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  Quote The NZA Replybullet Topic: Wood on the Suiattle
    Posted: 15 Jul 2013 at 11:48am
What's the wood situation on the Suiattle recently?Anyone run the part above the washout in the last few months?
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  Quote commander fun Replybullet Posted: 15 Jul 2013 at 12:49pm
A group of us ran it in April from rat trap bridge to some public takeout on the main road. Can't remember the name. Anyways there was a lot of wood but no portages. Lots of strainers though. A couple of places demanded full attention. Things have probably changed since then. Also it was a really long run. 12 miles I think.
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  Quote BRoss Replybullet Posted: 15 Jul 2013 at 2:04pm
Sarah and I backpacked up to Downey creek recently. There was a riverwide log several miles up from the washout. Since that was in one of the few places where the river was visible, I would imagine that there are more issues than what we could see.
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  Quote jlyons Replybullet Posted: 15 Jul 2013 at 10:34pm
We did it in a raft and kayak from Rat Trap down to the confluence this last Sunday. The only channel-wide log is in the river right channel about 100 yds below the put-in - it is the main current-carrying channel you think you want to take. You can bounce down the river left channel, or there is a small eddy or two in the right hand channel that a single kayak can catch to portage the log. There are lots of logjams in the rest of the run, but none approached blocking the river.
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  Quote The NZA Replybullet Posted: 16 Jul 2013 at 12:24pm
Great thanks for all the beta! I am thinking of taking the Alpacka above Rat Trap, so lots of portages are not as much an issue in a 5 lb boat.
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  Quote SPerillo Replybullet Posted: 17 Jul 2013 at 8:26pm
Let me know how far up you get. I have a Packraft too and always curious about the upper Suiattle
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  Quote Dirty Replybullet Posted: 19 Jul 2013 at 1:57pm
Would anyone like to run the Suiattle tomorrow (Saturday) from Rat Trap down? I haven't done it before, but it sounds worthwhile, at least for the scenery.

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  Quote stacksondeck Replybullet Posted: 19 Jul 2013 at 2:51pm
Aaron,

Im new to this website and this river but and I'd be down to run the Suiattle tomorrow. Sounds like an easy enough run. I'm living in Bellingham now but I've been paddling on the Ark in CO past couple summers. Name is Nick, # is 3607398679 give me a text maybe... Where you coming from?

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  Quote commander fun Replybullet Posted: 19 Jul 2013 at 3:03pm
theres a group meeting  saturday at 1030 at the darrington IGA.  were either going to run the sauk or the suiattle.  i would rather run the sauk.
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  Quote Dirty Replybullet Posted: 19 Jul 2013 at 4:53pm
Commander fun,
I'm going to meet Nick for a run on the Suiattle at 10am. Maybe we will see up there. Otherwise have fun on the Sauk.

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  Quote The NZA Replybullet Posted: 19 Jul 2013 at 5:08pm
I can't make it but sounds like a fun time will be had! I may be heading there Sunday, however, likely just for the bridge and down run.
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  Quote commander fun Replybullet Posted: 22 Jul 2013 at 10:22am
ALERT: as of 7/21/13 there is a river wide log just below rat trap bridge.  we eddied out on river left and walked around it.  approach with caution.
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