|The Bridge River
originates near Bridge Glacier in the southern Coast Mountain Range,
approximately 50 miles (80 km) northeast of Pemberton in British Columbia.
River flows eastwards into Downtown Lake and Carpenter Lake before
emerging to flow north then east into the Fraser River, 3 miles
(5 km) north of the town of Lillooet.
major tributary of the Fraser River, the flow of the Bridge River
was almost entirely diverted by the Bridge River Power Project,
which harnessed the power of the Bridge River by channelling the
flow through Mission Mountain to the drainage basin of Seton Lake.
blue water of the once-pristine Seton Lake was turned cold and opaque
by the diverted milky-green glacial waters of the Bridge River.
The project destroyed the entire Bridge River salmon run and caused
tremendous damage to fish on both river systems.
There are many
terrific rivers for whitewater paddlers to play in around Lillooet,
and one of the very best is the Bridge River. Featuring Class III+,
IV, and V water, with easy portages around the headiest sections,
the Bridge demands that those who paddle here be advanced kayakers.
The put-in is
at the confluence of the Yalakom and Bridge Rivers north of Lillooet,
from where itís a 16-mile (26-km) ride to the Fraser River. The
Bridge offers everything an expert paddler can hope to find: fast
water, raging rapids, hair-raising drop-offs, and challenging technical
Towns: Lillooet, Gold
Bridge, Gold Country,
Sea to Sky Highway
Park: Birkenhead Lake Provincial Park