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Skagit River
Washington Highway 20 North Cascades.jpg
Gorge Lake portion of the Skagit River in Washington
Map of the Skagit River drainage basin
Country Canada, United States
Region British Columbia, Washington
Cities Newhalem, Marblemount, Rockport, Concrete, Sedro-Woolley, Mount Vernon
Physical characteristics
Main source Allison Pass
E. C. Manning Provincial Park, British Columbia
4,480 ft (1,370 m)
River mouth Skagit forks near Puget Sound
Skagit City, Washington
10 ft (3.0 m)
Length 150 mi (240 km)
  • Location:
    Mount Vernon, WA, river mile 1 (rkm 1.6)
  • Minimum rate:
    3,050 cu ft/s (86 m3/s)
  • Average rate:
    16,530 cu ft/s (468 m3/s)
  • Maximum rate:
    180,000 cu ft/s (5,100 m3/s)
Basin features
Basin size 2,656 sq mi (6,880 km2)
Type: Scenic, Recreational
Designated: November 10, 1978

The Skagit River is a river in Canada and the United States. It flows about 120 miles (190 km) from British Columbia to the state of Washington, where it flows into the Pacific Ocean north of Seattle. The river begins by flowing south. It then enters North Cascades National Park, where it is dammed by Ross Dam, which forms Ross Lake, a reservoir. The river then leaves the lake and flows into Diablo Lake, also a reservoir. It then keeps flowing southwest through a deep river canyon, known as the Skagit Gorge. It then meets its largest tributary, the Sauk River, and then turns west. (The Sauk is about 45 miles long, flowing northwest.) After turing west, the Skagit parallels the North Cascades Highway, leaving the national park. It meets another tributary, the Baker River, from the north. (The Baker flows south about 30 miles and is dammed twice, in Baker Lake and Lake Shannon.) The river then flows out to the sea near Mount Vernon, Washington. The total extent of the basin is 1,505 square miles (3,900 square kilometers).

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