SEASON: Winter rains through spring snow melt (typically October to July).
FUN FACT: Popular beginner training stretch used extensively by whitewater classes.
LOGISTICS: To get to the put-in take exit 32 off I-90 and go north for 0.6 miles. At the T
junction turn right onto North Bend Way and go 0.7 miles. At this point, past the spot where the river
runs near the road, turn left onto SE Tanner Road. Take this road down 0.5 miles to a gravel pullout on
the right hand side. Powerlines crossing the road and leading down to the river mark the access coridor
to the river which is along a King County right-of-way. There is a gate across this dirt access road that
runs along the powerlines to the river (about a 50 yard hike). To reach the take-out, head downstream
along North Bend Way into the town of North Bend. Turn north on Ballarat Ave. (one block east of the
main intersection in town). Continue 0.2 miles and then turn right on Sixth St. Follow this road 0.8
miles to the dead end at the river (you will pass Ej Roberts Park) . Hike downstream along the dike
about 100 yards to the the Blue Hole access. This is also a popular swimming hole during the summer.
Another alternative access is downstream at the 428th St. Bridge across the Middle Fork. This access is
2.0 miles from the turnoff onto Ballarat Ave. Just follow Ballarat Ave. which will bend to the right and
become SE 108th St. and bend to the left where it becomes 428th. St. Access at the old timber bridge
(Norman Bridge) is not great but there is decent parking and a couple places you can scramble up the
bank and under the old bridge which is on the upstream side of the new bridge. An additional access
point is another couple miles downstream on river right and is just upstream of the Snoqualmie Valley
Trail bridge (the Meadowbrook railroad bridge) at a beach just across from the junction of Reinig Road
and 396th Dr. SE.
The Club Stretch is an easy class II run with a couple of class II+ rapids. It can be
comfortably run as low as 800cfs in kayaks, and can run well into July. The scenery in this section varies
between houses and forests. Don't be timid with any of the wavetrains. There are always recovery pools
Most of the best whitewater action is in the first mile and there are four good class II
gravel bar rapids between the put-in and the Mt. Si Road bridge. This first section is a popular training
run often used for instructional programs. Continuing downstream the next signifcant rapid is at Blue
Hole which is a headwall drop that has good strong eddylines to practice on.
Many take out at the Blue Hole access. After that, the whitewater tapers off, but the
scenery becomes more forested. Those who are out for a day of cruising on the river continue
A lot of the run is along the base of Mt. Si, and there are several nice views of the
mountain, especially near the end. If you continue past the 428th St. Bridge, the river enters King
County's Three Forks Natural Area and a
paddling trip offers one of the best ways to see this river landscape which includes the confluence with
the North Fork and then the South Fork. Be aware of wood hazards. The best public beach access
serving as a take-out for this section is just upstream of the Snoqualmie Valley Trail crossing at
Meadowbrook Bridge. Between this point and Snoqualmie Falls, the river flows through mostly private
land with lots of rip rap making access difficult.
with contributions by David Elliott
We ran from Tanner down to Snoqualmie and took out at the trail bridge crossing for an easy bike shuttle back to Tanner. Some wood in play but all clean through Three Forks Natural Area that provided great views of Mt. Si.
As of 4/18/2012, this run is clean all the way to the Blueberry Farm takeout (428th Ave). The rapid below the Blue Hole area is clean and open, as is the rapid below that.
9 years ago
by Thomas O'Keefe
Letter from King County documenting public access to the river off Tanner Road.
Concept plan identifying river access issues, needs, and recommendations for improvements to ensure the public has dedicated access to the Middle Fork of the Snoqualmie River in Washington.
Best at levels above 1000 cfs although you can
still get down with a bit less water. Above 2500
cfs some of the features start to wash out a bit.
Permits are not required for this reach.
We have no additional detail on this route.
Use the map below to calculate how
to arrive to the main town from your zipcode.
Take-out in Snoqualmie
Playing on the Eddy Lines at Blue Hole
Rapid Leading Into Blue Hole
Potential Tanner Access
Paddling Past Little Si
Blue Hole Access
Norman Bridge Access
Above the takeout
Mt. Si from M.F. Snoqualmie
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