National Park - Newhalem Creek Camp Ground, Marblemount, 7 miles away
 Trails Near Cascade River:
Hidden Lake Trail, Skagit , 4 miles away,  5.8 hiking miles, 2693 feet elevation difference
Pyramid Lake Trail, Whatcom , 12 miles away,  2.2 hiking miles, 1153 feet elevation difference
Sulphur Mountain Way, Snohomish , 14 miles away,  3.8 hiking miles, 4270 feet elevation difference
Sourdough Lookout Trail, Whatcom , 16 miles away,  16.4 hiking miles, 5982 feet elevation difference
Meadow Mountain Trail, Snohomish , 16 miles away, 13.4 hiking miles, 4096 feet elevation difference
Fire Creek Way, Snohomish , 17 miles away,  9.2 hiking miles, 1437 feet elevation difference
Fire Creek Trail, Snohomish , 17 miles away,  23.2 hiking miles, 4244 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near Cascade River:
Lake Chelan National Recreation Area, Sedro-Woolley - WA , 63 miles away
North Cascades National Park, Sedro-Woolley - WA , 63 miles away
Rockport State Park, Washington , 24 miles away
 Lakes Near Cascade River
Boulder Lake, Skagit , 9 miles away
Bouck Lake, Whatcom , 10 miles away

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