There’s gently down the stream, and then there’s river’s that are a dream for white water adventurists! The Shuswap is home to two rivers —the Adams and the Shuswap— that are exceptional rafting fun and adventure for the whole family!
Spice up your Shuswup vacation!
Whether you are a keen river runner or wish to introduce your family to white-water, the Adams River is superb rafting fun. Enjoy over one hour on the river, careening over the Ledge, pounding thru the Ender Waves and blasting thru the famous Adams River Gorge! With an interpretive break along the way you can immerse yourself in the scenery and history of the area. In summer, the crystal clear water is warm and inviting; perfect for a swim. Many guests have seen wildlife such as bear, moose, deer, beaver, birds of prey, waterfowl, and of course salmon. Rafting is an exhilarating way to see this pristine river, which is fully protected within Roderick Haig-Brown Provincial Park. In late fall, the river comes alive with the world renowned sockeye salmon run.
The 10 km section has class I, II and III white-water, rated moderate on the international scale of I to VI. The river levels generally fluctuate as follows:
- early spring (May) - normal flow
- June - spring flow - extra thrills
- summer - normal
- late summer/fall - normal lower flow.
For current river levels please call our office. Allow 2 and a half hours for your round trip including shuttle.
The Shuswap River offers a variety of areas for paddle sports whether it's a raft, kayak, canoe, paddleboard or tube ride. From adrenaline filled class 3+ whitewater rapids through the famous Skookumchuck canyon and scenic more relaxing raft trips through the mid section of the Lower Shuswap River. Be sure to know your put-ins and take-out spots and water levels for a safe trip. There are hazardous rapid sections that are dangerous for inexperienced paddlers (especially during high water) and unsurpassable on tubes.
The Skookumchuck rapids of the lower Shuswap River hold a range of rapids from class II to IV (depending on season).
- Mid May to End of June - High Water Season
- July to Mid August - Dropping water levels create new features
- Mid August to Mid September - Lower water levels provide a more controlled experience
Your day starts with group meeting at Mabel Lake for a quick briefing and training session. This is where you learn how to manage the raft as a team before punching through exhilarating white water. The group will then run two separate trips through the rapids to experience different features on the river.