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riverwiki:rivers:skookumchuck_creek [May 19, 2016]
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riverwiki:rivers:skookumchuck_creek [June 23, 2017] (current)
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-River wide tree in final major rapids. This is after the power line around a right-hand cornerCatch eddy on the lef and paddle over/thru the very top of the tree and cut back towards the middle immediately to avoid the bony eddy.\\ +If this area is empty, there are no alerts for this river ​(Don'​t edit this here; add alerts via "Add +/River Alert" in the top menu.\\ 
  
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-The trail crosses ​the side creek and a clearcut to intersect the no longer "​extremely claustrophobic"​ track described in Stuart Smith'​s book. Cross this forestry road and descend the steep slope to get to the river. The walk takes about 15 minutes total and you can drag your boat the whole way.+The trail to the put-in leaves the end of the clearing where we park and follows an ATV trail about 100m before descending into the forest and crossing ​the side creek and a clearcut to intersect the no longer "​extremely claustrophobic"​ track described in Stuart Smith'​s book. Cross this forestry road and descend the steep slope to get to the river. The walk takes about 15 minutes total and you can drag your boat the whole way.
  
  
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-The other alternative is to continue up Skook FSR until it drops down to the river or continue upstream to the first bridge. If you don't have a shuttle driver or a 2nd car, you can ask any fisherman you see whether they would be willing to take your car out to Skookumchuck. We usually offer them $20 bucks to buy some beer and they usually turn down the money but take our car out for us.  (This is known as "​Playing to Win" as opposed to "​Playing ​not to lose.")+The other alternative is to continue up Skook FSR until it drops down to the river or continue upstream to the first bridge. If you don't have a shuttle driver or a 2nd car, you can ask any fisherman you see whether they would be willing to take your car out to Skookumchuck. We usually offer them $20 bucks to buy some beer and they usually turn down the money but take our car out for us.  (This is known as "​Playing to Win" as opposed to "​Playing ​Not to Lose.")
  
  
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 === Play Run === === Play Run ===
  
-At 4.9 km from the bridge, just before the road turns right and starts climbing, take the small road to the left. Follow it to an obvious parking place before it starts ​decending ​steeply. Carry your boats upstream following a trail that starts where the road turns back downstream. This trail gets somewhat cliffed out at the river wide hole known by some as "Shot thru the Heart" and by the locals as ????​.  ​here are only a couple of harder drops before the river mellows out.+At 4.9 km from the bridge, just before the road turns right and starts climbing, take the small road to the left. Follow it to an obvious parking place before it starts ​descending ​steeply. Carry your boats upstream following a trail that starts where the road turns back downstream. This trail gets somewhat cliffed out at the river wide hole known by some as "Shot thru the Heart" and by the locals as ????​.  ​There are only a couple of harder drops before the river mellows out.
  
  
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-The river is primarily snow melt and rain fed; there does not appear to be any glacial melt contribution to the flow. There is no online ​guage but the Kootenay River at Fort Steele ​guage on the environment Canada site provides a rough correlation (see the link to the google docs spreadsheet under "​gauge"​. The creek contributes less than 10% of the flow but it does give a general idea of the levels in the area. Generally, it can be run from May until July. During June, the level will often be "​sporty medium"​ or high and a clean run can be done in 2.5 hours. It can be run in August but expect it to take much longer (5 to 8 hours depending on how much you need to scout.)+The river is primarily snow melt and rain fed; there does not appear to be any glacial melt contribution to the flow. There is no online ​gauge but the Kootenay River at Fort Steele ​gauge on the environment Canada site provides a rough correlation (see the link to the google docs spreadsheet under "​gauge"​. The creek contributes less than 10% of the flow but it does give a general idea of the levels in the area. Generally, it can be run from May until July. During June, the level will often be "​sporty medium"​ or high and a clean run can be done in 2.5 hours. It can be run in August but expect it to take much longer (5 to 8 hours depending on how much you need to scout.)
  
  
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 === Informal Gauge === === Informal Gauge ===
  
-Look at the south (looker'​s left) footing of the railway bridge looking upstream from the road bridge. ​There is a stick gauge near the downstream corner ​and there are paint lines on the concrete though mostly obscured by the rip-rap ​boulders piled against ​the concrete.  (Numbers from the new stick gauge and old gauge in parenthesis.)+Look at the south (looker'​s left) footing of the railway bridge looking upstream from the road bridge. ​As of 2016, there is a new paint gauge on a large boulder ​near the downstream corner. The old paint gauge on the bridge abutment is now completely buried in rip-rap ​and old small bits of if can be seen if you know where to look through gaps in the boulders.  (Numbers from the new paint gauge, the now-gone ​stick gauge and old paint gauge in parenthesis.)
  
-  * If all you can see is the vertical wall (5/13+), the river is extremely high. Consider running the "Play Run" by putting in just above "​Screaming Right Turn" (A.K.A. "​Surprise"​)+  *  3.5 - If all you can see is the vertical wall (3.5, 513+), the river is extremely high. Consider running the "Play Run" by putting in just above "​Screaming Right Turn" (A.K.A. "​Surprise"​)
  
-  * If the water is on the sloping part of the wall below the vertical wall (3.5/6 to 4.5/12), the level is high. The run becomes less technical but the holes become larger. Consider the "play run" unless you are comfortable paddling and rolling in big, pushy water.+  * 3.0 -  ​If the water is on the sloping part of the wall below the vertical wall (3.0, 3.5 to 4.5, 7 to 12), the level is high. The run becomes less technical but the holes become larger ​and eddies fewer and harder to catch. Consider the "play run" unless you are comfortable paddling and rolling in big, pushy water.
  
-  * If the water is just on or below the flat concrete ​ledge (3.4/5)the river is medium. ​This is the most fun level.+  * 2.5 - An inch or two above the flat of the ledge(2.5, ??, 6-5)  This is the "​sporty ​medium" levelIt is cleanest lines but the holes are getting a bit big.
  
-  * If you can see the wooden ledge below the concrete ledge, the river is quite low. The main part of the run will be very technical (but still quite fun) but the lower part (where it spreads out) will be painfully boney. Consider taking out just above "​Screaming Right Turn". See the description of the "Play Run".+  * 2.0 -1.5  If the water is just on or a bit below the flat concrete ledge (2.0 to 1.5, 3.4, 4 to 3), the river is medium. This is the easiest level and most drops can be run with just boat scouting. A small group can do the run in under 3 hours. 
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 +  * 1.0 If the water is well below the flat concrete ledge ( 1.0, ??, <3) the river is somewhat low. It gets more technical and "​creaky"​ but there is still plenty of water to get down the lower part. You can still get down the run in a bit over 3 hours if you know the lines. 
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 +  * 0.5 If you can see the wooden ledge below the concrete ledge, the river is quite low. The main part of the run will be very technical (but still quite fun, but watch out for pitoning potential) but the lower part (where it spreads out) will be painfully boney. Consider taking out just above "​Screaming Right Turn". See the description of the "Play Run".
  
  
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   * http://​en.wikipedia.org/​wiki/​Skookumchuck,​_British_Columbia   * http://​en.wikipedia.org/​wiki/​Skookumchuck,​_British_Columbia
   * http://​www.kootenayrafting.ca/​rafting-trips/​skookumchuck-creek   * http://​www.kootenayrafting.ca/​rafting-trips/​skookumchuck-creek
 +  * https://​www.facebook.com/​skookumchuckcreek/​

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