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Elk River | British Columbia, Canada

Whitewater Recreation Area
Elk River

This river is amazing with its tall canyon walls, its breathtaking waterfalls and the wildlife it attracts. The Elk river runs through Fernie, BC where it is a swift moving float. Once you pass Elko past the Elk River Dam station, the river turns into a class 5 creek that has been run by a small hand full of kayakers each summer. The class 5 section turns into a class 4 creek just after ‘Leap of Faith’ falls. You can put in above or below these spectacular 40 ft. falls and carry on with more amazing and challenging whitewater. Finally after the class 4 section the river runs out into a class 3-4 meandering river where raft trips usually paddle. If you visit this river in the fall you will be sure to see many bright red Kokanee Salmon swimming up the river to spawn.

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO- Prevent the Spread of Aquatic Invasive Species
It is mandatory for all watercraft to stop at road side inspection stations. Watercraft includes sailboats, motorboats, car toppers, kayaks, canoes, and paddle boards being transported in BC. Dedicated crews of inspectors check and if necessary decontaminate mussel infested boats. This approach has been taken by other jurisdictions in the Pacific Northwest, and proven to be highly effective in educating boaters on the risk of invasive mussel introduction. Click HERE to learn more.

Access Points

  • Fernie
  • Elko- past the Elk River Dam
  • 'Leap of Faith Falls'

Typical Class of Water