Fraser River (BC) - Pipeline Gate to Overlander (Upper) IV

The classic run on the Fraser River. This run ends at Overlander Falls where you have the choice of running the falls or portaging. From there you may hike out from the falls view point or continue down the Fraser Canyon(V).

The Upper Fraser starts out with a bang at the Outhouse Rapid where the river takes a sharp right below the railway and carries on through some boogie water to a sticky hole on river right that extends ~2/3 of the way across the flow. It then briefly mellows before entering Eric's Hole, a grade V stopper hole on the left with several cheat lines to the right. Following this is relatively non-stop action depending on the level. Most of the river is read and run but if you have doubts get out and take a look. The run ends at Overlander Falls. You'll hear it coming and see the horizon line as the river sneaks left. Eddie right and scout it or portage.

At lower water the class IV rapids are very distinct with time to thoroughly boat scout or find a spot to stop without too much push. As the water level gets higher the class IV rapids turn into solid pushy grade IV interspersed with class IV+.

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Run Information


Overlander falls parking lot about 1 km east of Mount Robson.

Put In

From the Overlander Falls parking lot go approximately 11 km east on highway 16. There is a yellow gate across a pipeline service road on the right (South) side of the highway. Walk down the service road ~100m until you encounter a trail down to the river on the left side of the road. The trail is immediately before the 3rd power pole after the gate, look for an arrow carved into the pole at head height.


A higher volume river run.

Length & Time

About 15km, Half_Day


Average 13m/km (1.3%)

Max: 30m/2km(1.5%)

Flow Information

Fed by snowmelt and glacial runoff from May - October

Low: 20-35cms

High 70cms+



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