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
Nooksack River At Everson
USGS 12211200
1,550 cfs 73.2 ft
Skagit River Near Concrete
USGS 12194000
10,400 cfs 16.6 ft
Sauk River Near Sauk
USGS 12189500
1,340 cfs 3.2 ft
Clearwater Creek Near Welcome
USGS 12207850
39 cfs 0.6 ft
Olsen Creek Near Bellingham
USGS 12202300
1 cfs 4.7 ft
Skookum Creek Above Diversion Near Wickersham
USGS 12209490
36 cfs 1.1 ft
Nf Nooksack River Bl Cascade Creek Nr Glacier
USGS 12205000
523 cfs 4.0 ft
Sauk River Ab Whitechuck River Near Darrington
USGS 12186000
289 cfs 2.4 ft
Sf Nooksack River At Saxon Bridge
USGS 12210000
214 cfs 1.8 ft
Sauk River At Darrington
USGS 12187500
5,220 cfs 8.2 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change

Outdoor Recreation

Ski Area Snowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
Hemlock Resort " ° "
Mt. Baker Ski Area -2" 70° 0"
River Run Streamflow Length Class
Douglas Fir Campground to Mt. Baker Highway 523.0cfs 9.0 Mi II+ to III