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Located just north of Darrington in the North Cascades, the Skagit River plays two roles in river rafting. In the summer the upper portion of the Skagit serves as a mild run, with mostly class 1 to 2 rapids and one class 3 rapid called The "S" Curves. This is a late summer run, usually August through October. Blue-green water and views of the Cascades round out this trip.
In the winter months, December through February, people from all over come to the lower section, which runs through the Skagit River Bald Eagle Natural Area, to view the largest gathering of bald eagles in the lower 48 as they feast on salmon. This float trip is the best way to get up close to these birds as they perch along the river's edge. It's not unusual to count over 200 eagles while on the river. This stretch is a class 1 float and is calm enough to drink hot chocolate and photograph the eagles.
*The river description above courtesy of Blue Sky Outfitters.
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