Suiattle River

Coordinates: 48°20′17″N 121°32′55″W / 48.33806°N 121.54861°W / 48.33806; -121.54861
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Suiattle River
Suiattle River Crossing
Suiattle River is located in Washington (state)
Suiattle River
Location of the mouth of the Suiattle River in Washington
Suiattle River is located in the United States
Suiattle River
Suiattle River (the United States)
CountryUnited States
CountiesSkagit, Snohomish
Physical characteristics
SourceSuiattle Glacier
 • coordinates48°4′56″N 121°5′28″W / 48.08222°N 121.09111°W / 48.08222; -121.09111[1]
 • elevation6,077 ft (1,852 m)[2]
MouthSauk River
 • coordinates
48°20′17″N 121°32′55″W / 48.33806°N 121.54861°W / 48.33806; -121.54861[1]
 • elevation
377 ft (115 m)[3]
Length45 mi (72 km)[4]
 • locationUSGS gage 12129000, near Manford, WA[5]
 • average1,750 cu ft/s (50 m3/s)[5]
 • minimum430 cu ft/s (12 m3/s)
 • maximum30,700 cu ft/s (870 m3/s)
DesignatedNovember 10, 1978

The Suiattle River is a river in the U.S. state of Washington.


The Suiattle River originates from the Suiattle Glacier on the east slopes of Glacier Peak in the Cascade Range. It flows generally northwest to join the Sauk River north of Darrington. The Sauk River in turn joins the Skagit River, which empties into Skagit Bay, part of Puget Sound.[6] It is a National Wild and Scenic River.[7]


The Suiattle's largest tributaries include Chocolate Creek, entering the river's upper reaches, Dusty Creek, Sulpher Creek and Downey Creek. Image Lake is in the river's drainage basin.[8]

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  1. ^ a b U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Suiattle River
  2. ^ Source elevation derived from Google Earth search using GNIS source coordinates.
  3. ^ Mouth elevation derived from Google Earth search using GNIS source coordinates.
  4. ^ Length calculated in Google Earth using the path tool.
  5. ^ a b "Historical data, water years 1938-1949, for USGS gage 12129000, Suiattle River near Mansford, WA". USGS. Retrieved 3 August 2009.
  6. ^ "Washington Water Year 2005" (pdf). United States Geological Survey (USGS). 2005. Retrieved September 3, 2008.
  7. ^ "Skagit Wild and Scenic River, Washington". The Wild & Scenic Rivers Council. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 22 October 2011.
  8. ^ Spring, Ira; Manning, Harvey (1998). 100 Classic Hikes in Washington — Ira Spring, Harvey Manning — Google Books. pp. 94–95. ISBN 978-1-59485-384-5. Retrieved July 27, 2013. {{cite book}}: |work= ignored (help)

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