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Skagit    3. Marblemount to Rockport™ ©
Class I(II-)

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Put In Longitude : -121.42847 Putin
Put In Latitude : 48.526581
Take Out Longitude : -121.59525 Take Out
Take Out Latitude : 48.484527
County : Whatcom Shuttle
   Gauge Information (Professor Paddle updated levels from SKAGIT RIVER AT MARBLEMOUNT, at 4/19/2024 12:39:06 PM)
Gauge Forecast Height Current Flow Authority Physical Update
SKAGIT RIVER AT MARBLEMOUNT, NWRFC | FC Page 3.68  4070   USGS - NWIS 04-19-2024 12:30:00
Minimum Recomended Level:  1500      Maximum Recomended Level:  15000  


Easy access from Highway 20

  Putin Details

At Marblemount, turn onto Cascade River road, immediately crossing the Skagit River. On river left downstream side of this bridge is a well developed put-in.

  Takeout Details

Rockport. Take out at Howard Miller Steelhead Park near the intersection of Hwy 20 and Hwy 530. Bring some cash. There is a $5 boat ramp fee here.

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Features on this run

Feature Name Class
Cedar Groove Wave
Cedar Groove Wave III
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  Other Issues

Camping and cabins for rent available at the takeout.
Howard Miller Steelheader Park

  Fun Facts

Features the largest winter population of bald eagles in the contiguous 48 states.

   Run Description [Season: Year Round]

This isn't really a whitewater run... This section is best known as the eagle run, as it is most often boated in winter for viewing the winter migration of bald eagles that come here to chow down on the Skagit's winter salmon run. It also can be used as a backup run if you come to run the upper "s-bends" section and find it a bit too high.

It's also a nice easy float to take beginners on and plenty deep for working on that roll. The 'rapids' are generally just small riffles over wide gravel bars and a couple headwalls with some swirly spots. There are sometimes some wood hazards to be aware of and there is a large man-made logjam made with concrete "logs" that you can see on the shuttle. These hazards are generally easily spotted and missed, but be aware.

One of the best things about this run is due to the dams upstream, it's never too low. About 2000 cfs is as low as you'll find it in late summer, which is slow but totally runnable. It can be run quite high as well although above 10,000 cfs or so the currents and eddylines get quite powerful and beginner kayakers/canoe paddlers who don't have a roll yet would be best served sticking to lower levels.

When combined with the upper or lower portions this section of river offers a nice overnight opportunity for late summer fun. Be sure to check maps to ensure you are not camping on private land as this river winds through mixed ownership.


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