Kayaking or River Rafting - Adam River
Suitable for all kayakers, intermediate and expert open-canoeists and paddle boarders.
Conditions of the River: Class 2. With low volume, steady gradient with riffles and a few drops.
The total suggested run: is 4.3 kilometres, 1 hour or (2.7 miles).
Shuttle from the Highway 19 is 4.2 kilometres (2.6 miles), restricted gravel logging road conditions.
Season: October through June: best in May and June. Rain-fed and snow melt: a flash stream, river flow during this season 17 m 3/s or 600 cubic meters per second (estimated).
What to expect: A short, fun evening run, with gravel bottomed, broad valley expanse, and a corridor of trees lines the river with many smaller tributaries.
This valley has been extensively logged and the water is a strange rusty colour, there are lots of holes to play in.
Topographical maps required: Adam River 92L/8
Facilities: There are no facilities adjacent to the river. However facilities are available in the village of Sayward or in Campbell River with showers, laundry, camping, shopping etc.
Guidelines: Gradient averages 7 meters per kilometre, width varies from 3 to 30 meters, play waves are up to 1 meter. River flow increased quickly on the Adam, which is a very flashy river, but watch for sweepers. Whatever you do; do not miss the take-out bridge or you will be into the canyon.
Access to put-in and take-out: Beside the Island Highway 19 Bridge over the Adam. Turn north off Highway 19 into a gravel logging road immediately west of the bridge. Down the hill take a right fork, head downstream to the bridge at Rooney Lake Junction.
The access road is restricted and some deactivation has taken place in the area, it is wise to scope out the road before committing to the trip, in any case exercise caution when driving on logging roads as trucks could be running during the week and some active logging may be taking place so road closures can be in effect.