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Old 05-05-2016   #21
Medford, Oregon
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Chilko is pretty continuous, and you can get out before you enter the Chilcotin. The Chilcotin has flat water but it moves along. There is a section where you go under a bridge about midway and it has some pretty good whitewater. We did it at bank full almost flood stage so it was big. Johns Canyon Chilcotin was big, close to GC size when we did it and pretty continuous. In September the rivers would not be that high. We were thankful we did not flip a boat in the Chilko or Chilcotin because doing a rescue would be difficult and there are not many people on that river. We saw a raft tied up near the take out no one near it and suspected someone had lost a raft upstream, some fisherman seemed to have pulled it in and tied it up. Chilko is serious water, Chilcotin is easier with flat stretches. Take some clippers some of the campsites needed a little work.

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Old 05-12-2016   #22
Canmore, Alberta Canada
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Chilko info response

Hi Sorry to be slow responding. I just got back from rafting in India. the Chilko is very very different from the grand. It is a mountain river with continuous rapids. Lava canyon drops 1000 ft in 10 miles. The rapids are long- up to a mile of waves. Eddies are very scarce and are difficult to get into. There are logs lining both sides of this small river, as a result swimming is very dangerous- long swims, coldish water with tons of strainer hazards.Flips can take up to ten miles to get things under control and folks have totally lost boats and gear after flips here. Normally in Sept. the level will be medium to low. That makes the run mostly class 3plus with two class 4 rapids. After laval canyon the river mellows- lots of class 1 and 2 until Farwell and Big John canyons on the Chilcotin In Sept these will be class 3. To put the river into stateside terms, I think it is more serious than the Grand. The selway is close in difficulty but the Chilkos rapids are much much longer. So, Sept. Moderate flows, the river is Canadian class 4 in terms of seriousness. The technical levlelof the rapids is in the moderate Class4 area with tons of what we call class 3. Cali boaters that see the Chilko in Sept flows ususally cal lit class 4+. High water- serious class5. In high water the Chilko is much more challenging than the middle feather in cali or seccesh in Idaho. Hope all of this helps See you on the Chilko in Sept. I'll be there working for ROAM

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