Weber Rapid

After finishing Redside Rapid, a fast moving straightaway brings you to the next horizon line, Weber Rapid. At most water flows, Weber is fun, splashy, and not particularly hard. The rapid is characterized by an initial drop, followed by some holes in the middle of the rapid, and then a final, smaller drop towards the end. A left of center line the entire way is good to go. Smaller craft, especially duckies, are more likely to have issues here.

For the initial drop, my preference before committing to a line is to do a quick boat scout to more easily find the softest left of center spot in the drop / hole. (A boat scout means I stand on top of my cooler or frame for a better than sitting look.) Once through the drop, keep your eye out for a small to medium middle-of-the-rapid hole. You can plug this if you hit it straight, or go left of it, but you need to decide quickly as the current is moving fast here. Once through that, you’re in the home stretch for the final waves, keep it straight through these, they’re not as munchy but can still be plenty big.

Duckies taking the left of center drop. Photo by Idaho River Journeys.

High angle at lower water showing you the top drop, center holes and bottom waves. Photo by Idaho River Journeys.

In this video you can see how the middle of the rapid hole can be a bit troublesome.