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Washington whitewater, Sultan River

Snohomish county, Spada Reservoir to Powerhouse section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS III-IV+     11 miles
  The scenic beauty of Snohomish County and the beautiful way the water current moves down the stream have people coming here. If you're coming from Mount Vernon-Anacortes it's not a long drive at all to the starting location, as you can see on the road map further down. There are a few other sections in this river system that can be paddled as well. And of course, there are campgrounds nearby. The beauty of the Northern Cascade Range is a great
    plus for this river. The Spada Reservoir to Powerhouse section of Sultan River is 11 miles long and has been rated as a class III-IV+ section by American Whitewater. You might be into whitewater rafting or kayaking or both,
doesn't matter, there are lots of good places for that around here. The nearby hotels are a bit away from the river, but do book a room before you come because it is a very popular destination. A bit of exercise and a chance to spend some time outdoors have people coming from far and near. If you have the time you can make this a two day trip, so go ahead and pack your camp stove. Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in Washington tend to be  
more challenging than the national average, so don't forget that many runs in this state are not easy.

Briefly about the general area:
There are plenty of people from Sultan here at Sultan River. A spree to Sultan River wouldn’t be complete without a visit to nearby Wallace Falls State Park. Through the summertime, highs usually are in the 70's at Sultan River while overnight lows are usually in the 50's. All through the wintertime this place gets highs in the 40's, and night lows in the 30's for Sultan River. Sultan River is a wet spot that gets a good deal of rain.

Sultan River, Spada Reservoir to Powerhouse 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 Sultan River.
 Whitewater Near Sultan River:
Sultan River, Snohomish County, 3 miles away
      Class III-IV+ - 11 miles long (Spada Reservoir to Powerhouse)
Sultan River, -blank- County, 3 miles away
      Class III-IV+ - 2 miles long (Powerhouse to Fishing Access)
Pilchuck River, Snohomish County, 5 miles away
      Class III+(IV) - 6 miles long (Road P-500 above Boulder Creek to Menzel Lake Road Bridge)
Wallace River, Snohomish County, 6 miles away
      Class II - 6 miles long (Bridge Close to Gold Bar to mouth)
Stillaguamish River - South Fork, Snohomish County, 7 miles away
      Class V - 12.3 miles long (Verlot to Granite Falls)
Stillaguamish River - South Fork, Snohomish County, 7 miles away
      Class III+ - 9 miles long (Mallardy Creek to Verlot)
Skykomish River, Snohomish County, 9 miles away
      Class I-II - 16.2 miles long (Big Eddy to Monroe)
Tolt River - North Fork, King County, 10 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 7 miles long (Yellow Creek to South Fork Tolt)
Skykomish River, Snohomish County, 12 miles away
      Class II - 2.5 miles long (Railroad Bridge to Big Eddy)
Tolt River, King County, 12 miles away
      Class II - 5.7 miles long (Tolt River Road close to Carnation to Snoqualmie River)
 Ski Areas Near Sultan River:
Alpental, Washington , 33 miles away, 2280 foot drop, 5 lifts, 19 runs
Stevens Pass, Washington , 34 miles away, 1800 foot drop, 10 lifts, 37 runs
Summit at Snoqualmie, Washington , 35 miles away, 2280 foot drop, 26 lifts, 96 runs
Mt.Baker, Washington , 43 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 8 lifts, 38 runs
Crystal Mountain, Washington , 51 miles away, 3100 foot drop, 11 lifts, 50 runs
White Pass, Washington , 66 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 6 lifts, 32 runs
Mission Ridge, Washington , 99 miles away, 2250 foot drop, 6 lifts, 36 runs
 Hotels Near Sultan River:
Monroe Motel, Monroe , 14 miles away
Best Western Sky Valley Inn, Monroe , 15 miles away
GuestHouse Inn & Suites Monroe, Monroe , 15 miles away
Evergreen Inn And Suites, Monroe , 16 miles away
Salish Lodge Spa, Snoqualmie , 19 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Sultan River:
Morning Star - Twin Falls Lake, Granite Falls, 4 miles away
Morning Star - Lower Ashland Lake, Granite Falls, 5 miles away
Morning Star - Upper Ashland Lake, Granite Falls, 5 miles away
 Public Lands Near Sultan River:
Lake Chelan National Recreation Area, Sedro-Woolley - WA , 39 miles away
North Cascades National Park, Sedro-Woolley - WA , 39 miles away
Wallace Falls State Park, Washington , 8 miles away
Olallie State Park, Washington , 24 miles away
Lake Sammamish State Park, Washington , 26 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Sultan River:
Blue Boy West Golf Course, Monroe , 7 miles away
Flowing Lake Golf Course, Snohomish , 15 miles away
Snohomish Public Golf Club, Snohomish , 19 miles away
 Lakes Near Sultan River
Hempel Lake, Snohomish , 5 miles away
Lake Dorothy, Snohomish , 9 miles away
Lake Fontal, Snohomish , 10 miles away

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