Skykomish - 3 - Big Eddy to Monroe


Skykomish, Washington, US

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3 - Big Eddy to Monroe

Usual Difficulty I-II (for normal flows)
Length 16.2 Miles
Avg. Gradient 18 fpm

Lower Skykomish


Lower Skykomish
Photo of Alpine Adventures by Thomas O'Keefe В© taken 05/31/04 @ 10000 cfs

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
SKYKOMISH RIVER NEAR GOLD BAR, WA
usgs-12134500 1000 - 4000 cfs I-II 00h19m 1750 cfs (running)


River Description

ACCESS: The put-in is at the Big Eddy public access at Highway 2 mile 30.4, just east of the Highway 2 bridge across the river. This site has ample parking and a convenient boat ramp. It is co- managed by a couple of different agencies and there has been some question over the parking regulations given different fee systems the participating agencies have instituted.

DESCRIPTION: Starting from the Big Eddy access this is a beautiful section of river with minimal development. The river undergoes a distinct transition at Big Eddy and from this point on and cointinuing downstream the river takes on the characteristics of a large floodplain river. There are forested islands, gravel bars, and lots of salmon spawning habitat. Much of the riparian forest along this section has been protected through the efforts of Snohomish County, the Cascade Land Conservancy, and others.

Although there are few distinct rapids the current is swift and there are a couple of sections with waves and strong eddy lines. The river is popular with drift boat fishermen and experienced canoeists (this isn't a place to learn on your own).

Although you can paddle to Monroe or even continue on down the Snohomish all the way out to Puget Sound (be sure to check the tides), there is an option for a shorter trip down to the Sultan River confluence where a nice day-use park provides convenient river access.


StreamTeam Status: Verified
Last Updated: 2004-11-15 02:42:31

Rapid Descriptions

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Associated Projects

  • Skykomish Stewardship (WA)
    AW is actively engaged in the conservation of the Skykomish River and its tributaries and advocacy for public access.

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