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Nooksack River, North Fork - washington
Updated Aug. 21, 2019, 8:15 a.m.
II+ to III
Feet / Mile
Status TOO LOW
Streamflow 499 cfs
Average 1200 cfs
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Current Weather 69° Mostly Sunny
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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. Weather on the river today will be mostly sunny, with a high near 69. west wind around 8 mph.

This run is accessible from 2 public boat access points along the Nooksack River, North Fork.

Season Begins: April & Ends: October

Streamflow Conditions

The Douglas Fir Campground to Mt. Baker Highway is currently TOO LOW to be paddled and you could find yourself bottoming out on rocks. Paddlers are advised to exercise caution with streamflow levels at 499cfs, about -64% below the average runnable rate of 1200cfs. Streamflow levels and subsequent run conditions for Douglas Fir Campground To Mt. Baker Highway are sourced from the USGS streamflow gage located at Nf Nooksack River Bl Cascade Creek Nr Glacier, Wa.

Our recommended river levels for paddling this section of the Nooksack River, North Fork are between a bare minimum of 650cfs and a high of 2100cfs. Paddlers can expect to come across 1 class II+ to III obstacles as they float down this 9 mile stretch of the Nooksack River, North Fork.

Whitewater Rapids

Obstacle Class Elevation
Snowater Rapid Class III 966.93 Feet

Weather Overview: 69° Today, Mostly Sunny

Over the course of the next 5 days, weather conditions on the river are expected to range between Rain. The rain could be heavy at times. High near 64. Light and variable wind becoming west southwest 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New precipitation amounts between a half and three quarters of an inch possible. to partly sunny, with a high near 76. calm wind becoming southwest 5 to 9 mph in the afternoon. It doesn't look like there's any substantial snow forecasted this week with air temperatures ranging between 64° - 76°

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