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Washington whitewater, Racehorse Creek

Whatcom county, to National Forest Nooksack section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS V+     4.5 miles
  If you've been whitewater rafting and kayaking outside this state you might find the rivers here a bit more challenging, so if you're not from around here don't forget that the rivers in this state are less manageable. The put-in location is a short drive from Mount Vernon-Anacortes, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. The to National Forest Nooksack section of Racehorse Creek in Washington is
    4.5 miles long and has been determined by American Whitewater to be a class V+ section. And of course, there are campgrounds nearby. The nature scenery of Whatcom County and the cool fresh water attract people from near
and far. Some people prefer whitewater rafting and some kayaking, either way this area has a large number of paddling places. This stretch has has enough mileage, you can easily run it on an afternoon. The Northern Cascade Range scenery is wonderful. There are a few other sections in this river system that can be paddled as well. The nearby hotels are a bit away from the river, and if you make reservations in advance you're all set. Great  
exercise and just being out on the river for a while will make you glad you came.

Briefly about the general area:
People from Sumas love to come to Racehorse Creek. During the warm days of summer at Racehorse Creek temperatures are regularly in the 70's. When the night sets in temperatures sink down into the 50's. The wintertime comes with highs in the 40's while Racehorse Creek night low temperatures during the winter are in the 30's. Racehorse Creek sees pretty high levels of precipitation. November is the month that gets the most rain, and July is the month with the least moisture.

Racehorse Creek, to National Forest Nooksack 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 Racehorse Creek.
 Whitewater Near Racehorse Creek:
Racehorse Creek, Whatcom County, 3 miles away
      Class V+ - 4.5 miles long (to National Forest Nooksack)
Nooksack River - Middle Fork, Whatcom County, 6 miles away
      Class V - 4.5 miles long (Clearwater Creek to Heisters Creek)
Clearwater River - Middle Fork Nooksack Tributary, Whatcom County, 7 miles away
      Class V - 1.9 miles long (to Middle Fork Nooksack tributary)
Skookum Creek, Whatcom County, 9 miles away
      Class IV-V - 1.25 miles long (Above lower gorge to South Fork of Nooksack)
Canyon Creek - North Fork Nooksack, Whatcom County, 10 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 4.5 miles long (Canyon Creek Bridge to Glacier SpringSouth)
Nooksack River - North Fork, Whatcom County, 13 miles away
      Class II-III - 8 miles long (Douglas Fir Campground to Mt. Baker Highway milepost 27)
Glacier Creek, Whatcom County, 13 miles away
      Class III-IV - 3.5 miles long (FR 39 Bridge to National Forest Nooksack)
Nooksack River - South Fork, Whatcom/Skagit County, 14 miles away
      Class II-III - 12 miles long (River Mile 25 to Saxon Road)
Nooksack River - North Fork, Whatcom County, 15 miles away
      Class IV+ - 4.9 miles long (Nooksack Falls to Douglas Fir Campground)
Day Creek, Skagit County, 21 miles away
      Class IV-V(V+) - 5 miles long (Blair Road to Skagit River)
 Ski Areas Near Racehorse Creek:
Mt.Baker, Washington , 30 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 8 lifts, 38 runs
Mount Seymour, British Columbia , 63 miles away, 1083 foot drop, 5 lifts, 23 runs
Grouse Mountain, British Columbia , 71 miles away, 1260 foot drop, 5 lifts, 26 runs
Stevens Pass, Washington , 77 miles away, 1800 foot drop, 10 lifts, 37 runs
Cypress Mountain, British Columbia , 80 miles away, 2410 foot drop, 9 lifts, 52 runs
Alpental, Washington , 80 miles away, 2280 foot drop, 5 lifts, 19 runs
Whistler Blackcomb, British Columbia , 81 miles away, 5280 foot drop, 33 lifts, 200 runs
Summit at Snoqualmie, Washington , 82 miles away, 2280 foot drop, 26 lifts, 96 runs
Crystal Mountain, Washington , 98 miles away, 3100 foot drop, 11 lifts, 50 runs
 Hotels Near Racehorse Creek:
Fairfield Inn & Suites Burlington, Burlington , 24 miles away
Holiday Inn Express & Suites BURLINGTON, Burlington , 25 miles away
Candlewood Suites BURLINGTON, Burlington , 25 miles away
Hampton Inn - Suites Burlington, Burlington , 25 miles away
Best Western Plus Skagit Valley Inn And Convention Center, Mount Vernon , 26 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Racehorse Creek:
Silver Lake Park - Family Camp Ground, Maple Falls, 4 miles away
Silver Lake Park - Horse Camp, Maple Falls, 5 miles away
Riverview Park, Acme, 10 miles away
 Public Lands Near Racehorse Creek:
Lake Chelan National Recreation Area, Sedro-Woolley - WA , 17 miles away
North Cascades National Park, Sedro-Woolley - WA , 17 miles away
Larrabee State Park, Washington , 28 miles away
Bay View State Park, Washington , 32 miles away
Saddlebag Island State Park, Washington , 35 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Racehorse Creek:
Baker's Edge Golf Course, Maple Falls , 5 miles away
Sudden Valley Golf & Country Club, Bellingham , 18 miles away

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