Kayaking or River Rafting - Gold River Middle Section
All kayakers, intermediate and expert, rafters and canoeists all levels.
Conditions of the river: Class 2+ and 3+, portage able boulder drop, short rapids with steady grade drops and pools
Length of run: 9.7 kilometres; 4 hours.
7.4 kilometres or 15 minutes from Gold River, gravel road for about one third of it.
Season: Year round; following rain best after run off, May and June is best after snow melt and spring showers.
What to expect: Lively and straightforward rapids, deep emerald pools, demanding boulder drop, great play waves, sandy beaches and eagles along a clean stretch with an easy shuttle.
Topographical maps required: 1:50,000 Gold River 92E/16 and Muchalat Inlet 92E/9
Facilities: A short distance to Gold River and all its conveniences. Gold River Camp-site offers pit toilets and room to park and pitch your tent, sandy beach, shade trees, picnic tables, and fireplaces at Big Bend Park
Guidelines: Beginning with a class 2+ rapid which ends in a deep pool, sharp left turn between high canyon walls, pools and drops continue throughout the run. If the water is high it is a good idea to climb out and scout before the Big Rock Rapid. A beautiful and exciting run for beginner and novice paddlers, when spring run-off is in full swing this is a great run for advanced paddlers.
Access to Put in and Take Out: Take out; from Gold River head south on Highway 28 to Gold River camp-site, drive 3.7 kilometres past the bridge in town to the wide gravel parking area, turn in at the top end and if it is not already marked flag it. From Gold River turn left toward Port Hardy, the road quickly becomes gravel, continue on, just past the first bridge park, proceed down a steep rocky edge then along a trail through the trees to the put in.