Skagit River (WA) - April 17-18, 2021

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Down to Sep-11 Pictures

Goodell launch area (el. 500') on the Skagit with Jim and Sherry. First rafting trip since Sep. 2019 for me. On the water at 12:59pm

Below Goodell launch

Looking back toward Goodell area

Lunch stop at Damnation Creek

Into the Class III S-Curves

Part 2 of the S-Curves. Pushy water at this level

Coming out of the S-Curves

Passing Bacon Creek. Nearing campsite

Early morning campsite shot

Last time we set up the kitchen on the tip on the island, but nature has since added a flow separator

12:59pm launch. Another leisurely start

Marblemount Bridge takeout. 2:01pm. After not having rafted for 19 months, I find myself surprisingly exhausted and dehydrated 😎

USGS Flow at 04/17/2021 12:00 PDT 3,940 CFS 83.56' 5.9C (42.6F). When we did our Sept. 2019 trip the water was a lot warmer - 53.8F

Skagit River (WA) - September 11-12, 2021

Up to Apr-17 Pictures

Another Thomas Guide trip. 12:06 launch from Goodell Creek

Downstream view well below launch

Looking upstream. Cloud shrouded mountains are back at the launch

Lunch stop at Damnation Creek

Convinced one of the kids to stick his head into the sand castle being dug

Into the S-Curves. Pretty pushy at this level

Part 2 of the S-Curves

Swim time below the rapids

Banana boat kids. Thanks Steve

Wasn't sure if our camp island was under water, so I stopped early and walked down to scout. Steve K felt the need for oar time, so he brought my cataraft down

Cooking breakfast, waiting for the rain to stop. Thanks Jim

Rain finally stopped. Already packed up cots and sleeping bags

Brighter downstream, but not really sunny

12:27pm launch. Jim and I expect a quick trip at this flow even though it dropped overnight

Cloud fronts converging on mountains beyond takeout

Approaching Marblemount takeout at 1:28pm

USGS Flow at 09/11/2021 12:00 PDT 5,170 CFS 84.22' 10.5C (50.9F)

USGS Flow at 09/12/2021 12:00 PDT 4,490 CFS 3.61' 11.2C (52.2F)

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

Last Update 14-Sep-21