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Washington whitewater, Downey Creek

Snohomish county, Downey Creek trail to Suiattle River section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS III-IV     1 miles
  The Downey Creek trail to Suiattle River section of Downey Creek in Washington is 1 miles long and it is classified as a class III-IV section by American Whitewater. The natural beauty of Snohomish County and the playfulness of the water beats anything. A good workout and just being out on the river for a while are great reasons to come. This is one of a small number of paddling stretches in this river system, there are a few others too. The
    starting location is a short drive from Mount Vernon-Anacortes, as you can see on the road map further down. Since you're on this site you are probably into whitewater rafting or kayaking, either way there are lots of good
places for that around here. 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. The campgrounds here at Downey Creek are pretty good. This stretch is very short so you'll have to walk back to the start over and over. Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in Washington tend to be more challenging than the national average, so if you're  
visiting here do keep in mind that the rivers in this state are less manageable. The beauty of the Northern Cascade Range is a great plus for this river.

Briefly about the general area:
There's great hiking along the Sulphur Mountain Way, and the Meadow Mountain Trail offers hiking at its best. Not enough hours in a day to enjoy the Northern Cascade Range. High temperatures at Downey Creek throughout the summer are in the 70's, and the nighttime is somewhat chillier of course, commonly in the 50's. All through the wintertime highs are frequently in the 30's while Downey Creek overnight low temperatures through the wintertime are in the 30's.

Downey Creek, Downey Creek trail to Suiattle River 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 Downey Creek.
 Whitewater Near Downey Creek:
Downey Creek, Snohomish County, 0 miles away
      Class III-IV - 1 miles long (Downey Creek trail to Suiattle River)
Suiattle River, Snohomish/Skagit County, 3 miles away
      Class III+ - 16 miles long (Sulphur Creek to Rat Trap Bridge)
Whitechuck River, Snohomish County, 10 miles away
      Class IV - 6 miles long (Bridge above Crystal Creek to Sauk River confluence)
Cascade River, Skagit County, 11 miles away
      Class II - 6 miles long (Mineral Park to Marble Creek Campground)
Sloan Creek, Snohomish County, 11 miles away
      Class IV-V - 1 miles long (to National Forest Sauk)
Sauk River - North Fork, Snohomish County, 11 miles away
      Class IV+ - 1.5 miles long (Above North Fork Falls)
Cascade River, Skagit County, 13 miles away
      Class V - 8.1 miles long (Marble Creek Campground to Bridge Close to Skagit confluence)
Sauk River, Snohomish County, 14 miles away
      Class II-III - 8.3 miles long (Bedal Campground to Whitechuck River)
Illabot Creek, Skagit County, 14 miles away
      Class V - 5 miles long (to Rockport-Cascade Road)
Skykomish River - North Fork, Snohomish County, 16 miles away
      Class II-V - 10 miles long (Jackson Wilderness to Bear Creek)
 Ski Areas Near Downey Creek:
Stevens Pass, Washington , 27 miles away, 1800 foot drop, 10 lifts, 37 runs
Alpental, Washington , 40 miles away, 2280 foot drop, 5 lifts, 19 runs
Mt.Baker, Washington , 41 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 8 lifts, 38 runs
Summit at Snoqualmie, Washington , 42 miles away, 2280 foot drop, 26 lifts, 96 runs
Crystal Mountain, Washington , 64 miles away, 3100 foot drop, 11 lifts, 50 runs
Mission Ridge, Washington , 72 miles away, 2250 foot drop, 6 lifts, 36 runs
White Pass, Washington , 76 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 6 lifts, 32 runs
Echo Valley, Washington , 82 miles away, 900 foot drop, 4 lifts, 8 runs
Loup Loup Ski Bowl, Washington , 91 miles away, 1240 foot drop, 3 lifts, 10 runs
 Hotels Near Downey Creek:
Icicle Village Resort, Leavenworth , 49 miles away
Fairbridge Inn Suites Leaven, Leavenworth , 49 miles away
Howard Johnson Express Inn - Leavenworth, Leavenworth , 49 miles away
Sleeping Lady Mountain Resort, Leavenworth , 49 miles away
Hotel Pension Anna, Leavenworth , 50 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Downey Creek:
Downey Creek Campground, Snohomish County, 0 miles away
Sulphur Creek Campground, Snohomish County, 2 miles away
Owl Creek Campground, Snohomish County, 6 miles away
 Trails Near Downey Creek:
Sulphur Mountain Way, Snohomish , 4 miles away,  3.8 hiking miles, 4270 feet elevation difference
Meadow Mountain Trail, Snohomish , 5 miles away, 13.4 hiking miles, 4096 feet elevation difference
Fire Creek Trail, Snohomish , 5 miles away,  23.2 hiking miles, 4244 feet elevation difference
Fire Creek Way, Snohomish , 6 miles away,  9.2 hiking miles, 1437 feet elevation difference
Glacier Ridge Trail, Snohomish , 6 miles away,  14.2 hiking miles, 3891 feet elevation difference
Kennedy Ridge Trail, Snohomish , 6 miles away,  18.8 hiking miles, 3975 feet elevation difference
Camp Creek Ridge Trail, Snohomish , 6 miles away,  9 hiking miles, 4047 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near Downey Creek:
Lake Chelan National Recreation Area, Sedro-Woolley - WA , 67 miles away
North Cascades National Park, Sedro-Woolley - WA , 67 miles away
Rockport State Park, Washington , 29 miles away
Wenatchee National Forest, Washington , 30 miles away
Wallace Falls State Park, Washington , 35 miles away
 Lakes Near Downey Creek
Boulder Lake, Skagit , 8 miles away
Bouck Lake, Whatcom , 19 miles away

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