River Database

A database of the whitewater reaches used by paddlers in British Columbia.

Why do we maintain this database?

BC Whitewater maintains this database for two reasons. First and foremost, we need to be able to document use in order to advocate for our rivers. Whether it's fighting a dam proposal or campaigning for continued access, it's critical that we're able to say, whitewater paddlers use this river -- and we can prove it. Second, we maintain it as a service for our membership. There are many invaluable guidebooks for whitewater in BC and we aren't trying to replace them; instead, we hope this resource can complement them in enabling paddlers to explore and enjoy our province's amazing whitewater.

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Reach Class Region Gauge

Adam River
(III+ with one optional V-)

Short quality intermediate granite canyon
III+ with one optional V- Vancouver Island 123.0cms↓ (Apr 21 13:10)

Alsek River
(III-IV (V through Turnback Canyon))

One of the most spectacular northern wilderness trips in the world. Challenging logistics, epic glaciers.
III-IV (V through Turnback Canyon) Northwest 63.2cms↑ (Apr 21 13:05)

Ashlu Creek - Bottom Mile
(V)

The last hurrah of the Ashlu. Steep boulder piles that equate to difficult but good kayaking.
V South Coast 3.38cms↓ (Apr 21 14:27)

Ashlu Creek - Box Canyon
(V)

The signature run of southwest BC - clean bedrock in a deep box canyon.
V South Coast 3.38cms↓ (Apr 21 14:27)

Ashlu Creek - Mine Run
(IV-V at medium levels.)

An under-rated classic - bedrock rapids, many big holes.
IV-V at medium levels. South Coast 3.38cms↓ (Apr 21 14:27)

Ashnola River
(IV)

Continuous river running in the hot and sunny Okanagan area of south central BC.
IV Thompson/Okanagan 17.7cms↑ (Apr 21 13:10)

Babine River
(III+-IV)

A classic, class 3/4 wilderness multiday. Big water on the Skeena.
III+-IV Northwest 0.493m↓ (Apr 21 13:55)

Big Creek - Lower
(III-V (P))

Scrappy, dangerous whitewater through a remote canyon
III-V (P) Cariboo 6.82cms↓ (Apr 21 13:10)

Big Silver Creek - Middle
(V)

Very committing granite gorge with big rapids, marginal waterfalls and hard portages.
V South Coast 2.04cms↓ (Apr 21 14:47)

Big Silver Creek - Upper
(IV-IV+ at medium levels)

Boulder rapids in deep gorges, one clean waterfall. Fantastic scenery.
IV-IV+ at medium levels South Coast 51.5cms↓ (Apr 21 13:10)

Birkenhead River - Upper
(IV-V at medium, V at medium-high and up.)

Endless, top notch boulder drops that only get better as the run progresses.
IV-V at medium, V at medium-high and up. South Coast

Blaeberry River - Split Creek to Thompson Falls
(III+ to IV )

A seldom run, but decent quality intermediate run.
III+ to IV Kootenay/Boundary 7.27cms↓ (Apr 21 13:30)

Blaeberry River - Thompson Falls Section
(IV+ to V)

2 short canyons. The first is a gorgeous class 2 slot canyon, the second is a short but intense class 5 canyon followed by a bit of class 3 run out.
IV+ to V Kootenay/Boundary 7.27cms↓ (Apr 21 13:30)

Bobbie Burns Creek into Spillimacheen River
(III+ to IV (V))

Lovely class 4 river running. Starts out as boulder gardens, slowly changing into bedrock rapids as the run progresses.
III+ to IV (V) Kootenay/Boundary 10.7cms↓ (Apr 21 13:30)

Boston Bar Creek
(IV)

A park and huck next to the Coquihalla Highway
IV South Coast 8.04cms↑ (Apr 21 13:35)

Brittania Creek
(IV-V)

A roadside double drop park and huck attraction with easy access and a sketchy take out.
IV-V South Coast

Callaghan Creek
(IV-V at medium levels.)

