Upper Stikine River

CanadaBritish ColumbiaPacific
Submitter & Author Information
Route submitted by: 
Jeff Norman
Trip Date : 
Additional Route Information
Distance: 
300 km
Duration: 
10 days
Loop Trip: 
No
Portage Information
No. of portages: 
1
Total Portage Distance: 
1000 m
Longest Portage: 
1000 m
Difficulty Ratings
River Travel: 
Intermediate
Lake Travel: 
Novice
Portaging: 
Easy
Remoteness: 
Advanced
Background Trip Info
Water Levels: 
Unknown
Route Description
Technical Guide: 

The Stikine (Great) River is one of British Columbia's last truly wild rivers. It runs more than 600km from its headwaters in the Spatzizi Plateau to the Pacific Ocean in Alaska. The river is split in two by a canyon of Class 5 whitewater that has only been run by a handful of professional kayakers. The headwaters of the Stikine and two other rivers was recently an area of great environmental interest as Shell planned hundreds of methane gas exploration wells in this previously pristine watershed. An agreement between First Nations, the provincial government and Shell has protected the area from development for now.

This trip exceeded all of our expectations; the headwaters were certainly a highlight, however the river was spectacular every day. It is amazing how few people paddle this river, our pilot seemed to think that there would only be one other group flying in this year! We ran every rapid except for Fountain Rapids. The river might have been even more fun as a whitewater trip if the water was a little bit higher. The one disappointment would have to be the wildlife, we expected to see more than the one moose, bear and caribou; apparently other times of year are better as a lot of the animals are up in the alpine in the summer, however, one can't help but wonder with prevalence of hunting camps in the area if over - hunting could be a cause of this.

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