Kayaking or River Rafting - Adam River Canyon
Suitable for advanced kayakers’ and guided intermediates only. No rafters or canoeists.
Conditions of the river: Class 3 to 4+ and three mandatory portages (two short one an hour) in a remote canyon. Not recommended at high levels. Technical.
The total run: is suggest at 9.7 kilometres , 4 hours or (6.0 miles) including portages
Shuttle one way 10.9 kilometres or 15 minutes on gravel logging roads.
Season: October through July best of season: May and June (with caution) River flow during this season 17m 3/s or 600 cubic feet per second estimated.
What to expect: Primeval wilderness, challenging drops and pools through an intimate and splendid canyon.
Topographical maps required: Adam River 92L/8 1:50,000
Guidelines: A corridor of trees on both sides of the extremely narrow canyon. Proceed with caution; large trees fallen across the river which are not possible to go under during flood waters. 20 steep technical drops, two being Class 6. A 61.5 meter waterfall in the gorge (portage area), scout carefully as you go. The remainder of the run is Class 3 to 4+. Width of the Adam starts at 20 meters and constricts to a width of 2 meters then broadens to 35 meters upon merging with the Eve. Gradient averages 14 meters/kilometre and much of this drop is at the end where three contours crowd the last couple of kilometres indicating the waterfall. An extremely flashy river.
Access to put in and take out: From the Island highway 19 immediately west of the bridge over the Adam, turn north into the gravel logging road, down the hill take a right fork. To the bridge at Rooney Lake Junction.