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Washington whitewater, Cascade River

Skagit county, Marble Creek Campground to Bridge Close to Skagit confluence section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS V     8.1 miles
  The starting point is not too far from Mount Vernon-Anacortes, please print out a copy of the road map further down the page so you won’t get lost. The scenic beauty of Skagit County and the sparkling of the sunlight on the water make the trip here worthwhile. The Marble Creek Campground to Bridge Close to Skagit confluence stretch of Cascade River in Skagit County is 8.1 miles long and has been determined by American Whitewater to be a
    class V section. You can pitch a tent or park your RV at a nearby campground. This stretch has has enough mileage, it's good length for a morning trip. You might have to settle for a hotel a bit away from the river if you
want to stay the night, but do book a room before you come because it is a very popular destination. The rivers for whitewater rafting and kayaking in this state are often tougher than in other states, so if you're visiting here do keep in mind that rivers here are less forgiving. Whitewater paddling here in the Northern Cascade Range is a great experience. Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking this is an area with plenty of rivers  
for that. This is one of a small number of paddling sections in this river system, there are a few others too. A good workout and a chance to spend some time outdoors have a lot of people coming here.

Briefly about the general area:
Here at Cascade River you'll probably meet some folks from Marblemount, and if you're here you can take a hike along the Hidden Lake Trail. Life's too short to enjoy all the entertaining stuff in the Northern Cascade Range. All through the warmest time of the year at Cascade River temperatures are frequently in the 70's. When the night sets in temperatures plunge down into the 50's.

Cascade River, Marble Creek Campground to Bridge Close to Skagit confluence 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 Cascade River.
 Whitewater Near Cascade River:
Skagit River, Skagit County, 3 miles away
      Class I-II - 16.4 miles long (Copper Creek to Rockport)
Cascade River, Skagit County, 5 miles away
      Class V - 8.1 miles long (Marble Creek Campground to Bridge Close to Skagit confluence)
Illabot Creek, Skagit County, 6 miles away
      Class V - 5 miles long (to Rockport-Cascade Road)
Cascade River, Skagit County, 7 miles away
      Class II - 6 miles long (Mineral Park to Marble Creek Campground)
Bacon Creek, Whatcom/Skagit County, 7 miles away
      Class II+(IV) - 6 miles long (Falls Creek to Skagit River confluence)
Skagit River, Whatcom County, 9 miles away
      Class II-III+ - 8.9 miles long (Goodell Creek to Copper Creek)
Stetattle Creek, Whatcom County, 15 miles away
      Class IV(V) - 4 miles long (Jay Creek to Gorge Lake)
Downey Creek, Snohomish County, 15 miles away
      Class III-IV - 1 miles long (Downey Creek trail to Suiattle River)
Whitechuck River, Snohomish County, 16 miles away
      Class IV - 6 miles long (Bridge above Crystal Creek to Sauk River confluence)
Baker River, Whatcom County, 17 miles away
      Class II - 2.7 miles long (North Cascades National Park to Baker Lake)
 Ski Areas Near Cascade River:
Mt.Baker, Washington , 26 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 8 lifts, 38 runs
Stevens Pass, Washington , 38 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 , 73 miles away, 3100 foot drop, 11 lifts, 50 runs
Mission Ridge, Washington , 87 miles away, 2250 foot drop, 6 lifts, 36 runs
White Pass, Washington , 87 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 6 lifts, 32 runs
Echo Valley, Washington , 93 miles away, 900 foot drop, 4 lifts, 8 runs
Loup Loup Ski Bowl, Washington , 99 miles away, 1240 foot drop, 3 lifts, 10 runs
 Campgrounds Near Cascade River:
Cascade Islands Campground II, Skagit County, 3 miles away
Cascade Island Campground I, Skagit County, 3 miles away
Bacon Creek Campground, Skagit County, 4 miles away
 Trails Near Cascade River:
Hidden Lake Trail, Skagit , 10 miles away,  5.8 hiking miles, 2693 feet elevation difference
Pyramid Lake Trail, Whatcom , 17 miles away,  2.2 hiking miles, 1153 feet elevation difference
Meadow Mountain Trail, Snohomish , 18 miles away, 13.4 hiking miles, 4096 feet elevation difference
Sulphur Mountain Way, Snohomish , 18 miles away,  3.8 hiking miles, 4270 feet elevation difference
Camp Creek Ridge Trail, Snohomish , 19 miles away,  9 hiking miles, 4047 feet elevation difference
Fire Creek Way, Snohomish , 19 miles away,  9.2 hiking miles, 1437 feet elevation difference
Fire Creek Trail, Snohomish , 20 miles away,  23.2 hiking miles, 4244 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near Cascade River:
Lake Chelan National Recreation Area, Sedro-Woolley - WA , 58 miles away
North Cascades National Park, Sedro-Woolley - WA , 58 miles away
Rockport State Park, Washington , 18 miles away
Wallace Falls State Park, Washington , 37 miles away
 Lakes Near Cascade River
Boulder Lake, Skagit , 9 miles away
Bouck Lake, Whatcom , 13 miles away
Caskey Lake, Skagit , 17 miles away

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