Kickinghorse River (BC) - Lower Canyon IV

A demanding big water river run full of pushy currents and large holes. It is pretty much non-stop action from the put in for a few kilometers. The beginning of the run is a few back to back Class IV rapids. As the water level rises in the spring eddies disappear and you need to use micro eddies and the train tracks on river right to scout and portage. It can be tricky to see features as the water is usually milky due to silt. Underneath one of the train bridges is a play wave that comes in at moderate water levels. The last couple of kilometers into town are more mellow class II water. Definitely a run where a solid roll is key.

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Run Information


Anywhere that is convenient in Golden,BC. The closest takeout in town is the Recreation Center.

Put In

Head back E on HWY1 out of town. Just before a large bridge over the Kickinghorse River there is a turnoff on your right, south side, of the HWY. Take this road and follow it steeply downhill to the train tracks and a small parking lot.


Big water challenge

Length & Time

6.6km, Couple_Hours



Flow Information

The Kickinghorse River has a long season and will flow late into the summer due to it being fed by glaciers primarily. Due to snowmelt in the spring water levels will spike. Low flow is 50cms, High flow is above 100cms.



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