This is a nice short section of river (3 km) that maintains its excitement fairly consistently throughout its length. It's short enough that a couple of runs are very do-able, and actually probably necessary to make the drive worthwhile.
The river starts out pretty low key, class II- for the first kilometre. A class II+/III- rapid just before a bend to the left starts the action off.
Starting under the bridge, expect fairly continuous class III for about 1 kilometre. At this point, the river bends slightly to the left at an outcrop, which is the beginning of the canyon. The entire canyon (300 m) can be scouted on river left. After the last rapid of the canyon, the water is calm and moving slowly; the take-out is after a rock outcrop on river left. The carry up is a bit of a leg workout.
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The symbols can be clicked on and provide some simple explanations of why they are there. You can also use the symbols to get directions from Google Maps to the put in/takeout. A handy thing!
From Fernie, travel south on highway 3, past Elko, to the Galloway saw mill. Turn right into the mill yard, pass the weigh scale on the left, and continue up the gravel road. After about 20 km, there is a fork in the road (a “Y” intersection) - bear right. Continue past the dam for 3 km to a point on the road where there is an obvious pull-off on the left side. This is the take-out.
Alternately, from Fernie, travel south on highway 3, past Elko, to the junction with the Wardner-Ft. Steele road (just before the highway crosses the Kootenay River). Travel north on this road for 8 km and then turn right (east) onto the Bull River Road. Travel this road for a further 8.5 km, past a bridge over the Bull River (gorge). Bear left at the “Y” junction, and travel 3 km to the take-out described above. This route involves better roads, but both routes are easily do-able in any vehicle.
From the take-out, travel 3 km further up the Bull River FSR to a point where the road bends left and a lane continues straight down to the river. This is the put-in.
Alternately, to start the action off right away, travel 1.5 km from the take-out to the bridge and put in there. This is where the whitewater really starts.
Medium-flow river running.
Number, percentage, whatever works for you
The river is paddleable from about 20 cms and up, but is much better at 40 and above. Use the BC Hydro gauge for the Bull River.