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Skykomish River

Photo: Joe Mabel

Skykomish River


The Skykomish River in Snohomish County follows Highway 2 through the communities of Gold Bar, Sultan, and Monroe before it meets up with the Snoqualmie River to form the Snohomish River, which eventually empties into the Puget Sound.


Popular with kayakers and whitewater rafters, the Skykomish is mostly ranked between Class III and Class III+ rapids, depending on the circumstances and season, but includes Boulder Drop, a class IV+ rapids. Alpine Adventures is one of several companies that offers guided whitewater rafting trips down the Skykomish River.


Al Borlin Park in Monroe is a 90-acre riverfront park offering wooded trails, picnic areas, and beach area on a peninsula formed by the Skykomish River and Woods Creek. This is a great place to come and barbeque and spend a relaxing afternoon by the river.


Salmon and Steelhead fishing is also a popular activity on the Skykomish River, usually from June 1st through February - the river is closed to fishing from March through May.


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