Badger Creek Rapid

Badger Creek Rapid is the first significant rapid on the Grand Canyon. It features a deep hole towards the top right and a straight shot tongue offering safe passage just to the left of the hole. What makes this rapid challenging is it can be hard to spot the hole from the top of the rapid. Having a good set up involves floating into the rapid with an angle allowing you to push or pull away from the hole as needed and enter the tongue. Once passed the hole, keep following the tongue and enjoy the waves.

The name badger comes from Jacob Hamblin, who killed a badger in the side canyon that feeds into this rapid on river right. Badger and the upcoming Soap creek are related in the sense that Jacob then went downstream and boiled the badger in the water from Soap Creek. The badger fat was mixed with the alkaline water creating soap.

Marc Hunt covers this rapid in his video series. Badger rapid starts at minute marker 14:30

A good example as to why to avoid the Badger hole.

First person view through the rapid.