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Difficulty II
Length 14.6 Miles
Flow Range 4000 - 30000 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 1 day ago 2450 [CFS] ℹ️
Reach Info Last Updated 08/08/2014 7:10 am

River Description

This is a great scenic trip and on a clear day you will be treated to great views of Whitehorse Mountain. Log jams can be a significant hazard for beginning boaters particularly in the first part of the run so approach with caution.

The run is generally class I and II through a braided channels with rapids that are formed by numerous gravel bars.

The full run is from Darrington down to Sauk River Park but a good intermediate access point is available at the Highway 530 bridge across the river. For a longer run, you can continue on down to the Skagit River.

Rapid Descriptions

White Creek Water Access

Class - N/A Mile - 0

An alternate take-out access at the White Creek confluence at Highway 530 mile 60.7 just upstream of the Concrete-Sauk Valley Road Bridge.

Lower Sauk Boat Launch

Class - N/A Mile - 0

An alternate access point downstream river left of the Highway 530 Bridge that has been developed as a formal Forest Service river access.


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Paul Martzen
1 year ago

The flow at the put in will be approximately one half of the flow reported by the Sauk at Sauk, Washington gage.

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Shining a Spotlight on Darrington’s Iconic Recreation Destinations

Thomas O'Keefe

American Whitewater joins a coalition in unveiling a new "Destination Darrington" map as Highway 530 opens to all traffic this weekend restoring access to recreational opportunities along the Sauk and Suiattle Rivers.The colorful brochure map spotlights recreational opportunities around Darrington and local businesses.

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New Boater Access for the Sauk River (WA)

Thomas O'Keefe

The Forest Service recently completed work on a new access point on the lower Sauk River. This is part of a series of proposed projects of interest to boaters, made possible as part of the hydro reliensing agreement for the City of Seattle's hydropower dams on the Skagit River system.


Thomas O'Keefe


Revision #Revision DateAuthorComment
1203581 07/27/14 Thomas O'Keefe access points added
1203600 08/08/14 Thomas O'Keefe minor edits
1191995 05/01/09 Thomas O'Keefe n/a