Located west of Stevens Pass on the scenic Skykomish River, Big Eddy Recreation Site is a small piece of state property often used by paddlers. It is the take-out spot for a popular whitewater run that starts at Sunset Falls and continues 7 miles over a succession of rapids, including the notoriously challenging Boulder Drop. Big Eddy isn't just for paddlers though; picnic tables are available if you are in need of a place to rest on your drive across the Cascades.
The section of river at Big Eddy is a calm respite from the rapids that stretch in both directions. A sandy bank extends into the water, offering a convenient haul-out spot for boats or a place for picnickers to wade in the water. In addition to being a boat launch and picnic area, the site is popular with anglers fishing for steelhead, salmon, and trout.
From the river banks, look north for views of the Highway 2 bridge and beautiful surrounding ridges. If you look south you will see the railroad bridge towering over the water and the disintegrating remains of it’s predecessor standing behind it.