Sauk River Rafting
Price: $
River Rapid Class: II-III+
Trip in Miles: 16 miles
Trip Duration: 1 day
Season: May-August
Raft Types: Paddle Raft, Oar Raft, Inflatable Kayak
River Sections: White Chuck Campground to Darrington
Nearby Towns: Darrington (WA)
Gateway City: Darrington (WA)
Driving Times: Seattle (WA): 2 hours

Spring and early summer herald heavy snowmelt from the Pacific Northwest's high Cascade Mountains, turning area rivers into boiling cauldrons of rapids and whirlpools. Some of the rivers coursing thorugh Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest should only be tackled by experienced whitewater boaters or with a reputable outfitter. For something a little more mellow, though, try paddling the Sauk River, a popular spring float with one or two tricky Class III rapids that's ideal for families and beginners. The most popular section is the middle Sauk River between its confluence with the White and Suiattle rivers near Darrington. With thickly forested riverbanks and views of the Cascade foothills, it's also a beautiful day out on the water. Given the glacial source of all that water, it's also a cold river that calls for wetsuits on most days. The river runs pretty low in the late summer months, which is when many rafters hone their paddling skills in inflatable kayaks. The lower section below Darrington offers some easy Class I-II water good for novices and kids.

Published: 18 May 2011 | Last Updated: 25 Aug 2011
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication


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