Pacific Northwest Gems: Dipper Creek
Dipper Creek has a small season window, but offers big rewards
This past fall, paddlers from the Bellingham, Wash., and Whistler, B.C. areas waited anxiously for one of their favorite late-season runs to come in. As the very last patches of snow begin to melt, the water level in Dipper Creek drops to the needed flows which allow for safe passage of the run. Dipper Creek rarely runs for more than a week out of the year, so you must be packed and ready to go when the time comes. Much of the run is a boxed-in gorge with 200-300-plus-foot vertical walls with only one way out: down. Huge drops, must-run rapids, massive logjams and downright terrifying portages make Dipper one of the best, but seldom run creeks in southwestern British Columbia. Watch as paddlers Brendan Wells, Ben Marr, Fred Norquist, Richard Kemble, Niko Peha and friends explore the depths of Dipper Creek.
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