South Fork Stillaguamish River: Boardman Creek to Verlot

Also known as the "Silly Stilly," this is a classic Class III river run with consistently interesting rapids near the Mountain Loop Highway.



  • Boardman Creek: The most commonly used put-in. There is parking for six cars southwest of the Boardman Creek Bridge. Carry boats along the south side of the road then climb down below the bridge. Launch under the bridge on the west shore of Boardman Creek.
  • Red Bridge Campground


  • Verlot: Take out at a 30-foot sandy beach on the north shore just downstream from the Verlot Campground and near Benson Creek. From the beach, a trail leads into the forest then west 0.2 miles to the parking on the south side of Mountain Loop Highway across from the Verlot Public Service Center.  There is ample parking here, and there see restrooms at the service center.

On The River

The "Silly Stilly" run is continuously fun 3rd class.  There are frequent boulder garden drops interspersed with slower sections. There are two significant rapids that can be scouted from the road.

wiley Creek Ledge

GPS: 48.06987, -121.71727

Wiley Creek Ledge is the most challenging rapid in this section. It starts with a boulder garden then a ledge drop. It is common to run this rapid on river left and then cut right through the drop. There is a good eddy above to pull out and scout. Below more eddies offer a place to regroup. The rapid can be bypassed by climbing up to the road. Will Creek Ledge can be scouted from the road—park in a small pullout at Mile 14.6 on the road's north side, a bit downstream from the ledge.

Ski Jump

GPS: 48.08643, -121.76164

Ski Jump is a series of large standing waves below a boulder field. The wave train may be exited to the left, into a good eddy. Avoid the logs near the river bank to wave train's right. Ski Jump can be scouted from the road.  A short distance from Verlot, park in a small pull-out southwest of the bridge across South Fork Stillaguamish River, and walk to the north side of the bridge.  Ski Jump is just upstream from there.


  • Difficulty: Class III River
  • Length: 8.0 mi
  • 1,240 ft
  • Green Trails Mountain Loop Highway No. 111SX
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