Lower Entrada

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Quick Facts

  • Class: IV
  • Type: Composite: landslide debris, gravel bar, ledges.
  • Length: 300 meters (1000 feet)
  • Alternate Names: Toboggan, Mas O Mas, Easy Street, Alfombra Magica, Magic Carpet, Blinding Fun
  • Previous Rapid: Entrada
  • Next Rapid: Pillow
  • Interactive Map: Futaleufu River Valley
  • River Section: Lower Futaleufu, Bridge-to-Bridge Section

Overview

A detailed sketch illustrating the key kayak lines of Lower Entrada
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A detailed sketch illustrating the key kayak lines of Lower Entrada

This rapid is called Lower Entrada because at high water the rapid will join with Upper Entrada forming one continuous rapid. This rapid is characterized by an island and gravel bar which divides the river into two unequal channels. Both channels contain holes that need to be avoided. The right channel is called Toboggan and the left channel Dog Leg, which is the harder of the two channels, but not the most fun; it also contains less volume. At the end of the island there is a gravel bar which begins the reunification of both channels. The reunification is completed just above a large Volkswagen sized rock and wave known as the Pichilemu Surf-wave.

High and Low Water

At high water Entrada and Lower Entrada can form one single continuous rapid without pause. At high water the river-right channel (Toboggan) is the safest route. Look out for the subduction currents that happen when Dog Leg and Toboggan rejoin at the bottom. At low water levels keep an eye out for the sticky hydraulics that form in both channels.

Scouting

Boat scout from river-right in the eddy below Entrada.

Hazards

Overview from the bottom showing the Island that splits the Dog Leg and Toboggan channels.
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Overview from the bottom showing the Island that splits the Dog Leg and Toboggan channels.

Dog Leg contains a few nasty retentive holes that seem to change position with the water level and a subducting shelf rock into which most of the current flows. Toboggan contains an area of rock on river-left, known as the Junk Yard. Junk Yard needs to be avoided because of the ill-placed rocks and hydraulics it contains. At the bottom of Toboggan there is a final pocket-hole on river left that needs to be avoided; it comes up quite suddenly.

Play Opportunities

When it is in, the Pichilemu Surf Wave offers an awesome big water ride. Unfortunately there is no eddy service so you only will have one chance to catch the wave. Look for the Volkswagen sized rock on river-left that marks the curler. The best part of the wave lies about 2 meters river-right of the rock.

Where to Swim

Swimming through Junk Yard is something to be avoided if at all possible. Usually swimmers that find themselves in Junk Yard are un-rescued paddlers coming from Entrada. If you swim Toboggan stay right and avoid Junk Yard. If you swim Dog Leg, depending on where it happens you may have to contend with the two holes and subducting wall. The best deal that can be brokered in this situation is avoiding the subducting wall and staying in the main channel. From either channel, look for possible rescue below the Pichilemu Surf Wave.

Where to Rescue

The most reasonable chance for a rescue to occur in Lower Entrada is below the Pichilemu Surf Wave.

Where to Portage

The valley road runs along the river-right side of Entrada and Lower Entrada.

Running the Rapid

Dog Leg

Ferry out across the river to river-left and enter the Dog Leg channel. Dog Leg consists of a series of ledges that create holes. These holes tend to move around or come in and out of existence as the water levels change. These holes can be quite retentive at certain flows. Your strategy down the Dog Leg will be need to be made on-the-fly depending on where the holes are, so keep alert. Don’t get so far left in your avoidance maneuvering that you begin to interact with the subducting zone of the canyon wall. The key to this run is threading the needle between the holes while avoiding the wall on the left. Once past the wall stay in the center channel and lookout for the Volkswagen size rock (Pichilemu Rock) that marks the location of the Pichilemu Surf Wave. Try to catch a surf, then ride the wavetrain to the bottom. Be careful of the large subduction line that develops as the two channels recombine.

Running the Toboggan channel in a raft. Junk Yard rocks on river-left.
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Running the Toboggan channel in a raft. Junk Yard rocks on river-left.

Toboggan

Enter Toboggan from river-right avoiding the Junk Yard and its associated holes and rocks to the left. The waves in the Toboggan wavetrain are large, powerful and fun. You will definitely get an adrenalin rush as you pass the big hydraulics on river left while enjoying the “blinding fun” of these big waves. Watch out for the final pocket hydraulic on river-left – it can easily catch an unwary paddler by surprise. Once past this hole actively paddle across the gravel bar to river-center to give yourself the best opportunity to catch the Pichilemu Surf Wave. Ride the wave train to the bottom.

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Disclaimer

  • Disclaimer: Under no circumstances should paddlers substitute the information and diagrams in this guidebook for their own sound judgment on the river and their collective experience running rivers. This guidebook is based on Expediciones Chile's twenty years of experience running the Futaleufu River. However, the diagrams and descriptions found here are only approximations of what paddlers will find on the river once they get here. They are not to scale and nor are they completely accurate. Water levels change, rocks move around, landslide debris can enter the river at any time making the diagrams obsolete. Expediciones Chile also reserves the right to update these diagrams and descriptions at any time as we find better ways to illustrate and discuss the rapids. Use this guidebook at your own risk.

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