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Gauge Information (Last updated with USGS at 3/26/2017 12:01:53 AM)
MIDDLE FORK SNOQUALMIE RIVER
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Minimum Recomended Level: 1000 cfs Maximum Recomended Level: 8000 cfs
When you are driving up the Middle Fork road drive with care. There are a lot of pot holes, and quite a bit of vehicle traffic. This means that when you are going around corners you might swirve to miss a pot hole and lean into oncoming traffic lanes of the road. This has been the cause of several accidents, so drive with care.
To get to the river (takeout) take exit 32 off I-90 and go north for 0.6 miles. At the T junction turn right onto North Bend Way and go 0.7 miles. At this point, past the spot where the river runs near the road, turn left onto SE Tanner Road. Take this road down 0.5 miles to a gravel pullout on the right hand side. Powerlines crossing the road and leading down to the river mark the access coridor to the river. There is a gate across the dirt access road that runs along the powerlines to the river (about a 50 yard hike). Do not park near the gate.
To get back to the put-in, go back out to North Bend Way and travel 0.2 miles past the boat/rv storage facility and turn left onto SE 140th. Take this 1.1 miles to the left hand turnoff for Middle Fork Rd. Follow this road 3.5 miles to Island Drop (also known as the old Mine Creek Campground) where a bend in the river comes up against the road. This is a good put-in that avoids some of the upstream reach that gets a little boney below 2000 cfs. If you have more time or the water is higher you can continue up to mile 5 where the concrete bridge crosses the river. A put-in is available on the river left side of the bridge.
Very popular afterwork run during Day Light Hours.
//(strong Boaters) We are not recommending this, but this run is the most fun between 8000cfs and 15,000cfs.
//The MM has been run in kayaks when as low as 263 CFS without portaging.
Run Description [Season: Fall, Winter, Spring]
The middle middle is a classic White Water run that is nice and close to Seattle. Known for it's mellow winding bends, the Middle Middle is a great cool down after a hard day of work or near by climbing.
The Middle Middle is a fairly straight forward run with several small rapids and a few larger ones.
Most Local Boaters put in at the Mine Creek Campground instead of the concrete bridge.
The run begins with a fun Hole called Island drop. The ledge is on the river left and fun to play in from 2k - 5k. Below Island drop the river braids out and winds around a few bends before reaching A-Frame which is identified by the A frame style cabin on the hill below the rapid. There is also a weird Soccer ball looking cabin next to it which stands out much more, which makes you wonder why the rapid is not called soccer ball.
Below A-Frame the river begins to pickup pace with several fun Class III rapids. The second rapid features houses on the river left with large Bronze Elk and Deer. They are very proud homeowners with decadent yard art. The third rapid offers a wonderful Van sized hole at the bottom which is fun to boof or plug as the river gets higher.
House rocks is roughly 2 rapids below the big hole marked by a large ledge on river right and increased whitewater.
Below House Rocks the river winds down a bit until arriving at the poop chute which is now only a clean chute at 3k +. Below is a nice surf wave and a fun class III rapid above the slalom gates. Wave to the kayak house on river right which is owned by some great paddlers and fun folk!
Below is more braided fun with little waves and holes here or there for play.