Chilliwack River (South)

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The Chilliwack River is a great river for Whitewater kayaking. It can usually be run any time of the year, has easy access and has sections for a wide range of paddling abilities. However, like all BC rivers, wood can present a serious danger especially on the lower "easyer" sections where the wood gets hung up.

The Chilliwack River has 5 commonly run sections:

Beginner Section Vedder Bridge to Lickman Road - is a class I+ section suit able for introducing paddlers to moving water

Novice Section Pointa Vista to Vedder Bridge - is a class II section with some small rapids over rock and gravel bed

Intermediate to Advanced Section Sleese Creek to Pointa Vista - has a pool-drop character of mostly class III rapids followed by calmer sections (most are not actually pools. Tamihi Rapid is a step up from the rest of this run. It is a class IV fairly continuous Boulder Garden that you see when cross the first Bridge up stream to the Vedder Bridge.

Advanced Section - "The Canyon" - is not actually a canyon but a challenging Class IV+ continous Boulder Garden Section from the second chilliwack river bridge to slesse creek

Upper Section - is a class III+ section up river from the canyon run. The put in is at post creek and the take out is the canyon run put-in.