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Kayak and Canoe Rental Outfitters

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Kayak and canoe rental outfitter and shuttle service. Advanced reservations are required. Float Skagit launches from two locations in Skagit Valley. Relaxing, beautiful and quiet.

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The Skagit River

Route Maps

The route times run between 2 to 4 hours, or longer!

Along the leisurely paddle downstream, kayakers can make delightful stops at sand bars along the way, enhancing the overall experience.

You can view our routes on google maps.  

Things to know about your float route

The Skagit River, located in Washington State, is a pristine and scenic waterway known for its vibrant ecosystem and breathtaking landscapes. Flowing from the North Cascades to Puget Sound, the river supports diverse wildlife and is a vital habitat for salmon, making it a significant natural treasure in the Pacific Northwest.

During the summer, the lower stretch of the Skagit River in Washington State transforms into a leisurely and safe kayaking haven. With a gentle current, kayakers can effortlessly paddle along, enjoying the serene beauty of the surroundings at a comfortable pace of about 3 miles per hour. It offers a perfect opportunity for a tranquil river adventure amidst the picturesque landscapes.

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Before embarking on the kayak journey, participants will receive a comprehensive briefing covering kayak basics, the planned route, and designated pickup locations. 

Wildlife

The Skagit River's diverse ecosystem supports a rich variety of flora and fauna, contributing to the region's natural beauty and ecological significance.

Notable species include:

River Otters: Playful and agile, river otters are common inhabitants of the Skagit.

Beavers: Known for their dam-building activities, beavers can be found in the Skagit's riparian habitats.

Black-tailed Deer: Terrestrial wildlife, such as black-tailed deer, roam the river's surrounding forests.

Harbor Seals: Due to our proximity to the Puget Sound, it's not uncommon for us to frequently them along all routes.  They contribute to the region's coastal allure with their sleek, mottled coats and playful presence near shorelines and rocky outcrops.

Raccoons:  Easily recognizable with their distinctive black mask across their eyes and ringed tails, these adaptable and intelligent mammals are often observed using their dexterous front paws foraging along the water's edge.  Their showcasing their resourcefulness and adaptability to various habitats in the region.

Notable bird species:

The Skagit River in Washington State is home to a diverse array of bird species, especially during various seasons, making it a popular destination for birdwatching. Birdwatching along the Skagit River provides an opportunity to witness a rich variety of avian life, both resident and migratory, adding to the natural beauty of the area.

Bald Eagle: The Skagit River is known for hosting a significant winter congregation of bald eagles, attracted by the salmon runs.

Osprey: These birds of prey can be seen hunting for fish along the river, often nesting on platforms erected specifically for them.

Great Blue Heron: These tall wading birds are commonly found along the riverbanks, patiently waiting to catch fish.

Kingfisher: Belted Kingfishers are known for their distinctive rattling calls and can be spotted perched near the water, hunting for small fish.

Waterfowl: Various waterfowl species inhabit the river, including ducks such as Mallards, Northern Pintails, and Common Mergansers.

Sandpipers and Plovers: During migratory seasons, these shorebirds can be seen foraging along the riverbanks.

Swallows: Tree Swallows, Barn Swallows, and Violet-green Swallows are among the species that swoop and dart over the water in search of insects.

Songbirds: Robins, Warblers, and Sparrows can be found in the riparian vegetation along the river.

 

Notable fish species:

The Skagit River in Washington is home to a diverse array of fish species.

Salmon: Including Chinook, coho, and pink salmon, thrive in the river, making it a crucial habitat for their spawning.

Steelhead and bull trout also inhabit the Skagit, contributing to its rich and varied aquatic ecosystem.

Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife   Website   Recreational Fishing License

Fishing Regulations - Annual Fishing Pamphlet,  Fish Washington mobile app

Frequently Asked Questions

WHAT SHOULD I BRING?

It is best to be prepared for the elements. Dress in layers you can always stow them inside or on the back of the boat.  
Provided
: Paddle - Personal flotation device - Signaling whistle 
Bring: Dry bag for personal items * Waterproof cell phone pouch * Sunscreen * towel * Water and beverages Food and snacks Layers of clothes Swimwear and sunglasses Small first aid kit Fishing license / gear

WILL I GET WET?

Yes, your feet are likely to get wet when launching into the water. A small amount of water may accumulate inside your kayak and your paddles and people paddling around you are likely to splash you as well.

DO I NEED EXPERIENCE? 

You don’t need any experience to get started kayaking, and you can easily pick it up. It is important you know how to swim or wear a life jacket if you can’t swim. The river bank or another kayak is usually not that far away.

DO I NEED TO BE IN SHAPE?

Kayaking is a sport and does involve exercise. Nevertheless, the more you kayak, you are sure to get into better shape, which will lead to longer sessions on the water. The Skagit River in the summer moves pretty slow and the current will take you to your destination, however some paddling will be required to maneuver

WILL I CAPSIZE A LOT?

It is infrequent that kayaks capsize, and when it does, it is often due to people acting inappropriately or a sudden or uneven distribution of weight. Some kayaks will have a maximum weight limit as excess weight can lead the kayak to capsize.

IS IT SAFE FOR CHILDREN?

Kayaking is definitely safe for children, and with our two-person kayaks for rent, you can easily keep an eye on them. We advise that children go kayaking when they are of an age where they can understand and follow instructions.

WHAT IF THE WEATHER IS BAD?

Kayaking can be an all-weather activity. Though best enjoyed on warm days in summer, you can still enjoy getting out on the water when it is cold, overcast or raining. Nevertheless, if river conditions appear to be unsafe, the trip will canceled and a full refund will be issued.

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OUR STORY

Welcome to FLOAT SKAGIT. We are a small family owned business located in the heart of the Skagit Valley, specializing in equipment rental and shuttle service to popular drop off points on the lower Skagit river. We offer 5 to 12 mile trips as well as fully customizable options to take the stress out of enjoying the beautiful Pacific Northwest waterways.

 

If you are interested in one of our daily canoe or kayak trips, we encourage you to utilize our "BOOK NOW" feature located at the top of the page, however if you need special accommodations, such as pick up and drop off from a private residence or kayak delivery to a local lake, please contact us directly to check availability.

Thanks again for choosing FLOAT SKAGIT!  We look forward to seeing you this summer and appreciate your business!!

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19041 Beaver Marsh Road,

Mount Vernon, WA

360-929-4446

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