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.
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.
An alternate access point downstream river left of the Highway 530 Bridge that has been developed as a formal Forest Service river access.
The flow at the put in will be approximately one half of the flow reported by the Sauk at Sauk, Washington gage.
9 years ago
by David Elliott
A review of strengths, weakeness, opportunities, and threats to enhancing river access.
Excerpts from the River Management Plan Covering Recreation
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Sauk River with Whitehorse backdrop
White Creek Water Access
Steps at White Creek Water Access
Lower Sauk Boat Launch
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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.
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.
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