Deer Creek - Bridge at Rick Creek to mouth (town of Oso)


Deer Creek, Washington, US

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Bridge at Rick Creek to mouth (town of Oso)

Usual Difficulty IV-V+ (for normal flows)
Length 11 Miles

Deer Creek


Deer Creek
Photo of Gabe @ hi

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
NF STILLAGUAMISH RIVER NEAR OSO, WA
usgs-12166300 217.25 - 220.00 ft IV-V+ 00h48m 214.07 ft (too low)


River Description

There are around ten standout drops, all in a continuous section of stacked rapids. Compared to nearby Robe Canyon, the in-between rapids are more complex and interesting. High water could be more consequential than high water Robe, because Deer Creek is overall more continuous. At medium flows the eddies are catchable and the big rapids can be scouted without undue difficulty. Access (which may be complicated in June 2011 by a locked gate 2.5 miles from putin) is good and the hike down to the river is short but steep. While I might judge Robe as higher quality not least because of it’s more frequent flows and closer proximity, Deer Creek is a run that should not be overlooked. When Robe Canyon is above 6.5, Deer Creek is likely to be in. It's a prime candidate when others local runs are too high.


StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2011-03-02 05:24:57

Rapid Descriptions

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