Kayaking or River Rafting - White River
Suitable for intermediate and advanced kayakers’ and rafters. Expert open canoeists and guided novice rafters and kayakers’.
Conditions of the river: Class 2 through 3+ at high levels, Class 4 in the canyon. Small volume: expect both technical water and some straightforward water.
Length of run: is suggested at 16 kilometers (4 hours) or 9.9 miles.
Distance from the Village of Sayward is 11.6 kilometres. (7.2 miles) or 15 minutes, possibly restricted and gravel road conditions, possibly some deactivation of roads.
Season: October through July although the best season is: May and June, rain-fed and snow-melt., average river flow during this season approximately 30 m 3/s or 1060 cubic feet per second.
What to expect: Waterfall views, surfing waves, technical drops, graduating from class 2 to 3. A good transitional river, all drops have reasonably easy portages with the exception of the canyon at the height of run-off season.
Possibility of wildlife viewing including elk, dear and the occasional bear. The gravel logging road follows the river and is never far away but the feeling of a wilderness setting stays with you throughout the route.
Topographical maps required: Brewster Lake 92/K4 and Sayward 92/K5.
Facilities: Camp ground facilities available at the Village of Sayward or Campbell River with hot showers, laundry facilities, shopping etc.. Take out is easy at the bridge at White River Court.
Guidelines: Suggested put-in is below the falls, only experts should run the falls. Class 2 & 3+ surfing waves up to 1 meter, then drops and pools through a constricted canyon. The latter part of the river is an easy class 2 float. Width ranges from 10 meters to 45 meters overall gradient averages 9 meters per kilometre but in the canyon it is 24 meters per kilometre.
At the end of May a few rocks and boulders are showing, becoming more prevalent as the dry season approaches. Evergreens and shrubs are close to the banks and sweepers are common, so proceed with caution. The area has been extensively logged so be cautious of debris such as submerged cables etc..
The access road is restricted and some unconfirmed deactivation of the gravel access roads 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. At times the road is subject to closures due to active logging activities.