Whistler's ultra classic. Clean waterfalls, bedrock and boulder gardens.
IV-V at medium levels. South Coast

Cameron River
(IV at medium levels)

Excellent river-running with small canyons and bedrock rapids.
IV at medium levels Vancouver Island

Capilano River
(III)

A short run in North Vancouver flowing through a scenic canyon with easy whitewater.
III South Coast 29.799cms↓ (Apr 21 14:45)

Cascade Creek
(IV-V (V+))

Steep, manky boulder rapids, a good bedrock canyon and some enormous waterfalls at the take out.
IV-V (V+) South Coast

Cayoosh Creek
(IV+ at medium levels.)

Nice river running through a deep, arid canyon. Classic scenery and good whitewater.
IV+ at medium levels. South Coast

Cheakamus River - Balls To The Wall
(IV-IV+)

Extension of the Upper Cheak - great class IV-IV+ river running, and a bonus waterfall. Some wood.
IV-IV+ South Coast 2.041m↓ (Apr 21 13:50)

Cheakamus River - Daisy Lake Canyon
(V at medium levels.)

The hardest regularly run section of the Cheak - excellent boating in a good canyon with a few gnarly spots.
V at medium levels. South Coast 2.041m↓ (Apr 21 13:50)

Cheakamus River - Dam Run
(III)

A fun, roadside class III with a short portage around a class V rapid. Runnable year round.
III South Coast 25.7cms↓ (Apr 21 13:50)

Cheakamus River - Upper
(IV at 2.5, continuous. Gets harder as levels rise.)

Classic. Continuous river running at its finest.
IV at 2.5, continuous. Gets harder as levels rise. South Coast 2.041m↓ (Apr 21 13:50)

Chehalis River - Lower (aka Statlu-Chehalis)
(III-IV-)

The best intermediate run in the Fraser Valley, down a wilderness canyon
III-IV- South Coast

Chehalis River - Upper
(IV with optional V)

A full day adventure through a series of canyons
IV with optional V South Coast

Chemainus River - Copper Canyon
(III-IV+ at medium levels.)

Good moderate difficulty whitewater with some beautiful canyons.
III-IV+ at medium levels. Vancouver Island 16.6cms↓ (Apr 21 13:20)

Chilliwack Canyon - Camp Foley to Slesse
(III-IV low, IV- medium, IV high)

Pool-drop at low and medium, continuous at higher levels, bedrock and boulder gardens, medium volume river
III-IV low, IV- medium, IV high South Coast 39.6cms↓ (Apr 21 13:05)

Chilliwack River - Pointa Vista to Vedder Bridge
(II)

Braided gravel bed, pool drop, medium volume
II South Coast 39.6cms↓ (Apr 21 13:05)

Chilliwack River – Post Creek to Camp Foley
(III+)

Continuous boulder gardens, medium volum, rarely paddled, watch for wood.
III+ South Coast 39.6cms↓ (Apr 21 13:05)

Chilliwack River - Slesse to Tamihi
(III, one IV- @ Tamihi)

Gravel bars, pool drop, some floating
III, one IV- @ Tamihi South Coast 39.6cms↓ (Apr 21 13:05)

Chilliwack River - Tamihi to Pointa Vista
(III, one IV- @ Tamihi)

Some continuous boulder gardens especially at higher levels, pool drop, gravel bed, medium volume.
III, one IV- @ Tamihi South Coast 39.6cms↓ (Apr 21 13:05)

Clendinning Creek
(IV-V)

Quality 2 day boulder run with very continuous whitewater and stunning scenery.
IV-V South Coast 113.0cms↓ (Apr 21 13:45)

Clore River - Grand Canyon
(IV-V)

A classic fly in multiday. Steep, continuous rapids in a deep canyon with cheap and easy logistics.
IV-V North Coast 168.0cms↑ (Apr 21 13:40)

Coquihalla River
(III+)

