Sauk - 3 - Darrington to Sauk River Park

Sauk, Washington, US


3 - Darrington to Sauk River Park

Usual Difficulty II (varies with level)
Length 14.6 Miles
Avg. Gradient 13 fpm
Max Gradient 13 fpm


Photo of Eric and Roj by Joyce

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
usgs-12189500 4000 - 30000 cfs II 01h12m 5010 cfs (running)
Too low for larger rafts, but ok for kayaks and small rafts that can maneuver through exposed rocks.

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.

StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2014-08-08 07:10:35

Rapid Summary

Mile Rapid Name Class Features (Legend)
0.0White Creek Water AccessN/AAccess Photo
0.0Lower Sauk Boat LaunchN/AAccess Photo

Rapid Descriptions

White Creek Water Access (Class N/A)

White Creek Water Access

White Creek Water Access
Photo by Thomas O'Keefe © taken 08/07/14 @ 3000 cfs

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)

Lower Sauk Boat Launch

Lower Sauk Boat Launch
Photo by Thomas O'Keefe taken 01/23/04

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

User Comments

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May 30 2018 (46 days ago)
Paul MartzenDetails
The flow at the put in will be approximately one half of the flow reported by the Sauk at Sauk,
Washington gage.
May 31 2010 (2967 days ago)
David ElliottDetails
There are two dangerous spots on this run where you may be forced into logs. Both are within the
first mile below the mill. Take it slow through this section. Below this, the river seems to be
repairing itself and deepening channels.

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