The Skagit River is holding great this week, but the Skykomish and Sauk are both very low. Last weekends trips on the Skykomish were ran at under 800 cfs (cubic feet per second) and the Sauk is sitting at around 950cfs currently.
Boulder Drop became very interesting on the Skykomish as the slot between big and little house rock became very tricky, with a third boulder, which is typically submerged, now hitting the bottom of the rafts as they go through, causing most of them to get off course. The safety kayaks and on shore rescue personnel there have a much easier time as the water is running quite slowly at the pool below the rapid. We aren't currently taking reservations for the Skykomish, but we are forming a list so that if weather changes and rains or some other water source (is there any snow left?) bring the river up to runnable levels, we will let you know and make a trip out there. It's looking pretty hopeless, however, for the Skykomish this year. Every day that goes by, at this time, is not only a new record low (past 100 years has been recorded), but the new record lows are often less than half, or even 1/3 of the previously held record low. This is an unprecedented year for the Puget Sound snow basin, and thus it is an extraordinarily low year for the Skykomish. The trips we have had have been wonderful, with lower water the sun has more chance to warm it up, so where people normally are shivering, this year they are basking in the sun; so there are advantages.
The great sunny weather has made the Skagit trips funner than normal, with even higher than normal water temperatures (still cold though). The Skagit has seen good water levels around 4,000cfs (around average), and so the low water of all of the other rivers has no similarities to the Skagit.
The Sauk has been somewhat of a problem this year due to a log which is in the river. At this point it looks like the authorities plan on leaving the log in there until high water moves it (hopefully) out of the way by next winter or spring; we expect that to happen. We aren't currently taking reservations on the Sauk, but we do have a waiting list and if the weather changes and rains bring water levels high enough, we'll be in touch with all people on that list.
We are currently taking reservations for the Upper (SK5) and Lower (SK3) Skagit River sections. Please give us a call at (360) 510-1243 to reserve.