White River (BC) - Camping to Bridge III

Medium volume run with lots of big wave at higher water and more technical boulder gardens at lower water. You can put in at any of the camping spots once the road gets close to the river (the second bridge is a good spot). It starts off with some class II rapids and gets a bit steeper and more technical at some turns when the river is close to the road. Watch out for some sneaky holes lots of as you may have to move quickly to avoid them. After Blackfoot creek watch for a sharp bend with a steeper section of whitewater. On the right is a long/steep gravel slope up 150M to the road. This is S-bends and can be scouted or portaged on river left. AT lower flows it is a tecnical bolder garden, at higher flows it is a steep rapid with lots of holes. After this there are more class II rapids. The water is cold and continuous with few eddies so a swim/boat chase may end up being a longer one. Also once the river leaves the road, it is quite a hike/bushwack to find you way off the river if something happens. Make sure you have plenty of gas and a spare tire before you leave canal flats as the road can be rocky and remote.

There is a hot spring you can soak in called Lussier Hot Springs.

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Run Information


Take the white swan service road for about 31km to the bridge at turn out on the right before the bridge leads to a parking area. You will pass Lussier Hot Springs along the way.

Put In

From Canal Flats head south, about 4.5km after the kootenay bridge take the Whiteswan Lake Provincial Park. You will pass the Lussier hot springs and the Top of the World turn off and a few campgrounds. Go about 40km along this road and put in at any of the unofficial campsites


Medium volume continuous class III run

Length & Time

8km, Couple_Hours



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