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
Mf Nooksack River Near Deming
USGS 12208000
444 cfs 3.7 ft
Nf Stillaguamish River Near Arlington
USGS 12167000
1,590 cfs 3.5 ft
Skagit River Near Mount Vernon
USGS 12200500
21,400 cfs 16.6 ft
Samish River Near Burlington
USGS 12201500
310 cfs 6.1 ft
Sauk River At Darrington
USGS 12187500
5,220 cfs 8.2 ft
Anderson Creek At Smith Road Near Goshen
USGS 12210900
25 cfs 6.7 ft
Sauk River Ab Whitechuck River Near Darrington
USGS 12186000
1,060 cfs 3.5 ft
Sauk River Near Sauk
USGS 12189500
4,030 cfs 5.0 ft
Skagit River Near Concrete
USGS 12194000
19,700 cfs 19.6 ft
Nooksack River At North Cedarville
USGS 12210700
2,920 cfs 140.8 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change
Easy Pass
SNOTEL 998
100" 0"
Alpine Meadows
SNOTEL 908
56" 0"
Wells Creek
SNOTEL 909
44" 0"
Marten Ridge
SNOTEL 999
68" 0"
Elbow Lake
SNOTEL 910
43" 0"
Mf Nooksack
SNOTEL 1011
56" 0"

Outdoor Recreation

Ski Area Snowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
Mt. Baker Ski Area 68" 48° 21.85"
Hemlock Resort " ° "
River Run Streamflow Length Class
Douglas Fir Campground to Mt. Baker Highway 567.0cfs 9.0 Mi II+ to III