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Suiattle River (WA) - July 27, 2002 - 25 Miles

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Rat-Trap (Boundry) Bridge put-in for lower, take-out from hell for the upper :)

Upper Suiattle above bridge (Downey Creek to bridge = 12 mi.; bridge to new Sauk take-out = 13 mi.)

Initial thought on potential Upper Suiattle overnight camp (launch gear boats from roadside)

Buck Creek Above and below road (Rick, remember camping here in 1980?...)

Downey Creek launch collage (USFS is mulling over rails to replace the cliff slide)

Due to the fact that much of the last year's sand is gone, and the new portage, not far downstream, nixed the overnight camping idea for this location.

Lunch shot #2

Suiattle_what_Bear (scampering away after river swim)2


Suiattle_oh_that_bear (on lower stretch)2

Download 24 Sec. MPEG Video of Upper Suiattle Action (~550k)2

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USGS Flow - There was discussion about whether the flow was higher than when we did the trip last year. The Sauk gauge measures the combined flow of the Sauk, Suiattle, and Whitechuck.

USGS 12189500 SAUK RIVER NEAR SAUK, WASH. Stream- Stream- Stream- flow flow flow Date (ft³/s) (ft³/s) (ft³/s) Maximum Minimum Mean ---------------- (04_00060) (04_00060) (04_00060) 06/29/2001 5,950 4,580 5,220 07/27/2002 5,610 4,640 5,200 USGS 12186000 SAUK R ABV WHITECHUCK R NR DARRINGTON, WASH. GAGE Stream- HEIGHT flow Date (FEET) (ft³/s) Mean Mean ---------------- (02_00065) (01_00060) 06/29/2001 4.05 1,220 07/27/2002 3.84 1,150

  1. U.O.N., Olympus D-520Zoom Digital Photography by William F. Smith (2.0 MP, 1600x1200, 3X optical 38-114mm)
  2. Sony DSC-P5 Digital Photography by Steve Kuo (3.2 MP, 2048x1536)

Last Update 14-Jun-03