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Skokomish, S. Fork    Browns Creek to Vance Creek (Gorge Run)™ ©
Class IV-V

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Put In Longitude : -123.31120 Putin
Put In Latitude : 47.4030647
Take Out Longitude : -123.25241 Take Out
Take Out Latitude : 47.3160477
County : Mason Shuttle
   Gauge Information (Professor Paddle updated levels from SOUTH FORK SKOKOMISH RIVER NE at 12/2/2021 4:41:01 PM)
Gauge Forecast Height Current Flow Authority Physical Update
SOUTH FORK SKOKOMISH RIVER NE NWRFC | FC Page 1.83  1160 cfs  USGS - NWIS 12-02-2021 15:45:00
Minimum Recomended Level:  650 cfs     Maximum Recomended Level:  1600 cfs 


National forest at the get-in.

  Putin Details

From the Take out continue another 1.2 miles to a turnoff up the hill to the right on FR 23 (toward Brown Creek Campground). Follow this road 8.9 miles to spur road 220 that winds down to the river at the Oxbow Area. You have to hike about 1/2 mile to get to the river which is flat at this point.

  Takeout Details

The take out is roadside along the Skokomish Valley Road. To get there take Highway 101 to mile 339.5 turn west on to Skokomish Valley Road. Follow this road 4.5 miles to a pullout along the river just before the Vance Creek Bridge.

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 Small piece of wood blocking the right side of the center channel at Big Momma, far right sneak still clear. No other wood to mention. "Landslide Portage" was good to go on the right at 700 cfs - Posted by: kevinh on 3/20/2014 11:44:00 PM -  [Remove Alert]

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Features on this run

Feature Name Class
Big Momma Jomba IV
Entrance Rapid IV-V
High Steel Falls IV-V
Bobbing for Butler V
Landslide Portage VI
Mr. Toads Wild Ride IV-V
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  Other Issues

Wood potential in most rapids

  Fun Facts

As you are driving the shuttle you can take a right on a road to view High Steel Falls Bridge. It is a very dramatic view from above.
For Catboats, this run makes the Cascade seem like childsplay.

   Run Description [Season: Rain]

OP gem that sees only a fraction of attention it deserves for being such an awesome long run so close to seattle. This run will offer up both challenging rapids and killer scenery for those willing to put up with little bit of flat water.

The run starts out with a 1-2 mile flat water paddle through breathtaking National Forest land.

The first gorge is the easiest of the two gorges on the run and starts with a straight forward class IV rapid. After a few more class III+ rapids you come to Big Momma Jomba.

After this rapid the gorge quickly opens up and you have to paddle another mile of flatwater before reaching the second gorge.

The second Gorge starts off with a solid class IV+ rapid with a sneak peak eddy on the left. The river splits around a huge rock in the middle, you can run right or left but wood can be an issue here. Be careful going left at higher flows, as a nasty terminal ledge hole forms and peeps have been served. Be careful going left at lower flows too because its a tight fit between some shallow rocks below.

From this rapid you will have a few more 3-4 foot class IV ledges that are spaced out and fun before reaching High Steel Falls and Bobbing for Butler, see feature descriptions.

After Bobbing for Butler you will have a straight stretch in the river and then very next rapid is a V drop that used to be filled with wood. This rapid may be portaged on the left.

A few more miles of Class III and some great views brings you to Mr. Toads Wild Ride. This rapid is basically the last drop on the run and after this you can look forward to a 3 mile paddle out.


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kevinh's 3/20/2014 Run Submissionkevinh3/20/2014 11:48:00 PM
wday's 11/13/2012 Run Submissionwday11/13/2012 9:34:00 PM
chipmaney's 10/30/2012 Run Submissionchipmaney10/30/2012 7:26:00 PM
franzhorner's 1/8/2009 Run Submissionfranzhorner1/8/2009 12:33:00 PM
James's 4/9/2007 Run SubmissionJames4/9/2007 8:26:00 PM

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