Continuous boulder gardens, pool-drop, gravel bed, short bedrock canyon, some floating sections, medium volume.
III+ South Coast 60.7cms↓ (Apr 21 13:05)

Coquitlam
(III (IV-))

'Novelty' run. A few boulder gardens, gravel bars and flat water. Rarely paddled because its usually too low. Watch for wood.
III (IV-) South Coast 8.42cms↑ (Apr 21 13:55)

Cowichan River - Marie Canyon
(III)

The bread and butter run of the south Island. Consistently flowing class III canyon.
III Vancouver Island 26.6cms↓ (Apr 21 13:05)

Dipper Creek
(V+)

Big waterfalls, mandatory class V, huge commitment. Top tier adventure boating in a fantastic canyon.
V+ South Coast 222.0cms↓ (Apr 21 13:50)

East Boulder Creek
(IV+ to V, level dependent.)

A fantastic steep creek.
IV+ to V, level dependent. North Coast

Elaho River - Fear Canyon
(IV-V depending on level)

A big river with many faces. Best known as a class IV-V big water run.
IV-V depending on level South Coast 113.0cms↓ (Apr 21 13:45)

Elaho River - Upper
(IV-V)

A late season canyon run with fun whitewater at the end of the road in the Elaho Valley.
IV-V South Coast 113.0cms↓ (Apr 21 13:45)

Elk River - Middle
(IV)

Great moderate whitewater in a classic Rockies canyon.
IV Kootenay/Boundary 29.2cms↑ (Apr 21 13:40)

Elk River - Upper
(V)

A short, stout run with challenging rapids and a clean 35 foot waterfall.
V Kootenay/Boundary 29.2cms↑ (Apr 21 13:40)

Fraser River – Alexandra Bridge to Yale
(II-III, one IV-)

Huge volume, pool drop, big crashing waves and swirly eddies, lots of floating. The road is high above the river and accessible only in a few spots.
II-III, one IV- South Coast 3440.0cms↓ (Apr 21 13:10)

Furry Creek
(V-V+)

Short and stout park-n-huck waterfalls.
V-V+ South Coast

Gamsby River
(III-V)

Ultra-classic, coastal wilderness multiday. 3 days of white water. 2 days of flat.
III-V North Coast

Gilttoyees Creek
(IV-V)

Coastal wilderness adventure with breathtaking scenery. The whitewater is good but not classic.
IV-V North Coast

Gordon River - Flood Run
(III-IV (V).)

A high water alternative to paddle when everything on the southern Island is flooding.
III-IV (V). Vancouver Island 1.74cms↓ (Apr 21 12:20)

Gordon River - Middle Gordon
(IV-V)

Good pool-drop whitewater with big ledges and clean rapids.
IV-V Vancouver Island 1.74cms↓ (Apr 21 12:20)

Gordon River - Upper Gordon
(IV at medium water.)

Bedrock pool-drop. Fun, clean rapids and clear water.
IV at medium water. Vancouver Island 1.74cms↓ (Apr 21 12:20)

Grand Canyon of the Stikine
(V)

The most famous class 5 multiday in North America. Big volume paddling in a spectacular, committing canyon.
V Northwest 200.0cms↓ (Apr 21 12:20)

Granite Creek
(V)

Waterfalls. A great waterfall run with some boulder rapids and a lot of wood.
V Vancouver Island 0.597cms↓ (Apr 21 13:15)

Green River - Middle
(IV-V)

Surprisingly good whitewater on a Whistler run that sees little traffic. Often tragically infested with wood.
IV-V South Coast

Gun Creek
(III-IV. Slightly stressful because of wood, and a lack of good eddies.)

