Lower Sauk to Skagit River (WA) - July 16-17, 2016

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At the Skagit Ridge Rd. takeout. A lot less beach than last year. The Skagit at Marblemount flow this year was less than the June trip last year (4300 vs. 4700 CFS), so apparently a lot of the takeout beach was washed away, and not due to high flows as we surmised


Back at the putin. Al and Jim are ready to go


Just below the WA 530 bridge


Al floats along the 'crumbling wall'


Logs to avoid in the middle of the river


Jim decides to play with the overhanging tree


Below one of the few riffles on the trip


Lunch stop panorama


Below another riffle


Looking up at the Sauk-Concrete bridge grating


When we returned Sunday on the shuttle this whole stretch was fogged in


Floating along, enjoying the warmth


USGS "Sauk near Sauk" gaging station


Sauk Mtn. in the distance? Hard to tell with clouds


Once we pass the road detour with culvert outflow, we start looking for a camp


Encountered a full river log (see inset). I had to get out of my cataraft briefly to pull it around the end of the log river left


Jim was nice enough to document my difficulties2


Big beach camp


Surprisingly, some kids showed up tubing by hiking in from the Sauk-Concrete road


Like I said, big beach. The boats are in a deep side inlet, not the main river channel


Post dinner relaxation. Jim with cocoa, Al with Coors. Sauk Mtn. clouds starting to lift


Clouds gone except for a single wisp. 8:54pm


Another camp shot. 9:02pm


Al fishing 9:03pm


On the water the next morning. 11:47am


Attempted to convey how deep the inlet water is, but didn't turn out as expected


Momentary stop above a new left channel, waiting for Al and Jim to catch up


Verification2


Now on the Skagit River


Not the usual spectacular mountain view, but still impressive


USGS Flow at 07/16/2016 12:00 PDT 2,830 CFS 4.20'


USGS Flow at 07/17/2016 12:00 PDT 4,320 CFS 3.53' (spike is assumed error - single data point)


Lower Sauk to Skagit River (WA) - July 30-31, 2016

Up to July 16-17 Pictures

Back again, 2 weeks later. Verification2


12:55pm launch. Only 2 boats today. With Jim and Sherry


Below WA 530 bridge


Glimpse of Mt. Baker to the north


Crumbling wall active this weekend as well


Looking upstream


Sauk Mtn. in the distance


Willie got knocked off Jim's boat and got swept downstream by current. I had to do the collar pull to get him out of the water, where he danced all over my bags


After a minute of excitement, Jim clears the log


Oar tower was readjusted by log


Next morning at camp


Early 11:43am launch


Above Skagit confluence


The silty Sauk blends with the green Skagit


The snowcapped mountains are still clouded in


USGS Flow at 07/30/2016 12:00 PDT 3,150 CFS 4.37'


USGS Flow at 07/31/2016 12:00 PDT 3,930 CFS 3.40'


    Credits:
  1. U.O.N., Olympus Stylus 770SW Digital Photography by William F. Smith (7.1 MP, 3072x2304 HQ, 3X optical 38-114mm)
  2. Olympus Stylus 725SW Digital Photography by Jim McCool (7.1 MP, 3X optical 38-114mm)

Last Update 1-Aug-16