North Fork, Big Falls Dam to Ladysmith
- 12 miles, 7 hours
An easy, relaxing paddle with excellent scenery and great fishing
For this scenic, flat-water
float, launch at Big Falls Dam. Fishing is excellent in all of
the lakes along this route, and the scenery is fabulous. Josie
Creek Park, 2 miles downstream from Big Falls Dam, has camping
available complete with electricity and pit toilets.
You will pass underneath the Hwy I bridge about a mile later.
The banks of the river are steep and the scenery is spectacular.
You will need to portage around
the hydro-electric dam. There is a short stretch of fast water
running downstream from the dam, but the current soon slows as
you enter the calm waters of Ladysmith Flowage. Passing through
Ladysmith, you will see many homes and buildings along the river.
Memorial Park is a good place to put-in and take-out.
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