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

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 800.0cms↑ (Aug 7 05:05)

Ashlu Creek - Bottom Mile
(V)

The last hurrah of the Ashlu. Steep boulder piles that equate to difficult but good kayaking.
V South Coast 8.07cms↓ (Aug 7 06:48)

Ashlu Creek - Box Canyon
(V)

The signature run of southwest BC - clean bedrock in a deep box canyon.
V South Coast 8.07cms↓ (Aug 7 06:48)

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 8.07cms↓ (Aug 7 06:48)

Ashnola River
(IV)

Continuous river running in the hot and sunny Okanagan area of south central BC.
IV Thompson/Okanagan 4.37cms↑ (Aug 7 05:10)

Big Silver Creek - Middle
(V)

Very committing granite gorge with big rapids, marginal waterfalls and hard portages.
V South Coast 2.21cms↓ (Aug 7 06:51)

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 36.0cms↑ (Aug 7 05:10)

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

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 1.488cms↓ (Aug 7 06:45)

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 2.546m↓ (Aug 7 05:50)

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 2.546m↓ (Aug 7 05:50)

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 46.9cms↑ (Aug 7 05:50)

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 2.546m↓ (Aug 7 05:50)

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

Good moderate difficulty whitewater with some beautiful canyons.
III-IV+ at medium levels. Vancouver Island 0.913cms↓ (Aug 7 05:20)

Clendinning Creek
(IV-V)

Quality 2 day boulder run with very continuous whitewater and stunning scenery.
IV-V South Coast 225.0cms↓ (Aug 7 05:45)

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 134.0cms↑ (Aug 7 05:40)

Dipper Creek
(V+)

Big waterfalls, mandatory class V, huge commitment. Top tier adventure boating in a fantastic canyon.
V+ South Coast 456.0cms↓ (Aug 7 05:50)

East Boulder Creek
(4+ to 5, level dependent.)

A fantastic steep creek.
4+ to 5, 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 225.0cms↓ (Aug 7 05:45)

Elaho River - Upper
(IV-V)

IV-V South Coast 225.0cms↓ (Aug 7 05:45)

Elk River - Middle
(IV)

Great moderate whitewater in a classic Rockies canyon.
IV Kootenay/Boundary 41.0cms↓ (Aug 7 05:40)

Elk River - Upper
(V)

A short, stout run with challenging rapids and a clean 35 foot waterfall.
V Kootenay/Boundary 41.0cms↓ (Aug 7 05:40)

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 0.087cms↓ (Aug 7 03:20)

Gordon River - Middle Gordon
(IV-V)

Good pool-drop whitewater with big ledges and clean rapids.
IV-V Vancouver Island 0.087cms↓ (Aug 7 03:20)

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

Bedrock pool-drop. Fun, clean rapids and clear water.
IV at medium water. Vancouver Island 0.087cms↓ (Aug 7 03:20)

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 773.0cms↓ (Aug 7 03:20)

Granite Creek
(V)

Waterfalls. A great waterfall run with some boulder rapids and a lot of wood.
V Vancouver Island 0.082cms↓ (Aug 7 05:15)

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 0.087cms↓ (Aug 7 03:20)

Hisrch Creek
(V)

Great whitewater with a deep and committing canyon. Beautiful scenery.
V North Coast 23.5cms↑ (Aug 7 05:00)

Homathko River
(V (V+))

Big water wilderness multiday trip - world class.
V (V+) Central Coast 650.0cms↓ (Aug 7 05:15)

Hurley River - Canyon
(V)

An impressive canyon with good class V whitewater. A different feel from the typical Coast Mountain rivers.
V South Coast 16.7cms↓ (Aug 7 05:20)

Iskut River
(IV-V)

A fantastic northern BC multiday with a long hike out.
IV-V Northwest 864.0cms↑ (Aug 7 05:25)

Khtada River
(V)

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

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 306.0cms↓ (Aug 7 05:05)

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

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 0.087cms↓ (Aug 7 03:20)

Little Qualicum Falls
(V)

An exciting double drop draped in mystical Vancouver Island rainforest.
V Vancouver Island 2.23cms↑ (Aug 7 05:20)

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 24.2cms↓ (Aug 7 05:05)

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 24.2cms↓ (Aug 7 05:05)

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 36.0cms↑ (Aug 7 05:10)

Nass River
(III-V)

Everything from a 5-6 day wilderness trip to a big water play run.
III-V Northwest 1510.0cms↓ (Aug 7 05:15)

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 13.3cms↓ (Aug 7 05:15)

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 12.51cms↓ (Aug 7 06:55)

Ryan River - Upper
(V)

Very steep boulder run - a hike-in day trip. Hard kayaking.
V South Coast 250.0cms↓ (Aug 7 05:35)

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 1.924cms↓ (Aug 7 06:45)

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

Skookum Creek
(V)

Big, clean waterfalls and tight canyons.
V South Coast 24.2cms↓ (Aug 7 05:05)

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 38.7cms↓ (Aug 7 05:50)

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

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 456.0cms↓ (Aug 7 05:50)

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 34.1cms↓ (Aug 7 05:45)

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 2.45cms↓ (Aug 7 05:35)

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 8.07cms↓ (Aug 7 06:48)

Thompson River
(III, big water.)

Big water boating in a warm climate with some play opportunities. Interesting scenery.
III, big water. South Coast 1550.0cms↓ (Aug 7 05:20)

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

Williams Creek
(IV-V)

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