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


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'

  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