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Washington whitewater, Skykomish River

Snohomish county, Big Eddy to Monroe section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS I-II     16.2 miles
  This stretch of Skykomish River in Washington is 16.2 miles long and has been rated as a class I-II section by American Whitewater. The starting point is not too far from Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. If you hurry you can run this stretch in a day but why not make it an overnighter, so why not pack your camping stuff too. The wild scenery of the Northern Cascade
    Range is great. There are campgrounds quite near the river where you can camp. Some people prefer whitewater rafting and some kayaking, either way in this general area you'll find lots of paddling places. The beautiful scenery
of Snohomish County and the playfulness of the water attract people from near and far. There arenít any hotels right nearby but if you're willing to drive a short distance then no problem but do book a room before you come because it is a very popular destination. Whitewater rafting and kayaking in this state is often more difficult than elsewhere, so if you're not from around here don't forget that many of the rivers here are not very forgiving.  
Getting a good workout and just being out on the river for a while will have you coming back for more. This river system is full of great paddling sections, the Big Eddy to Monroe section is just one of them.

Briefly about the general area:
At Skykomish River you always meet someone from Sultan; places like Wallace Falls State Park are wonderful to check out. Just can't get enough of the Northern Cascade Range. Skykomish River is a relatively wet place regularly with a great deal of rain. Most of the rain falls through December, and July is when it's the driest. At Skykomish River all through the warm days of summer highs are in the 70's while overnight lows are mostly in the 50's.

Skykomish River, Big Eddy to Monroe 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 Skykomish River.
 Whitewater Near Skykomish River:
Sultan River, -blank- County, 3 miles away
      Class III-IV+ - 2 miles long (Powerhouse to Fishing Access)
Tolt River, King County, 7 miles away
      Class II - 5.7 miles long (Tolt River Road close to Carnation to Snoqualmie River)
Tolt River - North Fork, King County, 8 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 7 miles long (Yellow Creek to South Fork Tolt)
Pilchuck River, Snohomish County, 8 miles away
      Class III+(IV) - 6 miles long (Road P-500 above Boulder Creek to Menzel Lake Road Bridge)
Wallace River, Snohomish County, 9 miles away
      Class II - 6 miles long (Bridge Close to Gold Bar to mouth)
Sultan River, Snohomish County, 9 miles away
      Class III-IV+ - 11 miles long (Spada Reservoir to Powerhouse)
Tolt River - South Fork, King County, 10 miles away
      Class V - 5.9 miles long (Bridge to confluence with North Fork Tolt)
Skykomish River, Snohomish County, 11 miles away
      Class I-II - 16.2 miles long (Big Eddy to Monroe)
Stillaguamish River - South Fork, Snohomish County, 12 miles away
      Class V - 12.3 miles long (Verlot to Granite Falls)
Stillaguamish River - South Fork, Snohomish County, 13 miles away
      Class III+ - 9 miles long (Mallardy Creek to Verlot)
 Ski Areas Near Skykomish River:
Alpental, Washington , 33 miles away, 2280 foot drop, 5 lifts, 19 runs
Summit at Snoqualmie, Washington , 34 miles away, 2280 foot drop, 26 lifts, 96 runs
Stevens Pass, Washington , 37 miles away, 1800 foot drop, 10 lifts, 37 runs
Crystal Mountain, Washington , 48 miles away, 3100 foot drop, 11 lifts, 50 runs
Mt.Baker, Washington , 48 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 8 lifts, 38 runs
White Pass, Washington , 63 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 6 lifts, 32 runs
 Hotels Near Skykomish River:
Monroe Motel, Monroe , 10 miles away
Best Western Sky Valley Inn, Monroe , 11 miles away
GuestHouse Inn & Suites Monroe, Monroe , 11 miles away
Evergreen Inn And Suites, Monroe , 13 miles away
Salish Lodge Spa, Snoqualmie , 14 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Skykomish River:
Wallace Falls State Park, Gold Bar, 10 miles away
Morning Star - Twin Falls Lake, Granite Falls, 10 miles away
Morning Star - Lower Ashland Lake, Granite Falls, 10 miles away
 Public Lands Near Skykomish River:
Lake Chelan National Recreation Area, Sedro-Woolley - WA , 40 miles away
North Cascades National Park, Sedro-Woolley - WA , 40 miles away
Wallace Falls State Park, Washington , 11 miles away
Lake Sammamish State Park, Washington , 21 miles away
Olallie State Park, Washington , 21 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Skykomish River:
Blue Boy West Golf Course, Monroe , 3 miles away
Flowing Lake Golf Course, Snohomish , 13 miles away
Carnation Golf Course & Driving Range, Carnation , 13 miles away
 Lakes Near Skykomish River
Lake Dorothy, Snohomish , 4 miles away
Lake Fontal, Snohomish , 5 miles away
Hempel Lake, Snohomish , 11 miles away

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