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7/24/2014-Up the Creek 

So I doubt many of you are all that familiar with the upper reaches of the Snohomish River, and I imagine even fewer of you care, but personally I find it to be a pretty fascinating body of water. The Snohomish empties into the Sound in Everett, and originates a little shy of Monroe about 25 miles upriver. That's where the Skykomish and the Snoqualmie merge to form the Mighty Snohomish.

Up to the town of Snohomish, about 15 miles upriver, it's fairly deep. You can get the Driftwood up to Snohomish, for example, without worrying about the depth too much, provided you go at high tide. At low water you can still pull it off, but you have to watch. Beyond Snohomish you start to run into a great many gravel banks and there are a number of spots where you've got two feet of water at the most, but of course that depends a lot on how much it's been raining.

Interestingly there used to be pretty large sternwheelers that would run all the way up the river to Tolt, which is way the hell and gone up the Snoqualmie. There was one in particular called the Black Prince that used to make that trip quite frequently. It was 115' or so long if I'm not mistaken, so it's not like it was a small vessel by any means. That's the thing with a sternwheeler though is that they'll often only draw 24" or so, making them suitable for all sorts of spots where you couldn't take a normal boat.

About the only clue to all that that you could find these days is the one railroad bridge in Snohomish, which if you look close is a drawbridge. That's how I tumbled to all this originally come to think of it. I saw that and wondered to myself, why the hell is there a drawbridge way up here, where no commercial vessels ever come. A little sleuthing on the "internet" and the story pieced itself together.

In other Snohomish County related news, some of you may be interested in the link below. I think it's pretty self explanatory, so I'll just throw the link in there and let you have at it. Take care, Brian

Tugboat Captain:Up the Creek


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