Avadepth is the water velocity & depth prediction tool provided by Fisheries and Oceans Canada. Click for AVADEPTH.
- Select your chosen date,
- Fraser River = Main Arm,
- River Discharge @ Hope = User-defined,
- Report = Velocities.
- Before you click Apply you will need the User-defined info. Go to https://wateroffice.ec.gc.ca/report/real_time_e.html?stn=08MF005 and get the actual discharge at Hope for the specified day. Enter the info and click Apply
You will receive a chart. The column that we use is headed 64, as we are 64km upstream of the datum point. The typical maximum speed is about 1.6 metres per second. FLCC calls Freshet Rules at 1.0 metres per second. The negative number would mean the current is flowing upriver, due to a rising tide.
During the low water months, when the speed of water is not so important, use the Water Levels rather than Velocities feature to understand the dangers of low water.
Freshet Rules in Effect: May 5th, 2021
Increased minimum number of paddlers required
- DB 6-16 or Millenium: 16 mostly experienced paddlers always with an experienced steersperson.
- DB10: 8 mostly experienced paddlers always with an experienced steersperson.
- DB Buk: 12 mostly experienced paddlers always with an experienced steersperson
- Voyageur: 8 minimum including 4 experienced paddlers always with an experienced steersperson.
- OC6: 5 experienced (6 recommended) paddlers always with an experienced steersperson
Lining boats to north side of docks – Dragon Boats at Canoe Dock
- DB: Line boats to north side of Canoe Dock for loading and departing. Returning to the south side is okay.
Lining boats to north side of docks – Outriggers at Riverside (Pub) Dock
- OC6: Must use downriver boat and line around the downstream end of dock, NOT the upstream end of dock before departing. Must return to the north side of dock, then line boats downstream back to mooring.
- OC6 – If the other boat is out upon your return you must line around the downstream end of the dock and move your boat to the upstream mooring position so the second boat can be brought around the downstream end of the dock when it returns.
- Lines to move OCs are in the paddle bucket. After you move your boat around the dock please leave lines on Riverside dock while you are out in case another team needs the lines. Please put the lines back in the OC paddle bucket after you return.
Outriggers at Canoe Dock
- OC6s and V12 moored at the Canoe Dock depart and return in the normal manner.
Always leave and approach docks heading upstream. Remember to use the current to carefully and slowly approach the dock
Do not turn boats between red buoys and bridge.
- DB, OC6 & V12 – to return to Canoe Dock must pass under the north end of bridge, turn downstream of the bridge, then head upstream passing under the south end of bridge to return to the Canoe Dock.
Do not power under bridge as debris catches there – watch out for debris in the river.