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Looking for the best places to Whitewater Kayak in and around Elko? Below are some great routes, trips and resources to help you Whitewater Kayak in and around Elko.

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I think it was John Grace who once said "It's all just training for British Columbia". He was referring to the super challenging creeking and multi day wilderness whitewater trips that are located all over this mountainous province. There is a lifetime worth of easy and intermediate paddling too. Whether it is multi day ocean trips, winter whitewater paddling on Vancouver Island, surfing tidal rapids, creeking in the interior, remote trips up north BC offers it all and then some.

Whitewater Kayak Trips or Routes


Lower (Raft Run)
Elk River - "Warmest" run in the Canadian Rockies! This is a great class 3 run with a hint of 4 at higher waters within Phillips Canyon. The Put-In is class 3 and the commercial companies use sleds to drag there gear down, but you won't be so lucky so bring some carpet and the last pitch is the worst. The take-out is riverside.
Elk River - Short steep section on river packed with multiple drops, a few tricky portages and culminating in a large clean waterfall. Often best in early spring or late fall if you want to catch triple drop and good flows. Otherwise you will find a tricky portage on river left. Shortly afterwords there is a portage around an unrun rapid before seal launching back in for Leap of Faith.
Middle (Canyon)
Elk River - Short, (~30min) but very intense Class 4 canyon run that starts just below waterfall. You have to be comfortable to run Class 4 as once you are in, there is no way to get out. Scout/portage options are limited in the canyon and there is a wood hazard in the rapids.
Elk River - This run is frequently paddled in the early spring and fall time as a classic class 4 section. Late spring and mid-summer levels are often high and/or in flood stage which is solid class 5 big water. Some consider these levels great for Stikine training. Swims at these levels pose serious drowning potential, people have swum the entire canyon before. There are always new pieces of wood in the canyon, consult with the Elk Whitewater group for the up-to-date beta. This has also been paddled in winter during the warmer days.

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Canoe Kayak Freestyle Committee National Programs

Canoe Kayak Canada Freestyle is responsible for the growth and development of Freestyle Canoe/Kayak in Canada. We work with provincial, territorial and local organizations to hold programs that support athlete development. We also host National Team trials and support athletes at the international level.