This is a typical drop-pool rapid featuring a river-wide horizon line. The main current flows down the center of the river which contains a ledge and a submerged rock (at medium to high flows). A left-to-right breaking wave is formed as a result of the rock backing up water in the center channel. Behind the wave there is most often a pour-over feature as a result of this rock. On river-right there is a small v-tongue that takes one down along the right wall avoiding the wave-hole at river center.
High and Low Water
At low water the rock at river-center (see photo) becomes more visible and the resulting wave-hole feature more pronounced. At high water there will be enough flow to cover the rock, potentially creating a pour-over or possibly washing-out the rapid altogether.
Boat scout from the center of the river.
There are two hazards here. The first is the center wave-hole, created by the Pour-over Rock, which could be in any variety of conditions due to the water level. At its worst the hole at river-center can become quite retentive forcing an unexpected swim. Before going down the center make sure you know what to expect, otherwise opt for the more conservative river-right line your first time down. The second hazard is the wall below the wave-hole that the main current flows toward.
The wave-hole at the center of the river offers a potential opportunity to play at lower water levels, when you have a rock behind you and not a pour-over. This feature needs to be caught blind and on the fly, as there is no eddy service.
Where to Swim
A swim here is usually the result of a bad experience with the wave-hole at river-center. After the hole, swim toward river- left away from the current pushing toward the wall.
Where to Rescue
Rescue can be performed from the large eddy behind the wave-hole at river-center.
Where to Portage
Vertical canyon, no portage trail available.
Running the Rapid
Take the V-Tongue on river-right, cut behind the wave-hole (or Pour-over Rock) at river-center. Try to exit the V-Tongue as quickly as possible to avoid coming too close to the wall and its corresponding subduction zone on river- right.
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