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Sultan River (WA) Release April 23rd!

Posted: 04/08/2016
by Megan Hooker

Snohomish PUD has announced a scheduled whitewater recreational opportunity on the Upper Sultan River on Saturday, April 23rd. Flows are anticipated to be set at 700 cfs below Culmback Dam and will begin at 10:00 a.m. Flows will begin ramping down at 1:00 p.m. In addition to providing a whitewater boating opportunity, these flows will benefit the overall health of the river. 
 
This Class IV gorge is a great piece of whitewater in a spectacular setting. Scheduled flows that provide boating opportunities are provided in April and September. The gorge is extremely remote with limited access and wood hazards are present. The run is still relatively new, and we recommend that boaters who are new to it have solid Class IV creeking skills and seek first-hand reports of the run. 
 
To take advantage of this opportunity, paddlers will need to sign up in advance with Snohomish PUD and complete a release form. You can do both on their whitewater recreation web page, which also provides video clips of the various river reaches.
 
American Whitewater has worked for years to restore flows to the Sultan River. For more information on this history, check out our announcement about the releases from last April.
 
Be safe out there, and have fun! 
 
Camping Opportunity
 
The Sky Valley Fraternal Order of Eagles Club F.O.E 4149 would like to extend an invitation to the boaters for the April 23rd Sultan River release the opportunity to camp on the field behind our club at no charge. Located in the city of Sultan we are just minutes away from the put in and take out of the Sultan River. There is plenty of room for you to pitch a tent, relax and socialize the evening before and after the release. It’s also a great location if you want to go boating again in the valley on Sunday. The backyard has outhouses, a fire pit and access to the clubs bar with adult beverages for those that are over 21. The kitchen serves the usual good ‘ol bar food and really decent breakfast on Saturday and Sunday mornings from 9:00 am to noon.  If you would like to accept the invitation please just come in and ask the bartender to “sign you in” as part of the Sultan River release.  All we ask in return is to clean up after yourself and respect your neighbors.
 
Location:
 
The Sky Valley Eagles 
1112 E Main Street
Sultan WA 98294
360-793-4149 
Bar Manager is Natasha Freidt 
 
We are located on the south side of Highway 2 just before the Wagley creek bridge down the little gravel road between the Park and Ride and Wagley Creek Automotive. Cross the creek and we are just to the left. We are in the big green building with a flag pole out front.  

 


Associated Projects

Sultan River (WA)
AW is working to improve flows and public access for the benefit of fish, wildlife, and paddlers as part of hydropower relicensing on this river.