On this trip a couple of us attempted to run the waterfall at the put in but were turned back due to complications, so we went elsewhere planning to return the next day to explore the gorge below the big falls.
The put in involves a short walk on a nice trail, then some boat lowering to a neat pool. The rapids start immediately and the next couple miles are back to back, pool drop class FUN rapids. There is enjoyment in figuring it out for yourself so I will keep it minimal and divulge only a small bit of relevant info.
- Every rapid is easily scoutable and portageable at river level
- If the falls at the put in is at a good flow, the gorge below is too. However the gorge could feasibly be run higher. We had ~375 cfs.
- There were no necessary portages in the section we ran.
- I'd rate the gorge IV(IV+) with the option to run the large falls at the put in.
- There were zero wood hazards when we did the run.
- None of the man-made features are sketchy or require portaging on the section we ran.
- The gorge is named due to the extensive hydroelectric project that takes away and adds water at a number of places along the stream.
- The falls only runs when an upstream dam releases, so there are only a few chances a year to do it.
We named a few of the distinctive rapids, they are shown below.
The bridge marks the end of the Gorge Electric and the beginning of the Electric Avenue. If you don't want to continue through the Electric Avenue take out here. If you decide you want to continue on, take the channel 3rd from the left and split the uprights.
The rest of the Electric Avenue is in a pretty gorge and has class II/III rapids. Unfortunately some of the water was being diverted so it didn't move along as fast as we would have liked.
It is possible to continue to the highway and get one more large rapid, but we decided to take out at a Slide creek and avoid some reservoir paddling.
If your the kind of paddler who enjoys this kind of thing, its easy enough to find out the logistics on a map. If not, I'm sure the Truss is in.
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