A 12 km long rapid. Very continuous and splashy whitewater in a beautiful part of BC.
III-IV. Slightly stressful because of wood, and a lack of good eddies. South Coast

Harris Creek - Canyon
(IV-V)

A short run in a small canyon on the southern end of Vancouver Island. Nice class IV-V boating.
IV-V Vancouver Island 1.74cms↓ (Apr 21 12:20)

Heber River - Lower
(IV-V (P))

A box canyon ending at a baseball diamond
IV-V (P) Vancouver Island 142.0cms↓ (Apr 21 13:15)

Hirsch Creek
(V)

Great whitewater with a deep and committing canyon. Beautiful scenery.
V North Coast 38.8cms↑ (Apr 21 13:00)

Homathko River
(V (V+))

Big water wilderness multiday trip - world class.
V (V+) Central Coast 120.0cms↓ (Apr 21 13:15)

Hurley River - Canyon
(V)

An impressive canyon with good class V whitewater. A different feel from the typical Coast Mountain rivers.
V South Coast 10.1cms↓ (Apr 21 13:20)

Iskut River
(IV-V)

A fantastic northern BC multiday with a long hike out.
IV-V Northwest 307.0cms↓ (Apr 21 13:25)

Khtada River
(V)

A classic North Coast hike in mission. Large bedrock slides and rapids in the rainforest.
V North Coast

Kicking Horse River - Kicking Horse Rest Area to Lower Canyon
(V)

Continuous, steep river running.
V Kootenay/Boundary 11.5cms↑ (Apr 21 13:30)

Kicking Horse River - Lower Canyon to Downtown Golden
(IV)

Classic, continuous river running. Fast, surging waves, powerful holes, satisfying eddies to play with.
IV Kootenay/Boundary 11.5cms↑ (Apr 21 13:30)

Kitsumkalum (Kalum) River
(III+ to IV. Pushy at high water - a swim would be unpleasant.)

Big water play run. At high water, one of the best play runs in BC.
III+ to IV. Pushy at high water - a swim would be unpleasant. North Coast 150.0cms↓ (Apr 21 13:05)

Kleanza Creek
(IV-V)

A fantastic North Coast creek run. High caliber whitewater with a deep and beautiful bedrock canyon. Wood is a common problem.
IV-V North Coast

Kokish River
(V at medium levels.)

One of the greatest class V runs on the Island. A lengthy river full of complex boulder rapids in a lush canyon. Unfortunately it is dewatered for an IPP.
V at medium levels. Vancouver Island Kokish

Koksilah River - Canyon
(III-IV (with one often portaged IV+))

A good introductory creeking run near Victoria
III-IV (with one often portaged IV+) Vancouver Island 3.25cms↑ (Apr 21 13:10)

Lens Creek
(IV-V at low to medium flows)

A local favorite on southern Vancouver Island. An adventurous day of rapids, shuttling and portaging.
IV-V at low to medium flows Vancouver Island 1.74cms↓ (Apr 21 12:20)

Little Qualicum Falls
(V)

An exciting double drop draped in mystical Vancouver Island rainforest.
V Vancouver Island 6.98cms↑ (Apr 21 13:20)

Lynn Creek
(III at low levels, IV when the water is high.)

A popular urban run with a picturesque canyon and fun rapids. Optional waterfall at the start.
III at low levels, IV when the water is high. South Coast

Mamquam River - Mamquam Falls
(V)

One of the world's most sought after big waterfalls, and one of the whitewater crown jewels of the Sea to Sky.
V South Coast 26.6cms↑ (Apr 21 13:05)

Mamquam River - Upper
(III-IV)

A fun and scenic class III+ stretch on the Upper Mamquam. The last two kilometres are class IV.
III-IV South Coast 26.6cms↑ (Apr 21 13:05)

McGregor Canyon
(IV+-V)

A really nice 5km (ish) canyon located northeast of Prince George. Great character to the whitewater.
IV+-V Omineca 236.0cms↓ (Apr 21 13:20)

Meager Creek - Lower
(IV(+), very continuous)

A glacial read and run blitz underneath one of Canada's most unstable volcanoes.
IV(+), very continuous South Coast 107.0cms↓ (Apr 21 13:35)

Middle Memekay River
(III+ with one IV)

Nice long intermediate canyon run from a small creek down into a river.
III+ with one IV Vancouver Island 123.0cms↓ (Apr 21 13:10)

Nahatlach River – Francis Lake to Apocynum Campground
(III+(IV))

Medium volume, continuous boulder gardens, big holes, lots of fun.
III+(IV) South Coast 51.5cms↓ (Apr 21 13:10)

Nahatlatch River - Canyon
(IV at medium levels.)

