Located between North Cascades Highway and the Skagit River, Rasar State Park is a great place to stretch your legs along the Cascade Loop. This clean, well-maintained park offers a variety of activities for day-trippers and campers alike.
The park's day-use area consists of a large, covered picnic shelter with nearby restrooms and a playground. If the shelter is occupied, there are plenty of picnic tables and grills for barbecuing. A paved, barrier-free path leads down to the Skagit River from the day use area. Beginning with a gentle, wooded downhill section, the path levels out and opens to a field before re-entering the forest and reaching the river. Watch for Sauk Mountain to the east while crossing the fields. Wildlife abounds here, and an interpretive sign in the field shows various animal tracks including elk, deer, and coyotes.
Over 3 miles of hiking trails wind throughout the park and down to the riverside. With 4,000 feet of freshwater shoreline along the Skagit River, Rasar is a good place for fishing. All five species of Pacific salmon run in the river, as well as steelhead trout. Check posted signs for seasonal information and restrictions. During fall and winter, bald eagles feed on chum salmon along the shore.
For those looking to extend their stay, Rasar State Park Campground offers a variety of options, from basic tent sites to RV hookups and cozy cabins.