Testing at the Rutherford Creek WW Kayak Park . Photos by Sam Motrin.
This course was designed by W.K.A.B.C. members. The first alterations have been completed and the course continues to be dialed in for boaters.The flow is 18.9 cms in these photos. The course is very steep in gradient and this has been addressed by creating some canyon and drop features to reduce grades to 2%. A grade of 3% is significantly faster flow, something that surprised me when I saw the engineered testbed at Knight Piesold Engineering in N.Van. These photos are only the top third of the course.There is a large teaching pond at the bottom and more surf and hole features being fine tuned.The course is cobbled with boulders to improve the eddie quality and remove toilet bowl sydrome. The main features have had the cobbles filled to improve velocity. There will be a full time attendent when the course opens, likely next year. The W.K.A.B.C. will own and operate this site.It should be a real asset to nearby Pemberton, where dragonboating, flatwater canoeing and kayaking, and whitewater are already popular local sports.
Whistler is 20 minutes south from the site, so visitors who boat will be able to enjoy the course and rent gear.
For more details or to post queries about the course, see whitewater.org, there are more images too.
Rutherford Creek Power Project - bchydro.com
Squamish WW Paddlers