Rogers creek is one of those classic elusive British Columbia summertime creeks that you want to hit when the water level is just right but most of the time it just isn’t right. It will be too high early in to the season and then it goes to too low in a matter of days. It has no online gauge so someone has to drive there to check the levels. You can check the level from the logging road, river right, where it overlooks the triple falls ... if you don't think you can paddle over the boil on the pool after the first drop, it's too high. It is a short run in the middle of nowhere. It is a 4x4 drive and for most kayakers with average cars that means having to hike in. Either way there is an unpleasant hike downhill from the road to the put-in. But when you do the Rogers at the right flows it is well worth all the trouble you go through to get there. It starts off with a beautiful tight gorge, full of unscoutable rapids. It isn’t too hard but it is still quite intimidating not being able to scout in BC, which is notorious for wood in the rivers. It doesn’t take too long to get to the core section. Three beautiful waterfalls that make it seem like these sections were created with kayakers in mind. 'Steezing' the lines makes you feel like you’re on top of the world at the moment and if you get a great photo of yourself doing it, it makes it just that much more of a win. A couple of awesome rapids after the triple set and you’re either done or getting ready for another round.
Map from liquidlore.com – Steve Arns
This river is not runnable very often but when it is it makes a chosen bunch of kayakers some of the happiest people in the world. Rogers creek is under immediate threat of being dammed and having its water diverted as a part of a run of river project scheme. Not cool, as we like to say, but what is a few kayakers’ voice against big money these days?
There's a full guide to the run, with details on levels and access over at liquidlore.com.
About the author
About the author
A graduate in Cultural Studies and Social Anthropology, Andraž’s love of social sciences implies that he had a plan once to do more than just spend most of his days outdoors and play on some of the best whitewater in the world.