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Pilchuck River    2-Machias to Snohomish™ ©
Class II
Play Rating (1-10): 2
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Zip Code : 98290 General Area
Put In Longitude : -122.03807 Putin
Put In Latitude : 47.9870856
Take Out Longitude : -122.07670 Take Out
Take Out Latitude : 47.9427466
County : Snohomish Shuttle
   Gauge Information (Professor Paddle updated levels from PILCHUCK RIVER NEAR SNOHOMISH at 5/27/2020 7:12:27 AM)
Gauge Forecast Height Current Flow Authority Physical Update
PILCHUCK RIVER NEAR SNOHOMISH n/a 11.05  464   USGS - NWIS 05-27-2020 06:45:00
Minimum Recomended Level:  300      Maximum Recomended Level:  900  


Easy access from S. Machias Road. Several alternate access spots available.

  Putin Details

Near the town of Machias turn off S. Machias Road onto OK Mill Road. The put-in is in 100 yards at the bridge. Access and parking on the river left side.
Alternately, continue .2 miles and turn left on 147th/Russel Road. Continue approx .6 miles to a turnout next to the river. There is usually wood just upstream of this spot, so don't continue on to the bridge. This provides about 1 more mile of river.

  Takeout Details

Return to S. Machias Road and head south. Continue to the Pilchuck Centennial Trail parking lot, just past the HWY 2 overpass. Check the river access here, there is a short steep trail down to the river near the parking lot, or a bit easier takeout just under the HWY 2 bridge with a short walk down the Centennial Trail to the parking lot.

For a shorter run, there is easy access off Dubuque Road at the bridge.

Alternatively you can paddle all the way down to the Snohomish and takeout at the boat ramp there.

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  Other Issues

Wood: Most of this section is usually fairly clean of wood. One notable exception is a broad section just upstream of Dubuque Road. There is nearly always wood here and it can be riverwide. It's advisable to take a peek at this section during the shuttle. Just turn onto Dubuque Road and take a look from the bridge.

  Fun Facts

On warm sunny days you may be sharing the river with swimmers and tubers.

   Run Description [Season: Rainy]

An easy but fun training run though forests, farms and suburban neighborhoods. The run is low gradient but still moves along nicely and has several interesting features: medium sized boulders and eddies perfect for beginners to learn the skills on.

Just keep an eye out for wood. Wood becomes much more common in the river upstream from this section. Keep that in mind if you plan on extending this run.

Also, with the Centennial Trail next to much of this run, bike shuttles are possible.


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