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Washington whitewater, Sauk River

Snohomish Skagit county, Darrington to Sauk River Park section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS II     14.6 miles
  The put-in is not too far from Mount Vernon-Anacortes, as you can see on the road map further down. The scenic beauty of Snohomish/Skagit County and the water flowing gracefully down Sauk River have people coming here. The Darrington to Sauk River Park section of Sauk River in Washington is 14.6 miles long and is a class II section of whitewater according to American Whitewater. The average Washington whitewater rafting or kayaking river
    tends to be a bit harder to master than those in other states, so if you're visiting here do keep in mind that a large number of rivers in this state are not easy. Not too many hotels nearby, you'll have to drive a bit to
get to one, but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick. For all you camping people there are campgrounds nearby. Whitewater paddling here in the Northern Cascade Range is a great experience. There are so many sections to paddle in this river system, the Darrington to Sauk River Park section is just one of many. Getting your paddling muscles activated and just hanging out with mother nature have a lot of people coming  
here. If you have the time you can make this a two day trip, so why not pack your sleeping bag too. Since you're on this site you are probably into whitewater rafting or kayaking, either way around here you'll find a large number of good rivers.

Briefly about the general area:
There's good hiking along the Finney Peak Trail, and there are plenty of folks from Darrington here. So many enjoyable things to do in the Northern Cascade Range, not sufficient time. Rockport State Park is a great location to stretch your legs a bit. Sauk River gets much water. The month of November is the wettest with most of the rain, and July is when it's the driest.

Sauk River, Darrington to Sauk River Park 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/Skagit County, 4 miles away
      Class II - 14.6 miles long (Darrington to Sauk River Park)
Stillaguamish River - North Fork, Skagit/Snohomish County, 4 miles away
      Class V - 8 miles long (Confluence with South Branch to bridge below Moose Creek)
Sauk River, Snohomish County, 5 miles away
      Class II-III - 4 miles long (Clear Creek to Darrington)
Squire Creek, Snohomish County, 8 miles away
      Class V - 3 miles long (Squire Creek Road to dowstream)
Clear Creek, Snohomish County, 8 miles away
      Class IV - 2 miles long (Eightmile Creek to Asbestos Creek Falls)
Stillaguamish River - North Fork, Snohomish County, 9 miles away
      Class II - 25.7 miles long (Moose Creek to Oso)
Jackman River, Skagit County, 10 miles away
      Class IV-V - 5 miles long (mile 6 to mile 1)
Sauk River, Snohomish County, 10 miles away
      Class III+(IV) - 7 miles long (Whitechuck River to Clear Creek)
Illabot Creek, Skagit County, 13 miles away
      Class V - 5 miles long (to Rockport-Cascade Road)
Stillaguamish River - South Fork, Snohomish County, 13 miles away
      Class II - 6.5 miles long (Deer Creek to Mallardy Creek)
 Ski Areas Near Sauk River:
Mt.Baker, Washington , 25 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 8 lifts, 38 runs
Stevens Pass, Washington , 35 miles away, 1800 foot drop, 10 lifts, 37 runs
Alpental, Washington , 42 miles away, 2280 foot drop, 5 lifts, 19 runs
Summit at Snoqualmie, Washington , 44 miles away, 2280 foot drop, 26 lifts, 96 runs
Crystal Mountain, Washington , 65 miles away, 3100 foot drop, 11 lifts, 50 runs
White Pass, Washington , 79 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 6 lifts, 32 runs
Mission Ridge, Washington , 94 miles away, 2250 foot drop, 6 lifts, 36 runs
 Hotels Near Sauk River:
Monroe Motel, Monroe , 34 miles away
Best Western Sky Valley Inn, Monroe , 35 miles away
GuestHouse Inn & Suites Monroe, Monroe , 35 miles away
Evergreen Inn And Suites, Monroe , 36 miles away
Inn At Snohomish, Snohomish , 40 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Sauk River:
Texas Pond, Darrington, 2 miles away
Caskey Lake, Rockport, 3 miles away
Sauk Park, Rockport, 4 miles away
 Trails Near Sauk River:
Finney Peak Trail, Skagit , 12 miles away,  6.2 hiking miles, 2658 feet elevation difference
Gee Point Trail, Skagit , 18 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 , 7 miles away
Wallace Falls State Park, Washington , 22 miles away
 Lakes Near Sauk River
Caskey Lake, Skagit , 3 miles away
Lake Tyee, Skagit , 17 miles away
Vogler Lake, Skagit , 17 miles away

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