Douglas Fir Campground To Mt. Baker Highway


The first 3 to 4 miles of this run contain the best rapids.  After that the canyon opens up and the river widens and meanders down towards Maple Falls.  The river is very scenic here but the difficulty drops to class II which is good for beginning kayakers.

Suggested river levels for paddling this section of the Nooksack River, North Fork are between a bare minimum of 650cfs and a high of 2,100cfs. River conditions sourced from USGS 12205000, the Nf Nooksack River Bl Cascade Creek Nr Glacier Remember only watercraft are permitted at Douglas Fir Campground to Mt. Baker Highway.

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Whitewater Rapids

Obstacles on the river run
Snowater Rapid
Class III

Area Hydrology

Gauge Streamflow Stage
Sauk River At Darrington
USGS 12187500
5,220 cfs 8.2 ft
Clearwater Creek Near Welcome
USGS 12207850
39 cfs 0.6 ft
Nooksack River At Everson
USGS 12211200
1,680 cfs 73.6 ft
Nooksack River At North Cedarville
USGS 12210700
1,960 cfs 139.1 ft
Skagit River Near Mount Vernon
USGS 12200500
10,400 cfs 12.7 ft
Sauk River Near Sauk
USGS 12189500
2,540 cfs 4.2 ft
Bacon Creek Below Oakes Creek Near Marblemount
USGS 12179900
366 cfs 4.6 ft
Sf Nooksack River At Saxon Bridge
USGS 12210000
898 cfs 2.8 ft
Olsen Creek Near Bellingham
USGS 12202300
5 cfs 4.9 ft
Fishtrap Creek At Front Street At Lynden
USGS 12212050
43 cfs 3.3 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change
Mf Nooksack
SNOTEL 1011
149" -3"
Elbow Lake
SNOTEL 910
105" -3"
Alpine Meadows
SNOTEL 908
135" -2"
Marten Ridge
SNOTEL 999
144" -3"
Wells Creek
SNOTEL 909
101" -2"

Outdoor Recreation

Ski Area Snowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
Hemlock Resort " ° "
Mt. Baker Ski Area 144" 68° 0"
River Run Streamflow Length Class
Douglas Fir Campground to Mt. Baker Highway 290.0cfs 9.0 Mi II+ to III