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Difficulty IV-V
Length 2.5 Miles
Gauge N/A
Flow Range
Reach Info Last Updated 01/24/2018 4:26 pm

River Description

Another backcountry kayak run in the North Cascades accessible as a hike in from the shores of Ross Reservoir.

The first two miles consist of braided channels, and a few log jams. Expect some of the jams to require a portage while others are possible to limbo under.
After the first two miles you will reach “The Beaver Tail,” the first significant rapid at the start of the gorge. This rapid consists of a sloping ten foot slide, then a ramp that propels you to the top of an eight-foot slide into a beautiful pool.
After the “Beaver Tail” the creek just gets better. A couple of class IV+ rapids that require a bit of scouting led you to “Little Beaver Falls”. Plan to scout this clean twelve-foot boof.
The whitewater continues and soon you reach the “Beaver Whip,” a river-wide slide into a marginally sticky hole. More water would pack a bit more punch.
Anticipate a challenging portage when you arrive at the “Beaver Lodge,” a scary 18 foot waterfall with a nasty undercut on the left side. The undercut is just large enough for a boat and passenger. Most of the outflow from the waterfall surges directly into the pocket making a complex portage the best option. Rig the ropes and pulleys to portage boats around the cliff wall to the left.
After this drop you still have 3/4 mile to go before reaching the reservoir. The rapids continue in a beautiful bedrock gorge all the way to the reservoir with great read-and-run drops, bordering on class IV to V in difficulty.

Adapted from a trip report on Exploring Little Beaver that was posted on the Bellingham Whitewater page back in 2007.

Rapid Descriptions


No Gage

Gage Descriptions

Visually estimate flows. Look for a range of 400-500 cfs.

Directions Description

Arrange boat transportation up Ross Reservoir or tow your whitewater boat in with a sea kayak. From the backcountry campground on the reservoir hike up about 1000' on the trail up Little Beaver. From here it's a fairly level hike a a little under 3 miles upstream to a point above the gorge.

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1208787 01/24/18 Thomas O'Keefe description updated
1208788 01/24/18 Thomas O'Keefe minor edit