Breaks Interstate Park Whitewater Season

Those who enjoy raft­ing and kayak­ing on the Rus­sell Fork Riv­er look for­ward to this time each year as they pre­pare to tack­le world class white­wa­ter. Each Sat­ur­day and Sun­day dur­ing the first four full week­ends in Octo­ber, water is released from the John Flan­na­gan Dam and Reser­voir, cre­at­ing Class Five plus rapids on the Rus­sell Fork through the Breaks Gorge.

Dif­fer­ent sec­tions of the riv­er pro­vide vary­ing lev­els of dif­fi­cul­ty. Rafters will find Class Two and Three rapids clos­er to the Flan­na­gan Dam area, and rapids top­ping Class Five through the Breaks Park area on sec­tions of the riv­er with names like twen­ty stitch­es,” bro­ken nose,” and triple drop.” The gra­di­ent of the Rus­sell Fork ranges from five feet per mile to an unbe­liev­able 180 feet per mile. One vio­lent 75-foot stretch, apt­ly named El Hor­ren­do,” is con­sid­ered one of the most dif­fi­cult in the East.

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