JoesKayak's Submission - Entered on 12/7/2016 8:38:00 AM
Gauge Information (Last updated with USGS at 2/20/2017 6:54:31 PM)
NF SNOQUALMIE RIVER NEAR SNOQ
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Minimum Recomended Level: 600 cfs Maximum Recomended Level: 1200 cfs
From downtown North Bend turn onto Ballarat Ave. The road twists and changes names a few times, but just stay on the main road. In a about 6 miles the road forks and the left fork goes up a hill... take the left fork (NF County Road). In 2.5 miles you'll arrive at the Spur 10 road gate. You'll need to park here unless you have a pass from Hancock Timber, and then you can go through the gate and park right at the river.
From Spur 10 gate, continue up NF County Road about 5 miles and cross the bridge over the river. The put-in at the bridge looks nice, but there is a big class 5+ rapid just downstream, so instead: After you cross the bridge turn right onto a gated road. Carry your boat about 1/4 mile to the first convenient spot to scramble down to the water. Be sure to put in below the class 5+... but do take a peek at it during your walk.
The takeout will be at the Spur 10 road bridge. Take out at the bridge and then walk back to the gate (about 1 mile).
Campbell Global owns most the land around this run including the put-in and takeout access. You need a permit ($8 for a daily) to walk-in to the river access on their land. Permits can be obtained online at:
Great run for those who don't mind the added hassle of walking in/out and getting a permit from the landowner.
Run Description [Season: Fall to Late Spring]
This run is a fun alternative to the Middle Middle. It's a smaller, narrower stream than the middle fork with a nice variety of boulder gardens, ledges, chutes and playspots. Overall, it's a bit easier run than the Middle Middle but due to the smaller riverbed it can be more prone to wood spanning the channel.
The highlights include a section midway through the run where the river goes through a continuous section of 3-4 class III and III+ rapids, and a bit further into the run is a sweet wave/hole playspot.
The minimum flow listed (600) is a do-able, but boney flow. Most folks will want flows of 1000 or more to justify the walk-in.
There is usually at least some wood in play on this run, be sure to keep your eyes open.