Three Rocks Rapid
About Three Rocks rapid
Three Rocks is a tricky rapid and should be scouted from the highway before attempting. At high water this is one of the most challenging rapids on the river and sees the most carnage. You will start to enter this rapid at the first right hand turn after Prelude. At the crux of this rapid, there are 3 major rocks lined up laterally across the river and all three of these will be underwater at high water.
How to run Three Rocks rapid
At the crux of this rapid there are 3 major rocks lined up laterally across the river and all three of these will be underwater at high water.
Highwater line 1 – Enter center. Pass the first major wave, known as Kahuna on the right. Move left to go between the center and left rocks. After this move, watch out for the standing wave, avoid this on the right or left if there is room. If not, T up and hit it with momentum. This will be an intense hit.
Highwater line 2 – Enter center. Hit the first smaller wave train, as the river turns left work right. Clip the left hand side of the Kahuna wave – then work right to make the line between the center and right rock. If you get too much of Kahuna it can push you over the big pourover in the center of the river river. After this move watch out for the standing wave, either avoid to right or left if there is room or T up and hit it with momentum. This will be an intense hit.
Highwater line 3 – Start river left and stay left. This line is the sneak line but if you bump the left shore it can push you right into the main pourover. As the river turns left stay left and you want to enter left of the left rock hugging the shore.
Below 500 CFS we recommend putting at Salt Lick just downstream.