A short but fun medium volume run on the dry side of the Coast Mountains.
IV at medium levels. South Coast 51.5cms↓ (Apr 21 13:10)

Nass River
(III-V)

Everything from a 5-6 day wilderness trip to a big water play run.
III-V Northwest 925.0cms↑ (Apr 21 13:15)

Norrish Creek
(IV-IV+ at medium levels. Mainly class III-IV but one unportagable rapid is tricky and dangerous.)

Clean-ish boulders and bedrock with some very tight and deep canyons.
IV-IV+ at medium levels. Mainly class III-IV but one unportagable rapid is tricky and dangerous. South Coast

North Stein River
(V+)

Remote, multiday, hike in, hard core creeking. Includes a pleasant paddle out on the main Stein.
V+ South Coast

Pamela Creek
(IV-V)

One of the better creeks in Gold River - excellent bedrock ledges and waterfalls, with some classic Island mank.
IV-V Vancouver Island 142.0cms↓ (Apr 21 13:15)

Prospect Creek
(IV)

A creeky alternate entrance to Spius Creek; scenic but manky
IV Thompson/Okanagan 28.9cms↑ (Apr 21 13:50)

Rogers Creek
(IV-V)

Short run in an amazing gorge - includes the famous triple falls.
IV-V South Coast

Rutherford Creek
(Continuous class IV-V, class V at higher levels.)

Continuous boulder rapids studded with some classic bedrock drops.
Continuous class IV-V, class V at higher levels. South Coast 7.02cms↑ (Apr 21 14:51)

Ryan River - Upper
(V)

Very steep boulder run - a hike-in day trip. Hard kayaking.
V South Coast 107.0cms↓ (Apr 21 13:35)

Seton River
(II+)

A quick cool down in Lillooet.
II+ South Coast 115.0cms↑ (Apr 21 13:50)

Seymour River Canyon
(Highly level dependent - ranges from fun class IV to raging class V.)

Classic kayaking in a deep box canyon. You would never know it's in the heart of North Van.
Highly level dependent - ranges from fun class IV to raging class V. South Coast 19.036cms↓ (Apr 21 14:45)

Seymour River - Lower run
(II (III- at high levels))

Easy boulder gardens and gravel bars. Many boulder gardens, gravel bed, low volume; can be a challenge for beginners.
II (III- at high levels) South Coast 0.989m↓ (Apr 21 14:45)

Seymour River – Upper Run
(III-)

Pool-drop, some flat sections, gravel bed, low volume
III- South Coast 19.036cms↓ (Apr 21 14:45)

Silverhope Creek
(IV-IV+ to V, depending on the put in and take out used.)

A good quality boulder run with tons of fun boogie.
IV-IV+ to V, depending on the put in and take out used. South Coast

Skookumchuck
(III, massive volume.)

Classic tidal rapid surfing. Character changes with the speed of the current. Awesome surroundings.
III, massive volume. South Coast

Skookumchuck creek
(III+-IV )

16 km of high quality whitewater. River running at medium-high water with more of a creeky feel at medium-low water.
III+-IV Kootenay/Boundary

Skookum Creek
(V)

Big, clean waterfalls and tight canyons.
V South Coast 26.6cms↑ (Apr 21 13:05)

Slesse Creek
(III with a short IV- canyon)

Low volume, gravel bed, many boulder gardens with a short narrow canyon section (“Keyhole Canyon”).
III with a short IV- canyon South Coast 39.6cms↓ (Apr 21 13:05)

Snowcap Creek
(III-V)

An obscure run near Rogers Creek with good whitewater and a short, hard to scout canyon in the middle.
III-V South Coast 11.6cms↓ (Apr 21 13:50)

Soo River
(IV at medium levels, somewhat continuous. Tolerates high water very well, but becomes class V.)

