SEASON: Winter rains. Put in can be snowed in during the coldest months.
FUN FACT: Another alternative in the Sky drainage.
PUT-IN: Confluence with the Rapid. East of the town of Skykomish, take FR 65 north up the Beckler Valley (the turnoff is at mile 49.6 on Highway 2). The put-in is at FR 65 mile 6.9 where the Rapid flows into the Beckler. There is a bridge across the Rapid River here and space for parking.
TAKEOUT: Highway 2 bridge east of the town of Skykomish where the Beckler and Tye come together to form the South Fork Skykomish. This bridge (Highway 2 mile 49.8) is east of the turnoff for FR 65. You can find parking on the upstream river left side of the bridge. Alternatively you can shorten the run by taking out anywhere along FR 65 where the road meets the river.
SHUTTLE: 6.9 miles on FR 65 and 0.2 miles on Highway 2.
The Beckler River is somewhat of a mixed bag. There's not much of anything to keep experienced paddlers excited and there are plenty of places for beginners to get themselves into trouble. Most of the excitement is just below the put-in and at the FR 65 bridge. In between there are less demanding rapids.
As you're driving to the put-in, check out the rapids near the FR 65 bridge (FR 65 mile 1) as they will give you a good idea of the skills you will need for this run. Few of the rapids provide class III excitement although they often require class III skills to stay out of trouble.
If the quality of the whitewater is secondary and your main emphasis is to get out on a river you haven't seen before then the Beckler River valley is a neat place to visit. There are some good camping spots along the Beckler and Rapid Rivers. If you're looking for more of a challenge consider the Rapid River which joins the Beckler at the put-in.
There are also reports that this river can be fun when the Skykomish is in flood stage. Scout carefully and make your own judgement.
lat/long confirmed with GPS
for additional information see, Bennett, J. and T. Bennett. 1997. A guide to the whitewater rivers of Washington, second edition. Swiftwater Publishing. Portland, OR.
As of late June 2006, there are a few places where wood is an issue. We were able to deal with all of these situations without getting out of our boats, but things could change. These places were all in the middle of the run, where the river is heavily braided and has a lower gradient.
11 years ago
by Joe Sauve
Comments on the Environmental Assessment for the proposed Skykomish Geothermal Consent to Lease project
Scoping Comments on the proposed Skykomish Geothermal Consent to Lease project
Historically there was a gauge on the Beckler (stn. 12131000, 1930-1970). The virtual gauge for this run provides approximate flow based on the relative area of the basin and the Skykomish at Goldbar gauge downstream (the river is good between 5,000 and 12,000 on this gauge). The relationship used for the virtual gauge is of course dependent on snow level. When the freezing level is low the river will be flowing a bit lower than the value given and during peak snowmelt the river may be flowing higher. The Goldbar gauge is also available through the NOAA hotline 206-526-8530.
Permits are not required for this reach.
We have no additional detail on this route.
Use the map below to calculate how
to arrive to the main town from your zipcode.
on Beckler @Rapid River to S.Fork Skykomish
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American Whitewater recently joined several organizations with an interest in stewardship and conservation of the Skykomish River Valley in requesting that Longview Timber refrain from road building or logging on key parcels in the Skykomish River valley.
Last week President Bush signed a bill making Wild Sky the first new wilderness area in Washington State in more than a quarter century. The new wilderness includes the headwaters of several whitewater runs including the North Fork Skykomish, Silver Creek, Rapid, and Beckler.
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