McLeod River (AB) - Above Whitehorse Creek IV-V

Steep canyon full of waterfalls.

Park and Huck: Scout as you hike up. The falls range from 2-9m with varying degrees of difficulty. It is easy to do laps on the ~9m Gravity Sucks and at lower flows is noobie friendly. Be advised that Hammer Time Grade V-V+ lies below the canyon downstream of Gravity Sucks.

Creeking: The drops range from grade IV-VI and there are multiple must make scouts/portages.

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Run Information

Takeout

Several Km West of Hinton head South on hwy 40 to the town of Cadomin(~60km). Continue past Cadomin for a short time to where the road runs beside the river and both run underneath a gigantic culvert(passing through the culvert leads to the Whitehorse Creek Campground). Park out of the way downstream from the culvert.

Put In

For Park and Huck: shoulder your boat and wade through the river, carry on upstream along the various paths and rail tracks for ~10 minutes until you reach the 9m Gravity sucks, a large near vertical slide dropping into a calm pool. Run laps to your heart's content.

For Creeking: Drive through the culvert and stay left following the road along the gorge until the road reconnects with the river. Park and put in.

Character

Pool drop creeking with multiple waterfalls.

Length & Time

Half_Day

Gradient

Average: 24m/km (2.4%)

Max: 30m/1.2km (2.5%)

Flow Information

Fed by snow melt and rain, peak is in June.

Using the guage near Cadomin:

Low:7.5-15cms

High:25-80cms

If using the guage above the Embarras River(as per Stuart Smith's guide):

Low: 30-60cms

High: 100-300cms

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