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Washington whitewater, Ruth Creek

Whatcom county, Mt. Baker Wilderness Area to confluence with Nooksack River section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

I have never kayaked, but the 100'+ deep gorge this creek goes through contains a series of waterfalls in a twisting channel.†† Has anyone ever attempted it and lived?†††† Says john meenk

If you've been whitewater rafting and kayaking outside Washington you might find the rivers here a bit more challenging, so you'd better keep in mind that the rivers in this state are less manageable. 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 wonderful Washington scenery and the cool fresh water make the trip here worthwhile. The Mt. Baker
Wilderness Area to confluence with Nooksack River section is one of a few paddling sections in this river system. Some people prefer whitewater rafting and some kayaking, either way around here you'll find a large number of good rivers. Getting some good exercise and a chance to spend some time outdoors have a lot of people coming here. This is a bit of a short stretch so it's not like you're gonna spend hours on the river in one stretch.  
And of course, there are campgrounds nearby. Whitewater paddling here in the Northern Cascade Range is a great experience. You might have to settle for a hotel a bit away from the river if you want to stay the night, but if you donít have reservations you might end up sleeping in your car.

Briefly about the general area:
Head up to Mt.Baker and strap some skis to your feet. Ruth 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. Through the months of summer at Ruth Creek temperatures are usually in the 70's.

Ruth Creek, Mt. Baker Wilderness Area to confluence with Nooksack 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 Ruth Creek.
 Whitewater Near Ruth Creek:
Ruth Creek, Whatcom County, 3 miles away
      Class -blank- - 3.5 miles long (Mt. Baker Wilderness Area to confluence with Nooksack River)
Nooksack River - North Fork, Whatcom County, 7 miles away
      Class V - 4 miles long (Mt. Baker Wilderness to Nooksack Falls)
Baker River, Whatcom County, 8 miles away
      Class II - 2.7 miles long (North Cascades National Park to Baker Lake)
Jackman River, Skagit County, 16 miles away
      Class IV-V - 5 miles long (mile 6 to mile 1)
Nooksack River - North Fork, Whatcom County, 17 miles away
      Class IV+ - 4.9 miles long (Nooksack Falls to Douglas Fir Campground)
Bacon Creek, Whatcom/Skagit County, 19 miles away
      Class II+(IV) - 6 miles long (Falls Creek to Skagit River confluence)
Glacier Creek, Whatcom County, 19 miles away
      Class III-IV - 3.5 miles long (FR 39 Bridge to National Forest Nooksack)
Nooksack River - North Fork, Whatcom County, 20 miles away
      Class II-III - 8 miles long (Douglas Fir Campground to Mt. Baker Highway milepost 27)
Skagit River, Skagit County, 22 miles away
      Class I-II - 16.4 miles long (Copper Creek to Rockport)
Canyon Creek - North Fork Nooksack, Whatcom County, 22 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 4.5 miles long (Canyon Creek Bridge to Glacier SpringSouth)
 Ski Areas Near Ruth Creek:
Mt.Baker, Washington , 3 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 8 lifts, 38 runs
Stevens Pass, Washington , 59 miles away, 1800 foot drop, 10 lifts, 37 runs
Alpental, Washington , 68 miles away, 2280 foot drop, 5 lifts, 19 runs
Summit at Snoqualmie, Washington , 69 miles away, 2280 foot drop, 26 lifts, 96 runs
Crystal Mountain, Washington , 90 miles away, 3100 foot drop, 11 lifts, 50 runs
Mount Seymour, British Columbia , 94 miles away, 1083 foot drop, 5 lifts, 23 runs
 Hotels Near Ruth Creek:
Angel Of The Winds Hotel And Casino, Arlington , 50 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Ruth Creek:
Hannegan Campground, Whatcom County, 2 miles away
Shuksan Campground, Whatcom County, 5 miles away
White Salmon Sno-Park, Concrete, 5 miles away
 Public Lands Near Ruth Creek:
Lake Chelan National Recreation Area, Sedro-Woolley - WA , 42 miles away
North Cascades National Park, Sedro-Woolley - WA , 42 miles away
Rockport State Park, Washington , 19 miles away
 Lakes Near Ruth Creek
Damfino Lakes, Whatcom , 12 miles away
Blue Lake, Whatcom , 16 miles away
Lake Tyee, Skagit , 18 miles away

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