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Washington whitewater, Skagit River

Skagit county, Copper Creek to Rockport section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS I-II     16.4 miles
On Saturday 11-14-09 we floated from Marblemount to Rockport on an eagle float. The river was at 6200cc on the Newhalem river gauge. It was a fabulous float. Snow on the hill tops with gold trees below. We saw 54 eagles, they are coming! Says Lori (see picture)

If you're coming from Mount Vernon-Anacortes it's not a long drive at all to the put-in location, please print out a copy of the road map further down the page so you wonít
    get lost. The average Washington whitewater rafting or kayaking river tends to be harder to run than those in other states, so better not forget that a large number of rivers in this state are not easy. You can enjoy this
section more if you take your time, so pack your sleeping bag. You can pitch a tent or park your RV at a nearby campground. When you're paddling down a Northern Cascade Range river like this one you always get great scenery along the way too. This river system has a few good paddling sections and the Copper Creek to Rockport section is one of them. There arenít any hotels right nearby but if you're willing to drive a short distance then no  
problem and if you make reservations in advance you're all set. Getting some good exercise and a chance to spend some time outdoors are great reasons to come. This stretch of Skagit River is 16.4 miles long and is according to American Whitewater a class I-II section of whitewater. The scenic beauty of Skagit County and the playfulness of the water make the trip here worthwhile. Some people prefer whitewater rafting and some kayaking, either way in this general area you'll find lots of paddling spots.

Briefly about the general area:
During your trip to Skagit River you'll meet some people from Rockport for sure.

Skagit River, Copper Creek to Rockport 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:
Bacon Creek, Whatcom/Skagit County, 6 miles away
      Class II+(IV) - 6 miles long (Falls Creek to Skagit River confluence)
Illabot Creek, Skagit County, 8 miles away
      Class V - 5 miles long (to Rockport-Cascade Road)
Skagit River, Skagit County, 8 miles away
      Class I-II - 16.4 miles long (Copper Creek to Rockport)
Jackman River, Skagit County, 8 miles away
      Class IV-V - 5 miles long (mile 6 to mile 1)
Baker River, Whatcom County, 11 miles away
      Class II - 2.7 miles long (North Cascades National Park to Baker Lake)
Cascade River, Skagit County, 14 miles away
      Class V - 8.1 miles long (Marble Creek Campground to Bridge Close to Skagit confluence)
Stillaguamish River - North Fork, Skagit/Snohomish County, 14 miles away
      Class V - 8 miles long (Confluence with South Branch to bridge below Moose Creek)
Sauk River, Snohomish/Skagit County, 15 miles away
      Class II - 14.6 miles long (Darrington to Sauk River Park)
Sauk River, Snohomish County, 16 miles away
      Class II-III - 4 miles long (Clear Creek to Darrington)
Skagit River, Whatcom County, 16 miles away
      Class II-III+ - 8.9 miles long (Goodell Creek to Copper Creek)
 Ski Areas Near Skagit River:
Mt.Baker, Washington , 19 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 8 lifts, 38 runs
Stevens Pass, Washington , 41 miles away, 1800 foot drop, 10 lifts, 37 runs
Alpental, Washington , 50 miles away, 2280 foot drop, 5 lifts, 19 runs
Summit at Snoqualmie, Washington , 52 miles away, 2280 foot drop, 26 lifts, 96 runs
Crystal Mountain, Washington , 73 miles away, 3100 foot drop, 11 lifts, 50 runs
White Pass, Washington , 87 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 6 lifts, 32 runs
Mission Ridge, Washington , 94 miles away, 2250 foot drop, 6 lifts, 36 runs
 Hotels Near Skagit River:
Monroe Motel, Monroe , 45 miles away
Best Western Sky Valley Inn, Monroe , 46 miles away
GuestHouse Inn & Suites Monroe, Monroe , 46 miles away
Evergreen Inn And Suites, Monroe , 47 miles away
Quality Inn Near Seattle Premium Outlets, Arlington , 50 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Skagit River:
Clark's Skagit River Resort, Rockport, 2 miles away
Marblemount Ranger Station, Marblemount, 2 miles away
Marten Creek - Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forests, Mountlake Terrace, 4 miles away
 Trails Near Skagit River:
Hidden Lake Trail, Skagit , 19 miles away,  5.8 hiking miles, 2693 feet elevation difference
Finney Peak Trail, Skagit , 20 miles away,  6.2 hiking miles, 2658 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near Skagit River:
Lake Chelan National Recreation Area, Sedro-Woolley - WA , 48 miles away
North Cascades National Park, Sedro-Woolley - WA , 48 miles away
Rockport State Park, Washington , 9 miles away
Wallace Falls State Park, Washington , 33 miles away
 Lakes Near Skagit River
Caskey Lake, Skagit , 9 miles away
Boulder Lake, Skagit , 14 miles away
Lake Tyee, Skagit , 19 miles away

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