Kayaking or River Rafting - Davie & Nimpkish Rivers
Highway 19 to Woss – Advanced kayakers’ and guided or intermediate rafters only
Conditions of the river: Class 2+ to 3+; two Class 4 drops and a Class 4 or 5 waterfall or fish ladder (can be portaged) small to medium volume river, continuous rock garden with steep drops and pools.
Length of run: 14.0 kilometres or 4 hours
Access one way 12.2 kilometres or 15 minutes on paved highway.
Season: Spring run-off and fall: best in late May to mid June.
What to expect: Big steep drops before the wrecked bridge, a waterfall or cascade – miles of continuous rock garden. Not too much time to stop and play as much manoeuvring is required.
Topographical maps required: 1:50,000 Schoen Lake 92L/1 and Woss Lake 92L/2
Facilities: Klaklakama Lakes and Woss lake Camp ground provides picnic tables, pit toilets and fire rings, otherwise you are a 1.5 hour drive from Campbell River or a 45 minute drive from Sayward.
Guidelines: Rock gardens demand continuous attention, unremitting Class 2 with numerous sweepers and fallen trees. Two thirds the way down The Davie the rock gardens become increasingly tricky, then a class 3 drop, take a steep out and check this one out before you paddle it. Steep drops with some Class 4 at the railway bridge, standing waves at the bottom. Stop whenever unsure and scout.
The Davie is 30 meters wide at put in and averages 30 to 40 meters wide to the Nimpkish confluence then it broadens. The last third of the Davie descends as a star step, when you meet the Nimpkish the run flattens until the falls are reached. Take out is a steep climb above the fish ladder.
Put in and Take out: Take out access is off Highway 19 into Woss. Head downhill for 1.1 kilometres, cross the railway tracks, turn left and proceed to a bridge over the Nimpkish. Put in from Highway 19, turn right and travel 10.5 kilometres to a gravel road at the Mount Cain signpost, turn right and follow the sign toward Schoen Lake to the bridge over the Davie River.