Beginning high in the North Cascade Mountain Range, the Skagit Wild and Scenic River winds down steep slopes, through forested hillsides and wide, open valleys eventually reaching Puget Sound. The rivers of the Skagit System (Skagit, Sauk, Suiattle and Cascade) flow through rugged wilderness, forestlands, rural communities, farmlands and cities of the lower Skagit Valley.
This river system provides exceptional year-around paddling opportunities including sections of the Cascade that draw expert paddlers from across the country and sections of the Skagit that provide eagle viewing and a mellow float suitable for the whole family.
While much of the Skagit is protected, the popular whitewater reach from Goodell Creek to Copper Creek has not been designated as Wild and Scenic. Seattle City Light proposed inundating this section of the river for a hydropower project in the early 1980's. While this immediate threat has passed, the river still needs long term protection and we are working to achieve that goal through an effort to designate more rivers in the North Cascades under the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act.
Today, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar ensured the long-term protection of Thunder Creek, a tributary of the Skagit River, by administratively designating the river corridor as wilderness. Once threatened by hydropower, this spectacular whitewater resource is now protected as a free-flowing river.
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American Whitewater recognizes and supports the primary goals of this project.
Comment letter from American Whitewater, American Rivers and Washington Wilderness Coalition
Complete Appendix E of the Forest Plan that includes the Wild and Scenic River review.
This study report evaluates the eligibility and suitability of the Skagit River, from Gorge Dam to the Ross Lake National Recreation Area (NRA) boundary, and its tributaries for inclusion in the Wild and Scenic River (WSR) System.
AW's request for Wild and Scenic eligibility studies as part of the planning process for the Ross Lake GMP.
A memo on rivers in North Cascades National Park and their eligibility for Wild and Scenic designation.
Designation of Thunder Creek River corridor as wilderness to protect it from hydropower development.
Excerpts from the River Management Plan Covering Recreation
Letter expressing interest of American Whitewater in river access at the Darrington Mill River Access site at the Sauk Prairie Road Bridge.
Essay by AW founder Wolf Bauer on the importance of conserving wild rivers.
Sustainable Roads Analysis on Mt. Baker - Snoqualmie NF (WA)
August 23, 2013
Thunder Creek Receives Wilderness Protection (WA)
September 14, 2012
Skagit River, WA - TAKE ACTION
September 29, 2010
AW Comments on Puget Sound Partnership Draft Agenda
November 19, 2008
Skagit Wild and Scenic Scoping
November 19, 2008
Action Alert: Protect a Free-Flowing Skagit River
September 25, 2008
New Gauge for the Cascade (WA)
July 12, 2006
Skagit River Clean-Up 2008
February 25, 2008
Cascade River (WA) Bridge Debris Removal Update
December 24, 2003
New Boater Access for the Sauk River (WA)
August 13, 2002
Planning begins for new Sauk River (WA) put-in
July 8, 2004