Marblemount Boat Launch

The Marblemount boat launch is available for all motorized and non-motorized boats for white water rafting, fishing or nature viewing along the Skagit River. A short trail from the parking area leads to viewpoints of the Cascade and Skagit Rivers. There is also a small parking area to the east that provides walking access to the east end of the trail and property. This is a popular launch in winter for rafts and drift boats accessing the Skagit River Bald Eagle Natural Area between Marblemount and Rockport. The Skagit River hosts one of the largest concentrations of wintering bald eagles in the continental United States.The launch will put you in at river mile 78.2.

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At a Glance

Open Season: January
Usage: Medium
Restrictions: A voluntary river closure is in effect from Dec. 26 - Feb. 28 from 5:00 am to 11:00am daily in order to limit impact on migratory bald eagles during their feeding time. The Forest Service recommends that boaters refrain from beaching their boats along the river between Marblemount bridge and Rockport bridge.
Closest Towns: Marblemount, Washington
Water: No drinking water available
Restroom: Vault
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Mt. Baker Ranger District, (360) 856-5700

General Information

General Notes:

The Marblemount Boat launch is the departure point for a popular winter float through the Skagit River Bald Eagle Natural Area. Guided trips with commercial outfitters are available. Parking is gravel with room for 40 vehicles. Boat trailer parking is available.


Gravel parking with room for 40+ vehicles. Boat trailer parking is available.


From Sedro-Woolley, WA, take WA-20 East for 40 miles. Cross the Skagit River bridge at the town of Marblemount, and continue onto the graveled Cascade River Road. The boat launch is on the right just after the bridge.

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