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Washington whitewater, Skagit River

Whatcom county, Goodell Creek to Copper Creek section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS II-III+     8.9 miles
On 2-15-2010 we floated in inflatable kayaks and 1 supercat.

The gauge was 5000 cf/s. There was lots of water and big standing waves in the s-curves. Definitely a class III.

You can scout the s-curves from the road very nicely. It is an exhilarating run. There isn't any boulders to dodge, just run the wave train staying to the inside curve.
Says Lori (see picture)

The natural beauty of Whatcom County and the beautiful
    way the water current moves down the stream are in themselves reasons enough to come here to paddle. This stretch of Skagit River in Washington is 8.9 miles long and has been determined by American Whitewater to be a class
II-III+ section. A good workout and just hanging out with mother nature are great attractions for lots of people. Whitewater rafting and kayaking in Washington is often tougher than elsewhere, so you'd better keep in mind that many of the sections here are not safe for beginners. Since you're on this site you are probably into whitewater rafting or kayaking, either way this is an area with plenty of spots for that. The campgrounds here at  
Skagit River are pretty good. Whitewater paddling here in the Northern Cascade Range is a great experience. The put-in is not too far from Mount Vernon-Anacortes, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that. This stretch has has enough mileage, good for a one day paddling trip. This is one of a small number of paddling sections in this river system, there are a few others too. The nearby hotels are a bit away from the river, but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick.

Briefly about the general area:
People from Marblemount love to come to Skagit River; close by you hit upon the Hidden Lake Trail which is a great hiking trail.

Skagit River, Goodell Creek to Copper Creek road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.


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These outdoors activities are available near Skagit River.
 Whitewater Near Skagit River:
Skagit River, Whatcom County, 4 miles away
      Class II-III+ - 8.9 miles long (Goodell Creek to Copper Creek)
Skagit River, Skagit County, 4 miles away
      Class I-II - 16.4 miles long (Copper Creek to Rockport)
Cascade River, Skagit County, 5 miles away
      Class V - 8.1 miles long (Marble Creek Campground to Bridge Close to Skagit confluence)
Bacon Creek, Whatcom/Skagit County, 7 miles away
      Class II+(IV) - 6 miles long (Falls Creek to Skagit River confluence)
Cascade River, Skagit County, 8 miles away
      Class II - 6 miles long (Mineral Park to Marble Creek Campground)
Stetattle Creek, Whatcom County, 10 miles away
      Class IV(V) - 4 miles long (Jay Creek to Gorge Lake)
Illabot Creek, Skagit County, 11 miles away
      Class V - 5 miles long (to Rockport-Cascade Road)
Baker River, Whatcom County, 17 miles away
      Class II - 2.7 miles long (North Cascades National Park to Baker Lake)
Downey Creek, Snohomish County, 18 miles away
      Class III-IV - 1 miles long (Downey Creek trail to Suiattle River)
Jackman River, Skagit County, 20 miles away
      Class IV-V - 5 miles long (mile 6 to mile 1)
 Ski Areas Near Skagit River:
Mt.Baker, Washington , 26 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 8 lifts, 38 runs
Stevens Pass, Washington , 43 miles away, 1800 foot drop, 10 lifts, 37 runs
Alpental, Washington , 55 miles away, 2280 foot drop, 5 lifts, 19 runs
Summit at Snoqualmie, Washington , 56 miles away, 2280 foot drop, 26 lifts, 96 runs
Crystal Mountain, Washington , 78 miles away, 3100 foot drop, 11 lifts, 50 runs
Mission Ridge, Washington , 88 miles away, 2250 foot drop, 6 lifts, 36 runs
White Pass, Washington , 91 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 6 lifts, 32 runs
Echo Valley, Washington , 93 miles away, 900 foot drop, 4 lifts, 8 runs
Loup Loup Ski Bowl, Washington , 98 miles away, 1240 foot drop, 3 lifts, 10 runs
 Campgrounds Near Skagit River:
Group Campground, Whatcom County, 4 miles away
North Cascades National Park - Goodell Creek Camp Ground, Marblemount, 4 miles away
Upper Goodell Group Campground, -blank-, 4 miles away
 Trails Near Skagit River:
Hidden Lake Trail, Skagit , 10 miles away,  5.8 hiking miles, 2693 feet elevation difference
Pyramid Lake Trail, Whatcom , 13 miles away,  2.2 hiking miles, 1153 feet elevation difference
Sourdough Lookout Trail, Whatcom , 17 miles away,  16.4 hiking miles, 5982 feet elevation difference
Panther Creek Trail, Whatcom , 20 miles away, 8.7 hiking miles, 2363 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near Skagit River:
Lake Chelan National Recreation Area, Sedro-Woolley - WA , 60 miles away
North Cascades National Park, Sedro-Woolley - WA , 60 miles away
Rockport State Park, Washington , 21 miles away
 Lakes Near Skagit River
Bouck Lake, Whatcom , 10 miles away
Boulder Lake, Skagit , 14 miles away

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