Minimum Age: 10 years (with written release from parents or guardians)
Season: May through mid-August
Price: Day Trip - $89.00 per person. 10am daily (lunch included)
Overnight trips available
The Sauk River, the largest tributary to the Skagit River, is a national treasure. It gained federal protection, thanks to an act of Congress, by being designated a Wild & Scenic River.
When it comes to scenery and whitewater, the Sauk is a hit! The combination of pristine mountain views, wildlife, action, and local lore make this river one of the premier river rafting experiences in this country.
At the put-in, the milky waters of the White Chuck flowing off of Glacier Peak mix with the turquoise waters of the North Fork Sauk River, creating the main Sauk. Nearly continuous Class III to IV rapids run through large boulders, creating great technical rapids like Hole-In-One, Guide Trap, Alligator Drop, Island Drop, Jaws, and Popeye.
The Sauk river valley has a long history, both in mining and in timber. In its hey-day, the thriving town of Monte Cristo was home to thousands of miners trying to strike it rich.
Your guide/chefs will provide gourmet riverside meals for you to enjoy. On an overnight trip we will typically serve a continental breakfast, deli style lunch and baked dinner the first day, and full breakfast and hot lunch the second day, plus snacks and drinks.
From I-5 take the Arlington exit (#208) onto Highway 530. Follow 530 East 3.3 miles to the town of Arlington, in Arlington follow signs to Darrington on the North Cascade Scenic Loop Highway (530), and continue 30 miles to the town of Darrington. Our meet spot is at the gravel parking lot adjacent to the Darrington IGA grocery store located on Highway 530.
|The Stagecoach Inn in Darrington:||360-436-1776|
|Bradley's Bed 'n Bath in Darrington:||360-436-0120|
|Hemlock Hills Bed & Breakfast in Darrington:||360-436-1274|
|Sauk River Farm Bed & Breakfast near Darrington:||206-436-1794|
There are many excellent Forest Service campgrounds in the area of the Sauk. Near the put-in is the Whitechuck campground and upstream of the put-in is the Bedal campground. Near the take-out is the Clearcreek campground. These are the first-come, first-serve variety, so come early to get your spot. For other camp locations, see the ranger station in Darrington.