• Season May-July

  • Trip Length 3-4 Hrs.

  • Difficulty moderate

  • Age 10+

$69/Person Book Trip Now

Trip Info

Sauk River Whitewater Rafting near Seattle

Wildwater offers trips on the little known Sauk River for Bellingham, Everett and Seattle rafting enthusiasts. The Sauk is a wild and scenic river system located at the foot of the North Cascades along the Mountain Loop Highway. Whitehorse mountain and Glacier Peak serve as a stunning backdrop for 9 miles of nearly continuous class III and IV whitewater. Join Wildwater River Guides for this exciting and beautiful river trip near Seattle.

Great Whitewater Rafting Near Seattle and Bellingham

When you are looking for rafting near Seattle and Bellingham well into the hot summer months try the Sauk River. Among the boulders and glacial snowmelt are class III and IV rapids like "Toilet Bowl”, "Jaws" and "demon seed”. The trip meets near Darrington at the White Chuck boat launch and offers both beautiful scenery and thrilling rapids. Be the first of your friends to raft this hidden gem.

Raft the Sauk River with Wildwater

With great rapids, incredible scenery and a convenient location the Sauk River is going to be your new favorite raft trip in Washington. When you join Wildwater for a trip you can count on the latest equipment and the highest certified guides in the Washington river guiding business so you can be confident you are taken care of and concentrate on having fun. Be sure to visit our regional links page for information on lodging, dinning, and other local attractions in and around Darrington. Book a trip with Wildwater today!

Trip Itinerary

  1. Park vehicles at the meeting spot.
  2. Check in and fill out a participation waiver.
    Note: All minors must have a parent or legal guardian present to participate. If a minor will not be accompanied, he/she must have the waiver completed and signed by a parent or legal guardian prior to the trip.
  3. After check-in, change into the river gear provided by Wildwater. Use your vehicle as a personal locker to store your street clothes and other belongings. Store your keys in Wildwater's secured location while you are on the river.
  4. Once everyone is geared up, we take a Wildwater vehicle to the shuttle, which takes us to the put-in/launch site.
  5. Before boarding the raft, a Wildwater staff member holds a Trip Talk to prepare you for what is to come.
  6. After the Trip Talk, you split into raft groups and meet your guide for the trip.
  7. Your guide discusses basic river rafting instruction before putting on the river.
  8. Now it's time to go rafting!
  9. At the end of the trip you take-out back at the meeting spot, change into dry clothing, and return all river gear you used to Wildwater staff members.

Directions to the Sauk River Rafting Put In

Wildwater River Guides Sauk River rafting trips meet at the White Chuck Boat Launch located near the town of Darrington, WA. We have done our best to provide you with detailed directions to the Sauk River put in from Seattle, Bellingham and Everett to ensure you are able to meet your trip on time. Be advised that in addition to the directions provided we strongly recommend using a Washington State highway map or searching the address provided in Google Maps for additional information.

Directions to the Sauk River from Seattle

  • Take I-5 N toward Everett.
  • Follow the directions from Everett below.

Directions to the Sauk River from Everett

  • Take I-5 N toward Vancouver, BC.
  • Take exit 208 for Hwy-530 E toward Arlington/Darrington.
  • Turn right onto Hwy-530 E/WA-530 E.
  • Turn left onto WA-530 E/WA-9 N.
  • Turn right onto WA-530 E/W Burke Ave/State Rte. 530
  • Continue on WA-530 E for approximately 28 miles into Darrington
  • At the 4 way stop in Darrington turn right onto Mountain Loop Highway
  • At mile 44.9 you will drive over the Sauk River on a bridge and a short distance after this turn left to cross over the White Chuck River
  • Look for a sign on your left that says "White Chuck Boat Launch" and a large parking lot with bathrooms.
  • Look for a Wildwater vehicle or sign and if you are lost please call 1.509.470.8558.

Directions to the Sauk River from Bellingham

  • Take I-5 S toward Seattle, WA.
  • Take exit 208 for Hwy-530 E toward Arlington/Darrington.
  • Turn left onto Hwy-530 E/WA-530 E.
  • Turn left onto WA-530 E/WA-9 N.
  • Turn right onto WA-530 E/W Burke Ave/State Rte. 530
  • Continue on WA-530 E for approximately 28 miles into Darrington
  • At the 4 way stop in Darrington turn right onto Mountain Loop Highway
  • At mile 44.9 you will drive over the Sauk River on a bridge and a short distance after this turn left to cross over the White Chuck River
  • Look for a sign on your left that says "White Chuck Boat Launch" and a large parking lot with bathrooms.
  • Look for a Wildwater vehicle or sign and if you are lost please call 1.509.470.8558.

Book Your Sauk River Kayak or Raft Trip Today!

Wildwater River Guides offers Sauk River rafting trips and Sauk River kayak instruction and guided trips to Seattle and Bellingham whitewater enthusiasts. Our expert guides have the highest level of training in the business and years of experience on the river so you can be confident you are in good hands. Contact us with questions or comments and then come experience the incredible rapids and beautiful scenery of the Sauk River with Wildwater River Guides today. We look forward to meeting you!

Meeting Location

White Chuck Boat Launch

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What we Provide

  • A top-of-the-line-neoprene sleeveless wetsuit (On summer days, a neoprene wetsuit isn't necessary.)
  • Neoprene booties for your feet
  • A helmet
  • A PFD (personal floatation device)
  • Certified Professional Guides

What to Bring

  • Swimsuit or swim trunks
  • Sunglasses (must have croakie attachment)
  • Extra layers for cold spring days (fleece, wool, or polypropylene - avoid cotton)
  • Sunscreen

Looking for Group Rates?

Wildwater Rafting is a fun activity for large groups. We welcome parties/groups for all occasions. Call and ask about our group rates or follow the link below.

  • Birthdays
  • Corporate/Company Team Building
  • Bachelor/Bachelorette Parties
  • Boy/Girl Scout Events

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Have Questions?

View our FAQs or contact us. We would be happy to discuss any question you have.

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Participant Agreement Form

We have attached our participant agreement form for your convenience. Feel free to print and fill it out to bring with you to the river, but we will have agreement forms available for you in case you are unable to print this document out. All minors not accompanied by a parent or legal guardian need to make sure they bring this document with all fields filled out and signed by a parent or legal guardian or they won’t be able to join us on the river, no exceptions!

Participant Agreement Form

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