Skagit River: Goodell Creek to Copper Creek


Whitewater Packraft - Skagit River: Goodell Creek to Copper Creek

What better way to take in the scenery of the North Cascades than from the Skagit River. Almost the entirety of this stretch is lazy class II, but there is one short 1/2 mile section that is class III, called the S-Bends. A great place to test the waters if you are new to class III.

  • Class III River, Class II River
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 8.8 mi

Details will be emailed after registration closes. 

As with all river trips, this trip is subject to the river flowing at a reasonable level.  Trip location may change as needed.

The first couple miles are straightforward class II and the last 5 miles are straightforward class II.  

The middle class III section is short, roughly 1/2 mile, and consists of three distinct drops that develop large wave trains.  After the first and second drops there is time to self-rescue if you are efficient, but there are no eddies.  There is a very wide and calm runout at the bottom of the third drop. 

It may be possible to exit prior to the S-Bends and portage all 3 drops but would require a 1/2 mile or so walk on a highway with no shoulder. 


Skagit River: Goodell Creek to Copper Creek

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

Minimum Equipment for each participant 

  • Packraft with grab lines on bow and stern 
  • Life jacket, PFD Class III or better 
  • Whitewater helmet 
  • Immersion wear appropriate for the environment
  • Spare clothing 
  • Boat repair kit 
  • Whistle 

Minimum Equipment for the party 

  • Rescue rope and throw bag
  • Spare paddle, one or more
  • First Aid kit
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