Lower Sauk River (WA) - June 29-30, 2019 - 8 miles (Sawmill to 530)

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A low water Lower Sauk overnighter with Jim and Sherry.
Oddly, my LVM inflator quit after one tube. Subsequently found out the solder joint on the trigger base broke. Should be fixable for a few more years of use!

Rigging in the shade of the bridge is nice. Across is the logjam that caused some problems 8 years ago

On the water at 11:49am

One of the few rapids on this low water trip

Verification photo. Thanks Jim2

Camp set up is only about 3 miles downstream from launch

Downstream view from camp. Shallow channel now. Hoping the water doesn't drop much overnight

View from under Wing shelter

Whitehorse Mtn. in the morning after the river fog dissipated

Ready to launch 11:40am

A few more river bends and the view is the same. Gravel bar is a reminder of low water

Diminishing view as we move downstream

The siltier Suiattle River adds to the clear Sauk flow

Just above the takeout we both got stranded for a few seconds

USGS Flow at 06/29/2019 12:00 PDT 2,920 CFS 4.35'
006/30/2019 12:00 PDT 2,710 CFS 4.23'

  1. U.O.N., Olympus Stylus 770SW Digital Photography by William F. Smith (7.1 MP, 3072x2304 HQ, 3X optical 38-114mm)
  2. Samsung Galaxy S5 SM-G900T Digital Photography by Jim McCool

Last Update 3-Jul-19