Skagit River

Newhalem, Washington

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The Skagit River area is full of wonders. Paddle the river in early fall, and you’ll see salmon spawning. Paddle it during the winter months, and you’ll often be treated to the sight of bald eagles feeding on the spawned salmon. The Skagit takes its name from the local Indian tribe, which made extensive use of the river. Although the Skagit is dam-controlled (by Seattle City Light’s Ross, Diablo, and Gorge dams), the river and surrounding area have remained so pristine that they are part of the Ross Lake National Recreation Area attached to North Cascades National Park.
Paddling Washington: Routes in Washington State & the Inland Northwest

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Paddling Washington: Routes in Washington State & the Inland Northwest

by Verne Huser, Rich Landers, Dan Hansen, and Doug North (The Mountaineers Books)

The Skagit River area is full of wonders. Paddle the river in early fall, and you’ll see salmon spawning. Paddle it during the winter months, and you’ll often be treated to the sight of bald eagles feeding on the spawned salmon. The Skagit takes its name from the local Indian tribe, which made extensive use of the river.

Although the Skagit is dam-controlled (by Seattle City Light’s Ross, Diablo, and Gorge dams), the river and surrounding area have remained so pristine that they are part of the Ross Lake National Recreation Area attached to North Cascades National Park.

©  Verne Huser, Rich Landers, Dan Hansen, and Doug North/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Newhalem
Distance: 9
Duration: 2 to 3 hours
Class: Class III
Season: Best: Year round, best August to October
Local Contacts: North Cascades National Park at Marblemount
Local Maps: USGS Mount Triumph, Big Devil Peak, Marblemount
Driving Directions: Directions to Skagit River

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