Fun river running in a small valley.
IV at medium levels, somewhat continuous. Tolerates high water very well, but becomes class V. South Coast

Soo River - Railroad Canyon
(V)

A short, stout addition to the classic section of the Soo. Easy access canyon with big holes.
V South Coast

Spillimacheen
(V)

Short and sweet, Spilli has 5 major rapids with quality boogie water in between.
V Kootenay/Boundary 10.7cms↓ (Apr 21 13:30)

Squamish River - Upper
(III-IV boating through some significant canyons.)

Amazing canyons - unless you're brave, it's an early or late season scenery trip.
III-IV boating through some significant canyons. South Coast 222.0cms↓ (Apr 21 13:50)

Statlu Creek - Statlu Canyon
(V at medium levels.)

Short but high quality, creamy smooth granite bedrock and boulders deep in the Fraser Valley.
V at medium levels. South Coast

Stave River
(V (V+ to VI))

Stout southwest BC multi-day kayaking. There's unrealized opportunity to go big in there.
V (V+ to VI) South Coast 37.8cms↓ (Apr 21 13:45)

Stawamus River
(III (V))

A short novelty run in Squamish that's fun when everything in the area is running high.
III (V) South Coast 3.38cms↑ (Apr 21 13:35)

Stein River - Multiday Trip
(IV-IV+, V at high water)

A nice multiday trip on the arid side of the Coast Mountains. Expect a lot of portages caused by wood.
IV-IV+, V at high water South Coast

St. Leon Creek
(V)

A steep, small creek with hectic boogie interspersed with some big, clean bedrock drops.
V Kootenay/Boundary

Tatlow Creek
(V)

One of the best class V runs in SW BC. Waterfalls, slides, electric blue water and difficult access.
V South Coast 3.38cms↓ (Apr 21 14:27)

Thompson River
(III, big water.)

Big water boating in a warm climate with some play opportunities. Interesting scenery.
III, big water. South Coast 474.0cms↓ (Apr 21 13:20)

Thompson River – Goldpan to Frog
(III-)

Lots of flat water with some powerful eddylines, whirlpools and a few waves, huge volume river.
III- Thompson/Okanagan 474.0cms↓ (Apr 21 13:20)

Trout Creek
(IV+)

A microcreeking epic in wine country, tragically clogged with wood
IV+ Thompson/Okanagan 0.591cms↓ (Apr 21 13:15)

Tutshi River
(III-IV at low water, IV-V at high water)

Fantastic big volume creeking. The best and most accessible whitewater out of Whitehorse, Yukon.
III-IV at low water, IV-V at high water Northwest

Ucona River - Upper
(IV with optional V)

Technical waterfalls through coastal rainforest
IV with optional V Vancouver Island 142.0cms↓ (Apr 21 13:15)

Upana River
(IV+ to V)

A short creek run in Gold River with a blind 20 footer
IV+ to V Vancouver Island 142.0cms↓ (Apr 21 13:15)

White River - Canyon
(IV-V)

Classic lappable north Island canyon
IV-V Vancouver Island 123.0cms↓ (Apr 21 13:10)

White River - Lower
(III)

A good intermediate canyon right off the north Island highway
III Vancouver Island 123.0cms↓ (Apr 21 13:10)

White River - Upper
(III-IV (P))

Moderate whitewater but with a difficult portage. The fly in the ointment of the White River drainage
III-IV (P) Vancouver Island 123.0cms↓ (Apr 21 13:10)

Williams Creek
(IV-V)

The local home run, with high quality smooth granite boulders and bedrock.
IV-V North Coast

Yoho
(V)

Classic whitewater in an intimidating canyon.
V Kootenay/Boundary 11.5cms↑ (Apr 21 13:30)