The river for the most part is narrow and flows through a steep walled canyon occasionally flowing out into large open braided areas. The paddling is mostly easy, I+ or II- with waves and compression off of the rock walls. There are a few small surf waves and ledges in the top half of the river, once one reaches a green army type canvas tent ( I think this is part of the cadet training grounds) on the right side of the river it gets more interesting. The river pushes over a large ledge with some fairly large looking boulders / outcrops then continues through some waves then makes another left hand smaller drop over a second ledge into a large pool (Maybe a II+ or III- section). certainly the most interesting part of the river. The river continues for a long while afterwards, there are more small ledges and waves, you cross under a bridge (possible put-in) through an open valley then enter back into a steep walled canyon. Once the canyon you encountered a 1 meter(ish) stream wide ledge comprised of very jagged rocks. This section in high water would make for a bit of fun. the left line looks to be very easy, the very right line or centre line looking to be the best. To walk this section may be a bit tricky, but is doable on the left side of the river After this ledge the river continues to weave through the canyon then finishes under the Hwy 40 bridge.
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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!
The take out is right in the hamlet of Waiparous, under the hwy 40 bridge. Park your vehicle north on hwy 40 at a pull out about 150 metres north of the bridge. A well beaten path leads up to the road from the creek.
From Cochrane drive west on hwy 1a, exit north on hwy 40. After 17km you will pass through the hamlet of Waiparous (the take-out) drive aprox. 20km north on Hwy. 40 from Waiparous to the East Waiparous Creek Campground. After around 10km the road turns from paved road to well maintained gravel road. From the camp ground walk 100 metres to the creek.
Tight creek with lots of small waves and ledges.
This is a short lived creek flowing high enough to paddle only occasionally in the spring or after an intense rain storm or big melt. We paddled the creek at 6 m/s and I would consider this low - medium flow. The Waiparous Creek (near the mouth) gauge was used to determine flow.
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