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Looking for anyone to boat with in the Bellingham area, just moved here. Would like to get on Nooksack, maybe try the Sky wild and scenic, anything really in the III/III+ range with a small amount of IV experience. I have a lot of free time at the moment and would like to boat any and every day. 509 551 9969
 

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Well that's not very encouraging.. I moved here from Denver and I know there's a lot more water over here but I don't really wanna do runs I don't know by myself for the first time.
 

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Paging Tripple to the white courtesy room.

I haven't boated up there but have several friends in the area.

Send him a message. He doesn't get on here a lot. Works hard and plays hard. I know he rafts, guides, kayaks and R2s a 9 or 10 footer. If no response I can get a message to Tripp.
 

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I met plenty of folks in the time I was there but never spent a single day on the water with anyone else but myself,drove to the sauk quite a bit,to many hipsters there anyways :p
 

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thanks for the referral carvedog, message sent to tripple. and mt, did you just drive out to the river and go solo or did you hook up with people already paddling? i've been thinking about driving out to the nooksack or sauk with my bike to run shuttle and just try to tag along with people already boating because although i'm confident with my roll and skills up to around class IV im not sure it would be smart for me to go down runs i don't know by myself. appreciate all the feedback though guys
 

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oh and if you want to run the sky..just go. park at split rock and you'll find boaters.

not sure but the sauk is likely done for the year..at least good flows.

sky is runnable every day of the year.
 

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Okay good to know, that's probably what I'll do. boulder drop is the main significant rapid i'm led to believe. its a solid class IV technical right?
 

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Yep, Boulder Drop is probably always class IV, but in low summer flows its one of those that people argue about. It's a fine piece of whitewater! You can make it class IIIish, or there are class V lines to be had. Best way to spend your day is hanging out there and lapping it. It's the best training ground you'll find.

My favorite, enter far left and find the little rock boof/smear move. Probably a good idea to follow someone your first time on that line though...easy to get lost in the rocks if you know what I mean.

Seriously, go there. There are hundreds of different lines in that rapid.
 

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That's awesome to know, I really want to step up to class IV so far the only IVs i've paddled are oak springs (debatable IV) on the deschutes and elbow falls on clear creek. i did see the run is only 4.5 miles so spending some time on that rapid would make more of a day out of the trip. its obviously longer and more involved than either oak springs or elbow falls so i think following someone would definitely be the way to go.
 

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We just got off the Sauk today downstream from the confluence with the Suiattle. Saw a big parked commercial bus for rafters with trailer - don't know if they were running the Sauk or Suiattle.

We're kind of new (to the forum and rafting) and enjoying learning all we can. I too am surprised by the lack of boaters on the rivers here (or should we feel fortunate?). This area is spectacular. The Skagit river system (Skagit, Cascade, Sauk, Suiattle) has all levels of runs and the drive upriver to get to them is awesome. Protected Bald Ealgle nesting habitat and big Elk herds (look for these in S. pastures before town of Concrete). Darrington (Suak River) is hoping to attract more folks after the Oso landslide. AW rates the Sauk from Whitechuck River to Darrington as class lll+ and "lower runable".

I'm glad to hear someone else is enjoying our rivers.
 

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I have done some of the drives along the rivers around here in the past before I was a boater and I can definitely attest for the beauty of the area. I am really itching to get my boat in the magnificent water now. So would you be interested in letting a kayaker tag along with you sauksister? I am looking for literally anyone to paddle with raft or kayak doesn't make a difference
 

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Sure - good for us too. We are sticking to the easier runs though being relatively inexperienced. We are paddling a 12' Sotar which we roll to transport; have a truck but no trailer. My experience on the Nooksack consists of "rafting" with friends on truck tubes with a cooler in the middle at low levels. It would be fun to do it on the areas good for Kayak/raft. What we really love though is heading up the Skagit, so beautiful. A bit further from B'ham but very worth it! I'll give you a call and we can figure it out.
 

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"the sauk has some killer primitive camping" Yes it does. That's one of my favorite dreams after rafting. Seeing a picture of a packed raft IS eye candy, glad so many are posted. Unfortunately time constraints keep us on the river only for day trips right now, but maybe sometime in the future. Rafting the river has been the most successful carrot so far to get our 16 yr. old doing stuff with us, so I'm thankful for small miracles.

Sorry B'ham didn't work out when you were here mtrafter but you sure picked a great place with Bend, Or.
 

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Hey Kenny, I'm Mark and in same situation, just moved to Bellingham and looking for folks to hit the river with in the class 3-4 range. But im fine with class 2 as well, I have a solo canoe too, anything to get on the river. Im up for exploring near and far, the nooksack looks pretty close and convenient being less than an hr away. This next week I was hoping to boat tomorrow, Fri, Sat, Mon and or Tues. And whenever work allows in the future. Lets go get it, call anytime 630-415-6102
 
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