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Middle Sauk Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing Trip on the Sauk River


Middle Sauk Info
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Put In:  White Chuck River
Take Out:  Darrington
Difficulty:  Class III + , Class IV -
Gradient:  40 ft/mi
Run Length:  10.5 miles
Current Streamflow:  213 cfs @ 12/14/2016 10:45 AM - SAUK RIVER NEAR SAUK, WA, reading taken from USGS
Flow Information (phone):  206-526-8530
Good Level:  1,000 - 4,500 cfs (about 2,000 - 9,000 cfs at Sauk
Streamflow Comments:  (about 50% of the flow at Sauk)
Season Comments:  January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, November, December
Permit:  Self registration at the put-in.
Character/Similar To:  Big water rapids through a wide, forested valley with beautiful mountain vistas.
Hazards:  Log hazards, flow fluctuations.
Water Craft:  kayak,wwcan,raft
Land Ownership:  National Forest, last 3 miles are private.
Wilderness:  No
Camping on River:  US Forest Service campgrounds along the river.
Location:  In the Pacific Region (WA), 85 miles Northeast of Seattle
Shuttle Logistics:  Take Out: Take Washington Highway 530 to the town of Darrington. About 1/3 of a mile east of the Darrington Ranger Station, where Sauk Prairie Road crosses the river, is Darrington Bridge. The take-out is on the left bank at the bridge.

Put In: From the town of Darrington drive upstream on Mountain Loop Road (USFS 20). Continue for about 8 miles to the bridge crossing the Sauk. Turn left about 200 yards past the bridge onto USFS Road 22. Follow this road to the put-in on the right bank just below the confluence with the White Chuck.




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