With summer in full swing, it’s time to take advantage of the long days and good flows for an overnight trip on the Sauk River! The Sauk is one of the few rivers in Washington that affords multi-day float opportunities.
In past years, we have run the Upper and Middle Sauk and the Lower Sauk, based on water levels. We will finalize plans as we get closer to the date, but the initial plan will be to put in at Bedal Campground on the NF Sauk early Saturday afternoon and take out at the Darrington mill bridge on Sunday afternoon.
Note that this is an overnight river trip, so you need to take your sleeping and eating gear on the boat. There’s no access to where we camp by car.
And just to find out who is paying attention, the theme for the evening is stuffed animals…
Every July, WRRR descends on the White Salmon River for a fun weekend of fast whitewater and sunshine! We meet at noon at the old Northwestern Lake takeout and then go up and launch from BZ Corner. We may have groups running the newly-opened section of the river where the lake used to be, but this will be subject to wood reports. Note that this new section contains a difficult class IV rapid.
Free camping for WRRR members in a beautiful setting. See the May Waterlog for details on camping.
Join us for the annual Carey Berger Memorial Poker Run! Camping opens Thursday night, and some people will boat on Friday, but the real fun begins on Saturday morning – buy your poker hands for $5 each at the put-in, and build your prize-winning hands as you float the river with your friends. At the end of the day, we have a great potluck and give out the prizes.
This is always a great family event.
We have two campgrounds: Lower Goodell Creek group camp is just across the road from the put-in, and is separated into two parts. The lower loop is for the partiers, and the upper loop should be quieter. If you really want peace and quiet, we also have Upper Goodell Creek group camp, which is an extra 10-minute drive (and not really suitable for trailers – keep this in mind).
NOTE: The map shows the put-in, not our group camps.
Camp with WRRR members, friends, and family on the sunny Tieton River! For the month of September, there are irrigation releases from Rimrock Lake, and boaters from all over flock to the Tieton to take advantage of it. Flows usually peak in the middle of the month, and we’ll be right there!
The Tieton is a Class 3+ run with continuous gradient, lots of rapids, few eddies, and a runnable dam. There will be trips leaving from the WRRR camping spot river right Friday through Sunday. For approximate launch times check the July Waterlog, WRRR Facebook page, or simply just show up!
Club members and friends camp for free on the Forest Service land in the same spot WRRR has been invading for years in the dustbowl. WRRR will provide clean, portable toilets, but there are no other amenities except what you bring (and some trees, rocks, river, etc.). Pack out what you bring and help WRRR and the other outfitters keep this area clean and open.
There will be a breakfast potluck on Sunday the 13th from 8:00-9:00 a.m. We will have the potluck by the group fire at the upper WRRR camp.
Keep in mind that some people may be cat people. 😉 So please keep dogs on a leash in the main camp area when unattended, and especially at dinner time.
And most importantly, be safe on the water! Know your skill level, bring proper gear, and be mindful of other boats on the water. The fast current of the Tieton and narrow banks will keep you on your toes from start to finish!
This event is subject to change of location and date.
We’re continuing the tradition of a Gear Swap and Repair Clinic for the October General Membership meeting. Come join us to find out who the candidates for the 2016 WRRR Board will be and have some fun with boats and gear.
Randy Rogers has generously offered his hanger to give our members space to repair and swap their gear. We are inviting you to bring your gear, and whatever supplies you will need….glue, D-rings, patches and valves, and we will attempt to fix it on the spot. We recommend you bring your repair kits. The club will supply some glue, but if you need a lot, bring your own. We encourage you to bring along any gear you no longer use to sell or trade to other club members. This can be a great opportunity to clear out your storage space and pick up some needed items. Even if it’s not in prime shape, it may be perfect for someone starting out.
We will be meeting at the Auburn Airport where Randy Rogers has a hangar that will be available to us for shelter. The address is 2527 “E” St. N.E., hangar # 503. There is a locked gate so if you have a trailer, you can contact Randy on his cell phone and he can open the gate to let you drive in. 206-669-1877
We will start at 11:00 am so we will have plenty of time for the glue to dry. WRRR will be providing pizza and you should provide you own beverages.
Rafting, Growlers, BBQ!!! We will meet at the river and BBQ at the takeout weather permitting. Camping is available at or trip leader’s house near Arlington 30-40 minutes from the Sauk river. We can move the BBQ there depending on group dynamic.
The Sauk is an excellent intermediate whitewater run. Depending on the flows it can be friendly or “mean and green”. Don’t hesitate to contact our trip leader if you’re not sure your up to it — he knows it well and can help you make the decision, and may even have room for you in his raft. We will eddy out more if new folks are on the run that day.
KEY TIMES: Meet at Darrington IGA at 10 a.m. We will decide then which takeout we’re taking and will drop off cars on the way upstream to Whitechuck.
Put-in launch time will be 11:15 a.m.
Takeout, run, shuttle, light BBQ!!! Bring your own food/drink.
Trip leader: email@example.com
Start the New Year boating with WRRR!
We meet at noon at Randy and Nancy’s house (22731 Dorre Don Ct SE, Maple Valley), and we put in at Landsburg. We have between 2 and 25 boaters, depending upon the flow (and maybe the weather, but it’s Washington, you know).
This year, we will be celebrating WRRR members who have passed on. Please bring your happy thoughts of your fellow boaters and enjoy the trip!
Brrrr! It’s cold and rainy and just right for a trip on the Tilton! The Tilton is a beautiful class III-IV canyon just west of Mt. Rainier. The first few miles are an easy warmup for the narrow and exciting gorge section. The rapids are challenging and fast – you have to stay on your toes on this run. There is a paddle out on the lake at the end, but it’s not too long and you’ll have plenty of time to talk about the awesome run you just had (and about whatever ridiculous thing happened to the club president this time…).
The group will camp at Ike Kinswa State Park, which is the takeout for the run. There are cabins you can reserve for the night if you’d rather not camp in the cold.
Meet at the takeout Saturday morning at 9:30 a.m. or camp out Friday night. If flows are high, or if there are people who just want an easier float, the Upper Tilton is a class II+-III run.
NOTE: Flows are expected to be high and there are reports of wood in critical places. Please check in with the group before going to the put-in.