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Skykomish    2 - Railroad Bridge to Big Eddy™ ©
Class II
2.5Miles
Play Rating (1-10): 2
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Put In Longitude : -121.61569 Putin
Put In Latitude : 47.8291016
Take Out Longitude : -121.65976 Take Out
Take Out Latitude : 47.8366051
County : Snohomish Shuttle
   Gauge Information (Professor Paddle updated levels from SKYKOMISH RIVER NEAR GOLD BAR at 3/28/2017 1:58:07 PM)
Gauge Forecast Height Current Flow Authority Physical Update
SKYKOMISH RIVER NEAR GOLD BAR NWRFC | FC Page 8.27  6110 cfs  USGS - NWIS 3/28/2017 1:30:00 PM
Minimum Recomended Level:  1300 cfs     Maximum Recomended Level:  15000 cfs 

  Putin Details

Drive to Railroad Bridge(pull out is 2 miles from Big Eddy on Left)on Hwy 2. Park in parking area at bridge or up around the corner at Split Rock


  Takeout Details

Take out at Big Eddy, the Fishing Access about 1 mile East of Gold Bar


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  Fun Facts

This section has HUGE waves above 10 grand. The takeout is called big eddy because it is a huge eddy.... just incase you swim at 10 grand. :-)


   Run Description

This is a really sweet run for beginners and intermediates with a good roll (or not). The run has 4 decent rapids, good waves, some good holes and very few dangerous spots. It is also close to roads and homes for most of the run, which is good if you have a problem on the river.

The first rapid below the Railroad bridge rapid is the most difficult. There are a few big holes and wavetrains. Run down the middle and be mindful of the hole down at the bottom. There is a good pool below for picking up the pieces.

Below here is a fish hatchery on river right with lots of fishermen who are fishing on the sides. Stay in the middle and do not disturb them by throwing ends, loops, ect... this scares the fish (yeah right...).. There are a few more fun rapids, all run any which way.

The longest rapid is called Proctor Rapid, and sports Proctor Hole in the middle. This can be a really really big hole at flows above 5,000. Go right or left (right tends to be deeper) and ride the waves.

The last rapid is signaled by a large, red dirt wall on the right side that has been cut away by the river/ erosion. Around the corner you can see the Hwy 2 bridge overhead. This is the last rapid before the takeout. You can go right or left, but right tends to be pretty scrappy at levels below 3,000. Stay right and ride the waves to the big eddy takeout below the bridge.



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