Sullivan - 2. N. Fork Sullivan to Hwy 31 (Gorge)

Sullivan, Washington, US


2. N. Fork Sullivan to Hwy 31 (Gorge)

Usual Difficulty V (for normal flows)
Length 1.7 Miles
Avg. Gradient 194 fpm

James Cleans "The Tooth"

James Cleans "The Tooth"
Photo of James P Black by Steve Merrick taken 09/15/02 @ Low

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
Sullivan Creek
virtual-72828 150 - 350 cfs V 01h30m ~ 88.41 cfs (too low)

River Description

Sullivan Creek is a Class V blue water stream flowing from the corner of WA, ID, and BC.  Sullivan is shrouded in cedars and tucked in an imposing dark gorge, and the watershed supports rare animals like mountain caribou, grizzly bears, lynx, bull trout, mountain whitefish, and genetically pure redband trout.  Think of it as a little piece of British Columbia dipping down into Eastern Washington.

Check out a video of a fall descent of the Sullivan Creek Gorge, with a bit of information on our work in the watershed.  

Sullivan Lake is drawn down each fall resulting in ideal boating conditions starting sometime in early to mid September, continuing 24/7 through October, and often extending into November.  American Whitewater negotiated enhancements to the historical drawdown releases including starting a month earlier, targeting 3 weekends for optimal boating flows, and the installation of new online stream gages.   

StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2015-09-08 17:03:20

Rapid Descriptions

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User Comments

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December 12 2005 (4600 days ago)
Steve MerrickDetails
This is a great Class IV-V run only 100 miles from Spokane. It can be run almost year round and is
runnable when most everything else in the area is dry. Most of the major obstacles have been
cleared, but scouting is highly advised, as the Gorge is truly Class V and consequences of a missed
line can be severe. There is a good scouting/portage trail along the left side of the gorge.
November 22 2004 (4985 days ago)
Mark JohnsonDetails
This section has been destroyed by floods. Rocks have been re-arranged making many drops
unrunnable. Not worth the effort.

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Associated Projects

  • Sullivan Creek (WA)
    Two dams in the Sullivan Creek watershed no longer generate power. One was removed in 2017 as the result of a 2010 Settlement Agreement.