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Washington whitewater, Pilchuck Creek

Snohomish county, Pilchuck Creek Campsite to Highway 9 Bridge section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS III-IV(V)     5.5 miles
  If you're coming from Mount Vernon-Anacortes it's not a long drive at all to the put-in location, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that. The sections for whitewater rafting and kayaking here in Washington are often more challenging than in other states, so if you're visiting here do keep in mind that rivers here are less forgiving. This stretch of Pilchuck Creek in Snohomish County is 5.5 miles long and has been
    determined by American Whitewater to be a class III-IV(V) section. There aren’t any hotels right nearby but if you're willing to drive a short distance then no problem but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels
fill up quick. The natural beauty of Snohomish County and the beautiful way the water current moves down the stream will make you feel great. Getting some good exercise and a chance to spend some time outdoors will have you coming back for more. The campgrounds here at Pilchuck Creek are pretty good. This section is long enough to enjoy a good non stop paddle, it's perfect for a one day trip. Some people prefer whitewater rafting and some  
kayaking, either way this area has a large number of paddling places. The beauty of the Northern Cascade Range is a great plus for this river. This river system is full of great paddling sections, the Pilchuck Creek Campsite to Highway 9 Bridge section is just one of them.

Briefly about the general area:
Lake Chelan National Recreation Area is a very great location to have a look at in close proximity to Pilchuck Creek, and a journey here wouldn’t be complete without a spree to nearby Wenberg State Park. Man, is there heaps of fun things to do in the Northern Cascade Range.

Pilchuck Creek, Pilchuck Creek Campsite to Highway 9 Bridge road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.


Detailed Map

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These outdoors activities are available near Pilchuck Creek.
 Whitewater Near Pilchuck Creek:
Pilchuck Creek, Snohomish County, 1 miles away
      Class III-IV(V) - 5.5 miles long (Pilchuck Creek Campsite to Highway 9 Bridge)
Pilchuck Creek, Snohomish County, 2 miles away
      Class II-III - 6.1 miles long (Highway 9 Bridge to I-5 Bridge)
Pilchuck Creek, Snohomish County, 7 miles away
      Class IV - 4.4 miles long (Lake Cavanaugh Road to Pilchuck Creek Campsite)
Jim Creek, Snohomish County, 10 miles away
      Class II - 7 miles long (Naval Station to South Fork Stillaguamish)
Day Creek, Skagit County, 12 miles away
      Class IV-V(V+) - 5 miles long (Blair Road to Skagit River)
Canyon Creek South Fork Stillaguamish Tributary, Snohomish County, 15 miles away
      Class IV-V - 1.3 miles long (Fishing Access site to South Fork Stillaguamish)
Stillaguamish River - South Fork, Snohomish County, 16 miles away
      Class II - 9.1 miles long (Granite Falls to Jordan)
Nooksack River - South Fork, Whatcom/Skagit County, 17 miles away
      Class II-III - 12 miles long (River Mile 25 to Saxon Road)
Deer Creek, Snohomish/Skagit County, 17 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 11 miles long (Bridge at Rick Creek to mouth)
Skookum Creek, Whatcom County, 18 miles away
      Class IV-V - 1.25 miles long (Above lower gorge to South Fork of Nooksack)
 Ski Areas Near Pilchuck Creek:
Mt.Baker, Washington , 43 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 8 lifts, 38 runs
Alpental, Washington , 64 miles away, 2280 foot drop, 5 lifts, 19 runs
Stevens Pass, Washington , 65 miles away, 1800 foot drop, 10 lifts, 37 runs
Summit at Snoqualmie, Washington , 65 miles away, 2280 foot drop, 26 lifts, 96 runs
Mount Seymour, British Columbia , 74 miles away, 1083 foot drop, 5 lifts, 23 runs
Crystal Mountain, Washington , 78 miles away, 3100 foot drop, 11 lifts, 50 runs
Grouse Mountain, British Columbia , 81 miles away, 1260 foot drop, 5 lifts, 26 runs
Cypress Mountain, British Columbia , 88 miles away, 2410 foot drop, 9 lifts, 52 runs
White Pass, Washington , 93 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 6 lifts, 32 runs
Hurricane Ridge Ski Lodge, Washington , 95 miles away, 800 foot drop, 3 lifts, 10 runs
 Marinas Near Pilchuck Creek:
Geddes Marina, Marysville , 11 miles away
Seacrest Marina, Everett , 12 miles away
Dagmars Marina, Everett , 13 miles away
Port of Everett, Everett , 14 miles away
Granite Creek Marina, Everett , 15 miles away
 Beaches Near Pilchuck Creek:
Tulalip Shores, Snohomish , 15 miles away
 Hotels Near Pilchuck Creek:
Angel Of The Winds Hotel And Casino, Arlington , 4 miles away
Quality Inn Near Seattle Premium Outlets, Arlington , 7 miles away
Best Western Plus Arlington/Marysville, Arlington , 7 miles away
Medallion Hotel, Arlington , 7 miles away
Home2 Suites By Hilton Marysville, Marysville , 9 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Pilchuck Creek:
Pilchuck Bridge Campground, Skagit County, 2 miles away
Walker Valley Trailhead, Clearlake, 4 miles away
Lake Associates Recreation Clb, Mt Vernon, 5 miles away
 Public Lands Near Pilchuck Creek:
Lake Chelan National Recreation Area, Sedro-Woolley - WA , 11 miles away
North Cascades National Park, Sedro-Woolley - WA , 11 miles away
Wenberg State Park, Washington , 12 miles away
Mukilteo State Park, Washington , 19 miles away
Bay View State Park, Washington , 24 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Pilchuck Creek:
Gleneagle Golf Course, Arlington , 6 miles away
Overlook Golf Course, Mount Vernon , 7 miles away
Eaglemont Golf Club, Mount Vernon , 10 miles away
 Lakes Near Pilchuck Creek
Lake Cavanaugh, Skagit , 10 miles away
Crabapple Lake, Snohomish , 11 miles away
Lake Howard, Snohomish , 13 miles away

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