Skagit Wild and Scenic (WA)

:projects:skagit.jpgBeginning high in the North Cascade Mountain Range, the Skagit Wild and Scenic River winds down steep slopes, through forested hillsides and wide, open valleys eventually reaching Puget Sound. The rivers of the Skagit System (Skagit, Sauk, Suiattle and Cascade) flow through rugged wilderness, forestlands, rural communities, farmlands and cities of the lower Skagit Valley.

This river system provides exceptional year-around paddling opportunities including sections of the Cascade that draw expert paddlers from across the country and sections of the Skagit that provide eagle viewing and a mellow float suitable for the whole family.

While much of the Skagit is protected, the popular whitewater reach from Goodell Creek to Copper Creek has not been designated as Wild and Scenic. Seattle City Light proposed inundating this section of the river for a hydropower project in the early 1980's. While this immediate threat has passed, the river still needs long term protection and we are working to achieve that goal through an effort to designate more rivers in the North Cascades under the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act.

Thunder Creek Receives Wilderness Protection (WA)

posted September 14, 2012
by Thomas O'Keefe
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Today, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar ensured the long-term protection of Thunder Creek, a tributary of the Skagit River, by administratively designating the river corridor as wilderness. Once threatened by hydropower, this spectacular whitewater resource is now protected as a free-flowing river.


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