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Sullivan    2. N. Fork Sullivan to Hwy 31 (Gorge)™ ©
Class V
Avg Gradient 180 fpm
Max Gradient 250 fpm

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Put In Longitude : -117.32835 Putin
Put In Latitude : 48.85952
Take Out Longitude : -117.36386 Take Out
Take Out Latitude : 48.8602943
County : Pend Oreille Shuttle

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Minimum Recomended Level:  150 cfs     Maximum Recomended Level:  600 cfs 

  Putin Details

2 Miles from the turn onto Sullivan Road turn right into a small campground that is on the creek. 200 - 300 meters below this campground is the first rapid on the run which has a scouting trail that runs along river right. The trail is about 1/2 mile long and offers multiple put in or early take outs if you don't like what your seeing.

  Takeout Details

Take out at the Sullivan -Oroville / Pend Oreille power station. It is run down and boarded up but just below the bridge you can access a nice little turn out with easy parking.

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 The ''large wood pile'' referenced in the run description has broken up and the logs are presently spread down stream. - Posted by: Meghan on 10/13/2008 8:48:00 AM -  [Remove Alert]

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  Fun Facts

Despite being a short run this creek offers a very short shuttle which would provide great lapping opportunities.

*** Also note that the last rapid is easily scoutable from the takeout. Simply walk around the gate at the powerhouse and walk up a small overgrown trail that goes through little fishing huts. About 300 meters above the power house is the last major rapid. This also allows you to view the wood hazard in the last rapid. ***

   Run Description

Sullivan Creek is a fun low volume run in the far northeast corner of Washington. Pick up your favorite WA atlas and turn to the last page, Thats where your going... the end of the Atlas.

Although this creek is located in a remote region the access and roads are in great condition and the shuttle distance is under 3 miles making this a great run to do laps on.

The creek starts out with a few smaller class 3 - 4 rapids before coming to a 4 tier ledge system in the class IV range. Along the river right is a great trail to access the rapids and upper gorged portions of the run. The larger class 4 rapid mentioned above is halfway through the first canyon and the most difficult rapid before the first wood portage.

About 1/4 mile after the scouting trail ends the river drops over two small ledges before disappearing into a large wood pile. Portage on River Left. Just below this wood portage is the beginning of the lower portion of the run and the beginning of the class IV-V.

The first rapid below the wood portage is a straight forward class IV-V rapid without any huge holes but it has great momentum and gradient. There are a few micro eddies on the left which you will want to catch before the river bends around the next corner and out of sight from the wood portage that you just finished. The ledge above this bend is critical to your next set of moves as it sets you up to enter another class IV-V rapid with a highly recommended portage at the bottom with small eddies in between. The best line is to stay left and eddy out in one of the eddies above the 8 foot slide with a log choked in it.

Below this rapid are 3 more small class III turns before you come to the final class IV-V rapid on the run.

The final rapid is a stout system of ledges with a nice lead in and fun exit. You begin by running left around the center rock and preparing your line over the first 2 small ledges for the boof off the main ledge. The preferred line is just right of the center of the ledge. With a nice soft landing your right into the last little slide system which kinda puts you where you want to be regardless of your line.

Below this final rapid is a fun little boof flake that you can catch some air on, another rapid and one more ledge.

The rapid below the boof flake has a large log in the bottom. BEWARE this is a nasty line and alot of boaters have pasted onto this wood.

The last ledge is all clean and goes anywhere. Pass the power house, under the bridge and your cars are on the left!


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