| The Slocan River
originates from Slocan Lake near Valhalla Provincial Park in the Kootenays
regions of British Columbia. The Slocan is 97 miles (155 km) long,
flowing southwards along Highway 6 passed the communities of Slocan,
Winlaw, and Passmore to join the Kootenay River near Shoreacres, midway
between Castlegar and Nelson.
The Slocan River
is a tributary of the Kootenay River and is therefore considered
part of the Columbia River basin, along with the Kootenay River
and the Columbia River.
The Slocan River
is a small river, with occasional rapids, in a rural setting. Although
none of the rapids is particularly difficult (nothing over Class
III), experience in reading and running whitewater is definitely
required. Paddlers should be adequately equipped, know their abilities
and limitations, and reconnoitre unfamiliar territory.
paddlers might want to get a taste of the Slocan River between Slocan
and Crescent Valley, a Class II, 50-mile (80-km) trip that will
take one long day. To shorten the trip, the Slocan River may be
accessed at any of the bridges along Highway 6, particularly between
Perry Siding and Slocan Park.
The most technical
portion of the river (Class III) is just north of its confluence
with the Kootenay River, a 3-mile (5-km) stretch between Crescent
Valley and Shoreacres, a popular play spot for kayakers and canoers.
Put in at Crescent Valley and take out at Shoreacres, just downstream
of the railroad bridge. Allow one to three hours.
A good guide book
to consult on paddling in the region is The Silvery Slocan Outdoors
Town: Slocan, Winlaw,
Valhalla Provincial Park, Kokanee
Glacier Provincial Park