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Washington whitewater, Sauk River

Snohomish county, Clear Creek to Darrington section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS II-III     4 miles
  The put-in location is a reasonable drive from Mount Vernon-Anacortes, please print out a copy of the road map further down the page so you wonít get lost. This stretch of Sauk River is 4 miles long and has been rated as a class II-III section by American Whitewater. Whitewater rafting and kayaking in Washington is often more difficult than elsewhere, so better not forget that many of the sections here are not safe for beginners. The beautiful
    scenery of Snohomish County and the playfulness of the water attract people from near and far. The Northern Cascade Range scenery is wonderful. 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. You might be into whitewater rafting or kayaking or both, doesn't matter, this area has a large number of paddling rivers. If you're a camper you can camp at one of the great campgrounds nearby. This is not the only paddling section in this river system, there are others too. Getting a good workout and just being out on the river for a while are sure  
to keep you coming back for more. This stretch has has enough mileage, it's good length for a morning trip.

Briefly about the general area:
The smiling folks of Darrington like to hang out nearby; when you're here it's always fun to visit Rockport State Park. This location, the Northern Cascade Range, has so much outdoors amusing things. Don't leave Sauk River without first going for a hike along the Finney Peak Trail. High temperatures at Sauk River through the warm days of summer are in the 70's with nighttime lows in the 50's. For the period of the winter this place gets highs in the 40's, and all through the dark hours in the wintertime at Sauk River temperatures descend to the 30's.

Sauk River, Clear Creek to Darrington 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 Sauk River.
 Whitewater Near Sauk River:
Sauk River, Snohomish County, 1 miles away
      Class II-III - 4 miles long (Clear Creek to Darrington)
Sauk River, Snohomish/Skagit County, 1 miles away
      Class II - 14.6 miles long (Darrington to Sauk River Park)
Clear Creek, Snohomish County, 4 miles away
      Class IV - 2 miles long (Eightmile Creek to Asbestos Creek Falls)
Squire Creek, Snohomish County, 5 miles away
      Class V - 3 miles long (Squire Creek Road to dowstream)
Stillaguamish River - North Fork, Skagit/Snohomish County, 6 miles away
      Class V - 8 miles long (Confluence with South Branch to bridge below Moose Creek)
Sauk River, Snohomish County, 8 miles away
      Class III+(IV) - 7 miles long (Whitechuck River to Clear Creek)
Stillaguamish River - North Fork, Snohomish County, 9 miles away
      Class II - 25.7 miles long (Moose Creek to Oso)
Stillaguamish River - South Fork, Snohomish County, 9 miles away
      Class II - 6.5 miles long (Deer Creek to Mallardy Creek)
Stillaguamish River - South Fork, Snohomish County, 12 miles away
      Class III+ - 9 miles long (Mallardy Creek to Verlot)
Jackman River, Skagit County, 15 miles away
      Class IV-V - 5 miles long (mile 6 to mile 1)
 Ski Areas Near Sauk River:
Mt.Baker, Washington , 29 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 8 lifts, 38 runs
Stevens Pass, Washington , 32 miles away, 1800 foot drop, 10 lifts, 37 runs
Alpental, Washington , 38 miles away, 2280 foot drop, 5 lifts, 19 runs
Summit at Snoqualmie, Washington , 40 miles away, 2280 foot drop, 26 lifts, 96 runs
Crystal Mountain, Washington , 61 miles away, 3100 foot drop, 11 lifts, 50 runs
White Pass, Washington , 75 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 6 lifts, 32 runs
Mission Ridge, Washington , 93 miles away, 2250 foot drop, 6 lifts, 36 runs
 Hotels Near Sauk River:
Monroe Motel, Monroe , 31 miles away
Best Western Sky Valley Inn, Monroe , 32 miles away
GuestHouse Inn & Suites Monroe, Monroe , 32 miles away
Evergreen Inn And Suites, Monroe , 33 miles away
Salish Lodge Spa, Snoqualmie , 37 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Sauk River:
Clear Creek, Darrington, 1 miles away
Esswine - Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forests, Mountlake Terrace, 2 miles away
Cascade Kamloops Trout Farm and RV Park, Darrington, 2 miles away
 Trails Near Sauk River:
Finney Peak Trail, Skagit , 14 miles away,  6.2 hiking miles, 2658 feet elevation difference
Gee Point Trail, Skagit , 19 miles away,  2.8 hiking miles, 1343 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near Sauk River:
Lake Chelan National Recreation Area, Sedro-Woolley - WA , 43 miles away
North Cascades National Park, Sedro-Woolley - WA , 43 miles away
Rockport State Park, Washington , 12 miles away
Wallace Falls State Park, Washington , 18 miles away
Olallie State Park, Washington , 37 miles away
 Lakes Near Sauk River
Caskey Lake, Skagit , 8 miles away
Hempel Lake, Snohomish , 15 miles away
Boulder Lake, Skagit , 18 miles away

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