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Pets allowed
Yes
Guided tours
No
Backcountry camping
No
Lodging
No
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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.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Spring
Summer
Fall

Congestion

Low

Parking Pass

Washington Discovery Pass

Pros

Convenient from highway. Boat launch. Fishing.

Cons

Small.

Address

US-2
42920
Sultan, WA 98294
United States

Features

ADA accessible
Boat ramp(s)
Picnic tables
Fishing

Location

Field Guide + Map

Nearby Lodging + Camping

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