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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.
Guests meet at our office 20 minutes prior to departure, (or the Adams River Bridge if time is an issue). Payment balance and waiver forms are completed. Guests ride our bus to the put-in site at Adams Lake (about 25 minutes); a chance to meet your guides and the rest of the crew. At the put-in site the rafts and gear are unloaded. (Your help is. helpful!) We use self bailing 18' SOTAR or 15'6" AIRE rafts. Most guests paddle and the guide has long oars at the back to assist with steering. Paddling is a lot of fun and not strenuous. Rafters are geared up for the river. A thorough safety briefing is delivered with time for questions. Guests are divided into their groups and board the rafts. Before heading downstream paddling techniques are practiced. Then it's off to the Weir for your first taste of white-water!. You'll enjoy over 1 hour on the river winding thru Roderick Haig-Brown Provincial Park. We take an interpretive stop along the way; in summer you can enjoy a swim, the water is warm - a real treat for a white-water river in BC. At the take-out site the rafts are loaded back onto the trailer (your help is greatly appreciated!). The river gear is returned, then it's onto the bus for a short drive back to the office, (about 10 minutes). Back at the office everyone will receive a discount coupon for a return trip with us and you can view your photos on the computer monitor. There are change rooms and picnic sites available at the office.
Almost everyone! Swimming ability is not essential to enjoy our Adams River Rafting trip. (We do recommend some swimming capability for spring flow trips) General guidelines for youth are 8 yrs old and 27 kilos (60 lbs) during early spring or summer flow; and 12 yrs old and 41 kilos (90 lbs) during spring flow. Similarly, rafters with special concerns may wish to plan their trip during early spring or summer flow. We encourage telephone inquiries for info on youth or rafters with special concerns.
A note on kids and rafting:
Since 1983 thousands of kids have been thoroughly delighted with our river adventures. To provide a positive and memorable experience for younger rafters we recommend they are comfortable in and around the water and with having their heads submerged when they play at the lake or the pool. We do have thermal gear for youth, however, feel free to bring their own wetsuit or fleece sweater as it may be a closer fit. We have smaller youth kneel down and hold on rather than sitting up on the side of the tube. Many kids love to kneel at the front and get thoroughly drenched! Ditto for some adults. See our photo gallery / kid shots for even more exuberant expressions.
We supply: Government certified and ARR approved guides, shuttle to & from the river, all equipment and rafting gear; life jackets, helmets, on cold days - farmer john wetsuits and/or fleece sweaters and nylon splash jackets.
You bring: A swimsuit or t-shirt and shorts, a retainer for eyeglasses, sunscreen, a change of clothes in your vehicle, any required medication, and SECURE SHOES are mandatory (old runners, sports sandals, or water shoes) - no flip flop type sandals. You are welcome to bring your own fleece or wetsuit (wetsuit must allow freedom for paddling; wetsuits are not needed on warm summer days)
Please leave behind: Camera, (unless waterproof), valuables, jewellery.
Photos burned on CD of your rafting trip are available. Our photographer makes every effort to provide clear shots of each raft. A photo is taken of your raft as you leave shore, several others as you blast thru the Adams River Gorge, and a final shot near the end of your trip. You may view these on the monitor back at the office. Once ordered with payment, they are usually ready for pick up in two hours, sometimes sooner. They can be mailed out at no extra charge if pick up is not possible.
Our Scotch creek office is located on the North Shuswap, which is between Kamloops and Salmon Arm in the BC interior. From the Trans Canada Highway # 1 ,the turn off to this resort area is 10 kms east of Chase or west of Sorrento. Once off the highway loop across the Squilax bridge and continue on this road (Squilax Anglemont Highway) for 16km until you reach Scotch Creek, you will then need to turn right immediatly after Home Hardware down Jordan Way. Drive 300m down Jordan Way and you will see our big brown office on the left hand side. Please arrive 20min prior to trip departure. For driving times and a map see downloads / map. If you have arranged with the office to meet at the Adams River bridge: From the highway turnoff, cross Squilax Anglemont Bridge and continue for about 4km to Adams River Bridge, once you cross the Adams River Bridge turn left on Raft Pullout Rd. and park in designated area.
We offer free pick ups from Shuswap Lake Provincial Park or Anglemont Marina (must have at least 8 people for pick up in Anglemont or there is a $25 fuel charge). Houseboaters should plan to stay at Horseshoe Bay the night before their trip. In the morning you can drive your houseboat to Anglemont Marina (20-30min away) or to Shuswap Lake Provincial Park (2.5-3hrs away). If your group is getting picked up at Anglemont Marina it will be a 20min bus ride back to our office in Scotch Creek, this will save your group about 5-6hrs of driving in your Houseboat. If your group is meeting us at Shuswap Lake Provincial Par it is a 5min ride by bus back to our office in Scotch Creek. You can park your Houseboat on shore for the few hours your group will be rafting but must return to Horseshoe Bay or another campsite for the evening. There is no camping at the Park or Marina. Houseboaters please call for more details.
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