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Difficulty II
Length 9.1 Miles
Gauge SF STILLAGUAMISH RIVER NEAR GRANITE FALLS, WA
Flow Range 4.50 - 7.00 FT
Flow Rate as of: 9 hours ago 4.25 [FT]
Reach Info Last Updated 05/15/2006 10:54 pm

River Description


The upper put-in, at the base of Granite Falls, is a bit of a hike with equipment, but at least it's down hill. The lower put-in is on river right above the bridge on Jordan Rd just outside of Granite Falls - go past the bridge and take the first right, which will take you to a parking area next to the river. The takeout at the Jordan Bridge is on river left, but the parking area on Jordan Rd is on river right, so you take out by walking over the bridge. There appears to be parking on the other side of the bridge, but it's an extra few miles of neighborhood driving to get to that side of the river, so it's probably not worth the hassle.

The run itself is pleasant. None of the rapids are harder than class II and most are short. There are lots of houses along the river, but many are hidden by the trees, and long sections of the river are very serene and beautiful. There are also many interesting rock walls with waterfalls.

One unique feature of this river is around 3 miles into the run on river left. You will notice some chrome on the sheer wall just above the water. If you look closely, you will see the bottoms of 20 or so old cars jammed into the bank. This appears to be pretty old.

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Thomas Matlack
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3 years ago

I live nearby and this is my home stretch of river. All clear except for last braid before Swinging Bridge take out where strainers mostly block river right and river left channel. Experts probably ok; not beginners or inner tubers. Better to bump down or wade shallow middle channel. Two of my friends live above the big clay cliffs of Trangen Meander sloughs 20-30 minutes above take out. No Bueno. One family had to move their nice log home 200 back from edge. Inner tubes run as low 4 or so on the gauge...I stay off above 7 feet or so cuz play spots washout, but it is runnable. Tom Spring 2016

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Michael Zlatkovsky
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5 years ago

We floated the river in two Alpaca packrafts a couple of weeks ago, on April 6, 2014. Water level was 6.7 when we started, and dropped to 6.3 by the time we got back to the car. We left a bicycle at the take-out, then returned to the put-in. Because we got a late start, we decided to cut a large chunk out of the bike-ride -- and instead of putting in at the base of Granite Falls waterfall, but at the closer bridge (on intersection of Jordan Rd & 192nd Dr NE, a miles or so downstream). It made the floating a mile or so shorter, but cut down probably 4-5 miles of extra biking on a circuitous path back to Granite Falls. It was a pleasant and easy trip (and quite scenic for a good half of it, away from houses). It was quite placid (at least when we went): I think even an absolute beginner would have done fine with us that day. *********** NOTE for those who do want to do the full route: it may sound obvious, but the loud rumbling sound you hear from the "official" put-in bridge is, in fact, the Granite Falls waterfall that presumably gives the town its name. So instead of considering putting in right at the bridge (which would be difficult to get to anyway, the river there runs a good 100+ ft below the bridge) -- walk to the downstream side of the bridge and follow a nice wide path for 5-10 minutes to get clear below the falls. Though we ended doing the "abridged" route, we did take a look at the official put-in -- and were rather aghast that we had considered putting in at the bridge, seeing the killer waterfall that we would have ended up in 5 minutes later. So, if it sounds like a waterfall, rumbles like a waterfall, and is in a place that is known for a waterfall -- it might just be a waterfall :-)

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KENNETH DUEX
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9 years ago

My wife and I rafted from the lower put-in to Jordan Bridge on 2010-01-02 with the river between 7.92 and 7.88 during that time. We were in Alpacka rafts, a Yak and a Llama. We put-in with three others, two had canoes and the third a kayak. The three others with much more experience than my wife and I thought this section to be more fun at lower levels with more features to practice/play with. We all had a good time and it definitely beat sitting at home.

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KENNETH DUEX
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9 years ago

My wife & I rafted this today in our Alpacka rafts. It was running between 6.3 and 6.15 during our jaunt. Good time for us and no hazards that couldn't easily be avoided with attention downstream. We enjoyed 2 nice large waterfalls river left and saw about ten herons, a couple bald eagles and a few friendly local folks on the river banks. A sweet day indeed. Ciao!

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11 years ago

2008-07--24 WARNING. There is a sweeper just before the pull-out at Jordan bridge. A gravel bank on river left forces you to river right where there is a tree trunk sticking out over the river. The trunk (or branch) is stripped of bark, about 6 inches in diameter, and about 15 inches above the water. The current is very fast and will try to pull you under the sweeper. In our party of four, three of us, all in inflatable kayaks, got caught by the sweeper and capsized. Our fourth person, in a small hard-shell kayak made it through. Plan to hug the gravel bank, or walk around this section. And always wear a life jacket, no matter how tame the river seems!

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David Elliott
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15 years ago

Some notes on this run:

The minimum level for this run is around 4.5 feet, but you probably want 5 feet or more to make it at all interesting. There are a few braided channels that can be shallow at lower levels.

The upper put-in is a bit of a hike with equipment, but at least it's down hill. The lower put-in is on river right above the bridge - go past the bridge and take the first right, which will take you to a parking area next to the river. The takeout at the Jordan Bridge is on river left, but the parking area on Jordan Rd is on river right, so you take out by walking over the bridge. There appears to be parking on the other side of the bridge, but it's an extra few miles of neighborhood driving to get to that side of the river, so it's probably not worth the hassle.

The run itself is pleasant. None of the rapids are harder than class II and most are short. There are lots of houses along the river, but many are hidden by the trees, and long sections of the river are very serene and beautiful. There are also many interesting rock walls with waterfalls.

One unique feature of this river is around 3 miles into the run on river left. You will notice some chrome on the sheer wall just above the water. If you look closely, you will see the bottoms of 20 or so old cars jammed into the bank. This appears to be pretty old.

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