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Main Skykomish Whitewater Kayaking Trip on the Skykomish River

Boulder Drop Rapid at 5000 cfs
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Main Skykomish Info
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Put In:  Index
Take Out:  Gold Bar
Gradient:  40 ft/mi
Run Length:  6.5 miles
Current Streamflow:  83 cfs @ 12/14/2016 11:00 AM - SKYKOMISH RIVER NEAR GOLD BAR, WA, reading taken from USGS
Flow Information (phone):  206-526-8530. Skykomish near Gold Bar.
Good Level:  1,800 - 6,000 cfs
Season Comments:  January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, October, November, December
Permit:  None required.
Hazards:  High water, Boulder Drop, possible log hazards.
Water Craft:  kayak,wwcan,raft
Land Ownership:  Mostly private.
Wilderness:  No
Camping on River:  US Forest Service campgrounds near US 2 above Index.
Location:  In the Pacific Region (WA), 53 miles East of Seattle
Shuttle Logistics:  Take Out: From the town of Gold Bar, follow US 2 east for about 2 miles to the bridge over the Skykomish. Just east of the bridge, turn south onto a dirt road leading to Big Eddy access.

Put In: From the take-out, drive east on US 2 for a little under 5 miles and turn right onto Mt. Index Road just before US 2 crosses the Skykomish again. Proceed about a half a mile to the parking area and then hike down the trail to the put-in.

Towns near Main Skykomish Kayaking

Cashmere Washington
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