Welcome to the Float Snoqualmie blog.
The intent of this blog is to provide a clearing house for information about floating the Snoqualmie River – specifically the stretch from the Snoqualmie Falls to Fall City. The blog is created and maintained by Fall City resident Del Moore. I am affiliated with the Fall City Community Association and the Fall City Metropolitan Park District, but I need to make it clear that this blog is not sponsored or even approved by either of these or any other organization in Fall City!
So a little background: “Fall City” is not a city with any sort of municipal government. We have no sewer system, no public works dept or any other public agency normally associated with a “town”. As a result, all community activities are handled by volunteers including cleanup after floaters who in the past have typically exited the river at the SR-202 bridge in the middle of town. Without the infrastructure to handle the impact of hundreds of floaters on a sunny summer day we’ve been overwhelmed to say the least.
The issue came to a head in the summer of 2010 when a You Tube video seemed to cause our stretch of river to be “discovered”. As a result of that experience, a “River Float Task Force” was initiated to identify the problems and suggest solutions. Problems identified were generally related to trash, traffic, sanitation and safety. A plan was put in place which mostly addressed the trash for the 2011 floating season. Since the original effort in 2011, the “River Trash Program” has been managed by the Fall City Community Association, but for 2013 the program has been expanded to address traffic and sanitation with grant money from King County and is being transferred to the Fall City Metropolitan Park District.
Much of the “hands on” work of the program has been done by Nancy (wife) and myself. In the hours we’ve spent on the river we’ve found that, in spite of the common wisdom of many of the local residents, most of the floaters we’ve met are courteous and helpful, and willing to help keep our stretch of the river clean.
** Update for 2016 ** At the end of the 2015 floating season we realized the scope of the program to address problems associated with recreational use of the river had grown beyond our capabilities as volunteers. We asked for a funded agency to take over the program but without success. Fortunately, Simon Bryant, owner of Fall City Floating, stepped up and agreed to continue the program through the end of the 2016 floating season September 1st. Here’s a hearty “attaboy” to Simon and the folks at Fall City Floating.