Kettle River II - Canyon Creek to Kettle River Park

Westbridge, British Columbia

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An international stream, the 220-mile long Kettle River has its genesis in the West Kootenay region of British Columbia. It dips into Washington, turns north again into Canada, then makes one more border crossing for its final 33-mile run to the Columbia River near the town of Kettle Falls, Washington. In the process, it offers many miles of paddling opportunities. The trip described here starts in a forest of mixed conifers, then flows into a broad, lush valley of dairy farms, cattle ranches, and alfalfa fields. Deer are amazingly abundant on the farms, and beavers are busy felling the cottonwoods that grow thick along the river. There are no notable rapids during normal river flows. The lower 4 miles are popular with locals on inner tubes.
Paddling Washington: Routes in Washington State & the Inland Northwest

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Paddling Washington: Routes in Washington State & the Inland Northwest

by Verne Huser, Rich Landers, Dan Hansen, and Doug North (The Mountaineers Books)

An international stream, the 220-mile long Kettle River has its genesis in the West Kootenay region of British Columbia. It dips into Washington, turns north again into Canada, then makes one more border crossing for its final 33-mile run to the Columbia River near the town of Kettle Falls, Washington. In the process, it offers many miles of paddling opportunities.

The trip described here starts in a forest of mixed conifers, then flows into a broad, lush valley of dairy farms, cattle ranches, and alfalfa fields. Deer are amazingly abundant on the farms, and beavers are busy felling the cottonwoods that grow thick along the river. There are no notable rapids during normal river flows. The lower 4 miles are popular with locals on inner tubes.

©  Verne Huser, Rich Landers, Dan Hansen, and Doug North/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Westbridge
Distance: 30
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 10 hours
Class: Class I
Season: Best: Generally mid-June and July
Local Contacts: Kettle River Provincial Park near Rock Creek (summer only); services contracted to Kaloya Contracting Ltd
Local Maps: Canada EMR Almond Mountain 82 E/2, Greenwood 82 E/7
Driving Directions: Directions to Kettle River II - Canyon Creek to Kettle River Park

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