Ottertail River (BC) III

A continuous boulder garden run that moves along quickly and has a couple logs that must be portaged.

after the put in you almost get into the groove when the first log portage after a left hand bend we portaged this log jam on river right. After this you are just about to get into the groove again when the next river wide log presents itself just after a feeder creek coming in off of river left. After this log there is a stretch of awesome class 3-4 boulder gardens until you reach cyclotron where a rock slide has created a pretty sticky hole, directly after cyclotron there is a class 4 boulder garden followed by a class 3- 4 drop named Bubbas. Bubbas is characterized by a large midstream rock and has a small ledge that could become very sticky at higher flows. After this there are two other river wide log jams that are easily seen and portaged, be careful! After these logs there is some quality class 3 boulder gardens until the takeout.

We Paddled the Ottertail a week ago when it was high and there are several river wide logs that you have to portage. As far as the rating goes for the Ottertail I would agree it is a class 3 run with a couple class 4 rapids. But due to the wood in it this year I would say most of the river is a no Swim zone and has class 5 consequence for the majority of the run due to wood.


The symbols can be clicked on and provide some simple explanations of why they are there. You can also use the symbols to get directions from Google Maps to the put in/takeout. A handy thing!

Run Information


from Field Bc travel west on the trans Canada highway a long downhill signifies that you are getting close to the takeout before the bridge going over the otter tail there is a pull out on the left side of the highway if there is a sign in the parking lot that says otter tail valley you are in the right spot.

From the river hike out under the highway bridge back to your car.

Put In

from the take out start walking. It is an 8 kilometer hike follow the trail until it comes down to the river this is one put in option. If you keep going you will hit some switchbacks you can walk down to the river at the base of the switchbacks, or keep walking higher until after the switchbacks.


boulder garden continuous ceeking

Length & Time

8km, Half_Day



Flow Information

glacial melt and snow melt are the primary sources I do not think there is a gauge for this river you can see if there is enough water by going past the take out and looking from the bridge.


No Gauge


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