mikefromTX's Submission - Entered on 1/24/2015 8:49:00 AM
Notes: It said the put in for this run was at MP 37 on Hwy 2. 37 is up by Index somewhere. Just fixed that.
Gauge Information (Last updated with USGS at 3/30/2017 9:06:48 AM)
SKYKOMISH RIVER NEAR GOLD BAR
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Minimum Recomended Level: 1300 cfs Maximum Recomended Level: 15000 cfs
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
Take out at Big Eddy, the Fishing Access about 1 mile East of Gold Bar
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. :-)
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.