Kayaking or River Rafting - the Campbell River
Conditions of the river: Suitable for novice kayakers: guided novice and intermediate open canoeists and rafters.
Class 2 – Medium volume and swift but not complex water ways. Some shallow spots and deep pools.
Length of run: 1.9 kilometers, timing 1 hour.
Season: All year. Rain fed and snow melt, dam controlled, steady flow, occasional large water releases, so check with BC Hydro in advance, heed all warning signs.
What to expect: A great training ground for beginners, short runs can be chosen with multiple put outs. Watch out for bridge piers. Some fairly fast water with few rocks, sweepers are generally removed.
Topographical maps required: 1:50,000 Quadra island 92K/3
Facilities: Camping is available at Elk Falls Park directly adjacent to the river, however there is a multitude of opportunities for any style of accommodation in the city of Campbell River.
Guidelines: The best rapids are at the start near the generating station. From there the gradient is steady. The Campbell is continuously flowing and there are a few deep pools, rescue is not easy. Just past the confluence of the Quinsam River is the Green Monster, a large rock barely submerged mid stream, this can be fun for the experienced paddlers but is cause for caution for the novice. BC Hydro has erected signs at all take outs “River flow is subject to sudden Rises”. When the siren sounds you have 10 minutes to vacate the river.
Access to put in and take out: Easy access from a number of locations, follow the river along and choose your spot.,
Please be courteous of private property.