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Washington whitewater, Nooksack River - South Fork

Whatcom Skagit county, River Mile 25 to Saxon Road section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS II-III     12 miles
The Lummi Nation installed 22 engineered log jams (ELJs) in the summer of 2022 between river mile 18.7 and 18.4. There are two channel-spanning log jams at river mile 18.6, on each side of a forested island. There is no safe passage through this section of the river. Please egress prior to reaching these structures. The left braid has 3 or 4 more ELJs that require safe navigation around. Says Alex Levell (see picture)

The Lummi Nation
    started construction of engineered logjams for salmon habitat during the summer of 2014. Currently there are six ELJs located between RM 19.6 and 20.7 below Larson's bridge. The first logjam is located around RM 19.9. These
logjams have a yellow sign attached. In August 2014 additionals logjam will be constructed. Says Jill Komoto

During the Summer of 2014 the Nooksack Indian Tribe installed 10 Engineered Logjams for Chinook salmon recovery between river miles 9.6-9.8 (approximately 3 miles downstream of the Saxon Road Bridge). While this is technical downstream of the reach discussed in this article there is no section on the site for the section of River
downstream of Saxon Road Bridge on the South Fork Nooksack. If navigating in water downstream of Saxon Road Bridge be aware of other engineered logjams from past projects as well. There are logjams from River Mile 9.6 upstream to just downstream of the Saxon Road Bridge constructed by both the Nooksack Indian Tribe and Lummi Nation. Each structure is marked with an 18''X18'' yellow reflective sign to warn boaters. Says Eric Stover

The scenic beauty of Whatcom/Skagit County and the water flowing gracefully down Nooksack River - South Fork beats anything. The River Mile 25 to Saxon Road section of Nooksack River - South Fork in Washington is 12 miles long and is rated by American Whitewater as a class II-III section.

Nooksack River - South Fork, River Mile 25 to Saxon Road road map
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These outdoors activities are available near Nooksack River - South Fork.
 Whitewater Near Nooksack River - South Fork:
Skookum Creek, Whatcom County, 4 miles away
      Class IV-V - 1.25 miles long (Above lower gorge to South Fork of Nooksack)
Nooksack River - South Fork, Whatcom/Skagit County, 5 miles away
      Class II-III - 12 miles long (River Mile 25 to Saxon Road)
Nooksack River - Middle Fork, Whatcom County, 7 miles away
      Class V - 4.5 miles long (Clearwater Creek to Heisters Creek)
Clearwater River - Middle Fork Nooksack Tributary, Whatcom County, 8 miles away
      Class V - 1.9 miles long (to Middle Fork Nooksack tributary)
Day Creek, Skagit County, 10 miles away
      Class IV-V(V+) - 5 miles long (Blair Road to Skagit River)
Racehorse Creek, Whatcom County, 11 miles away
      Class V+ - 4.5 miles long (to National Forest Nooksack)
Pilchuck Creek, Snohomish County, 14 miles away
      Class IV - 4.4 miles long (Lake Cavanaugh Road to Pilchuck Creek Campsite)
Pilchuck Creek, Snohomish County, 15 miles away
      Class III-IV(V) - 5.5 miles long (Pilchuck Creek Campsite to Highway 9 Bridge)
Glacier Creek, Whatcom County, 16 miles away
      Class III-IV - 3.5 miles long (FR 39 Bridge to National Forest Nooksack)
Canyon Creek - North Fork Nooksack, Whatcom County, 16 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 4.5 miles long (Canyon Creek Bridge to Glacier SpringSouth)
 Ski Areas Near Nooksack River - South Fork:
Mt.Baker, Washington , 31 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 8 lifts, 38 runs
Mount Seymour, British Columbia , 69 miles away, 1083 foot drop, 5 lifts, 23 runs
Stevens Pass, Washington , 69 miles away, 1800 foot drop, 10 lifts, 37 runs
Alpental, Washington , 71 miles away, 2280 foot drop, 5 lifts, 19 runs
Summit at Snoqualmie, Washington , 73 miles away, 2280 foot drop, 26 lifts, 96 runs
Grouse Mountain, British Columbia , 76 miles away, 1260 foot drop, 5 lifts, 26 runs
Cypress Mountain, British Columbia , 85 miles away, 2410 foot drop, 9 lifts, 52 runs
Crystal Mountain, Washington , 88 miles away, 3100 foot drop, 11 lifts, 50 runs
Whistler Blackcomb, British Columbia , 90 miles away, 5280 foot drop, 33 lifts, 200 runs
 Hotels Near Nooksack River - South Fork:
Fairfield Inn & Suites Burlington, Burlington , 19 miles away
Candlewood Suites BURLINGTON, Burlington , 19 miles away
Hampton Inn - Suites Burlington, Burlington , 19 miles away
Days Inn Mt. Vernon, Mount Vernon , 20 miles away
Holiday Inn Express & Suites BURLINGTON, Burlington , 20 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Nooksack River - South Fork:
Les Hilde Trailhead, Hamilton, 8 miles away
Riverview Park, Acme, 9 miles away
Riverfront RV Park, Clearlake, 12 miles away
 Public Lands Near Nooksack River - South Fork:
Lake Chelan National Recreation Area, Sedro-Woolley - WA , 9 miles away
North Cascades National Park, Sedro-Woolley - WA , 9 miles away
Wenberg State Park, Washington , 27 miles away
Larrabee State Park, Washington , 27 miles away
Bay View State Park, Washington , 28 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Nooksack River - South Fork:
Sudden Valley Golf & Country Club, Bellingham , 17 miles away
 Lakes Near Nooksack River - South Fork
Lake Cavanaugh, Skagit , 15 miles away
Blue Lake, Whatcom , 20 miles away

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