Nooksack River, North Fork - Douglas Fir Campground to Mt. Baker Highway

Washington-US  

Description

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.

Late in the season there are river use restrictions because of spawning Chinook fish.  Check with the local fish and wildlife division if you plan on floating late in the season or at low water levels.

Near the douglas fir campground there is a decent play wave.  See below or the map for details.

There is also an annual slalom river race on this section of the Nooksack.  Click here for more details on that.

Statistics

Class II+ to III
Current Flow 425.0 CFS
09-25-2017 23:15
Recommended Flow Minimum: 650.0
Average: 1200.0
Maximum: 2100.0
Typical Season Begins: April
Ends: October
Recommended Use Kayaking: Yes
Rafting: No
Canoeing: No
SUP: No
Packrafting: No
Fishing: Yes
Primary Gauge NF NOOKSACK RIVER BL CASCADE CREEK NR GLACIER, WA
Length 9.0 Mile(s)
Gradient 50.02 FPM