Middle Fork Snoqualmie River: Tanner to North Bend

Also known as "The Club Stretch," this is a fun stretch of river near North Bend with Class II whitewater that is good for packraft training.


  • NOAA Gauge: MF Snoqualmie--Near Tanner (TANW1)
  • 500-800 cfs: Class II River. Below recommended but runnable.
  • 800-2,500 cfs:  Class II River.  Recommended.
  • 2,500-4,000 cfs: Class II+ River.  More challenging but still has plenty of slow sections for rescues.


  • Tanner River Road: It's 0.5 miles from SE North Bend Way. There is room for about ten cars.  Parking can fill up at popular times. A path through the woods leads to launch into the last part of a Class III rapid. Just left (downstream) of the parking lot is a larger, gated path leads to launch below the Class III rapid on a rocky shoreline.


  • 428th Ave SE Bridge: At 4.3 miles from the put-in, there is parking on a spur road on the river right upstream side of the 428th Ave SE bridge. There is parking for 5-7 cars. A path leads from the  sandy shoreline to the road.
  • Blue Hole (CLOSED): Previously, boaters commonly took out at the Blue Hole. However, the path back to parking crosses a small section of private property, and in 2021 the owner disallowed use of the property. This take-out is closed while American Whitewater negotiates access.

On the River

This is a fun river stretch that makes a great Class II practice run.  Multiple rocks provide opportunity to practice eddy turns and surfing. Most rapids consist of gravel bar drops that form into wave trains followed by calm sections for recovery.  Blue Hole Rapid can be run two ways.  To the left is a straight chute with waves, and to the right there are some turns and the water piles into a headwall. Strong eddies develop in the pool below.  


  • Difficulty: Class II River
  • Length: 4.3 mi
  • 545 ft
  • Land Manager: Land Manager Varies
  • Parking Permit Required: see Land Manager
  • Recommended Party Size: 12
  • Maximum Party Size: 14
  • Maximum Route/Place Capacity: 14
  • Green Trails Mount Si NRCA No. 206S

Upcoming Activities

Basic Whitewater Packrafting Equivalency Test - Middle Fork Snoqualmie River: Tanner to North Bend

Packrafting Field trip: Basic Whitewater Packrafting Equivalency
A one day outing giving participants to demonstrate skills equivalent to the Basic Whitewater Packrafting
Difficulty: Class II River
Sat, Jan 6, 2024
No Prerequisites
0 participants 0 instructors
Registration closes Jan 4
Seattle Branch
Tom Unger

Basic Whitewater Packrafting Course - Field Trip #3 - Middle Fork Snoqualmie River: Tanner to North Bend

Packrafting Field trip: Basic Whitewater Packrafting Course
On this field trip the focus will be on river navigation, reading whitewater, and team
Difficulty: Class II River
Sat, Apr 6, 2024
No Prerequisites
10 participants 2 instructors
Seattle Branch
Tom Unger
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