Cascade River (Washington)

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Coordinates: 48°31′25″N 121°25′47″W / 48.52361°N 121.42972°W / 48.52361; -121.42972
Cascade River
Country United States
State Washington
County Skagit
Source Confluence of Middle and South Forks
 - location North Cascades
 - coordinates 48°27′45″N 121°9′50″W / 48.46250°N 121.16389°W / 48.46250; -121.16389 [1]
Mouth Skagit River
 - location Marblemount
 - coordinates 48°31′25″N 121°25′47″W / 48.52361°N 121.42972°W / 48.52361; -121.42972 [1]
Location of the mouth of the Cascade River in Washington

The Cascade River is a river in the U.S. state of Washington. It is a tributary of the Skagit River which it joins at the city of Marblemount.[1] It is a National Wild and Scenic River.[2]

South Fork[edit]

The South Fork originates from South Cascade Lake and flows west briefly before turning north quickly and flowing in that direction until it converges with the Middle Fork to form the Cascade River Proper. About halfway between its source and its mouth the river flows through a gorge called Box Canyon.

Middle Fork[edit]

The Middle Fork begins at the toe of the Middle Cascade Glacier. It flows briefly north, then west to join the South Fork, forming the Cascade River Proper. The river drops over Gemini Falls just above its mouth.[3][4]

North Fork[edit]

The North Fork originates at Cascade Pass, flows north briefly and then does a wide 180 degree turn until it reaches the Cascade River proper. It picks up several large glacier fed streams shortly below its source.

Cascade River Proper[edit]

Beginning at the confluence of the South and Middle Forks, the Cascade River flows north before turning west just before the North Fork enters then turning northwest. At the mouth of Marble Creek, the river turns west again until its confluence with the Skagit.

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