Kahshe Creek

Back in early May we made a trip out to Kahshe Creek near Gravenhurst on the beta gathered from another group of paddlers. While many of the main rapids were left unrun, we thought it would be a great opportunity to hit a few of them.So Jeff, Tamara, James and I headed out to conquer it….

We put in on a fairly rainy day and had our expectations set pretty high based on the previously mentioned beta. The first drop was obstructed by a foot bridge as indicated, though the drop was a pretty small class III one move rapid, so no big dissappointment there. Next is a larg Class V+ less then vertical falls – which the locals funny enough call Sabertooth. We decided to walk this. While the lead in was alright, the rapid narrows considerably at the bottom, along with some significant reactionaries ready to dump on you some rocks face first, with a big rock river right ready to take your head off.

 

I’d like to go back to this in higher water, as I think it would be more feasible. While I’d like to think we may have been capable of running this drop, it was ultimately up to chance whether or not you run the bottom and make it out unscathed.
Following this was a great class III / IV drop, which included a pretty fun boof over some tow back. We ended up running multiple lines over this since we were anxious to do some paddling and weren’t sure if there was anything worthwhile afterwards. From what I understand this is just the second part of Sabertooth.
From there there is some boogie water, as well as another small class III rapid before we reached the highway. We decided to paddle underneath the highway, since the culverts were huge, and had some fun looking stuff in them as well, in addition to being boat scoutable.
One of the guys giving out beta had mentioned there was a potential drop below the highway, so we decided to take a look further downstream, and we ran into probably the most fun drop of the day.
This drop is a boof over a hole into a 10 foot vertical falls. There is a line on river right requiring no boof, but we decided it wasn’t worth the risk of a potential piton. There were a lot of no tresspassing signs, so we went and talked to the home owners and they said go for it. In fact they actually came out and watched us run it, and said come back any time. They also mentioned they had never seen or heard anyone of running this drop, since it is literally in their front yard.
This pretty much made our day, and the line was super fun. Not often do you find a clean vertical drop in Ontario, so I definitely recomend hitting this.
Overall, the Kahshe creek was more of a park and huck. We could have put in at the Kahshe lake campground and had a quick walk back to the car. I’d defintely recommend these drops to anyone in the area.
Here is how to get there..

I’d like to go back to this in higher water, as I think it would be more feasible. While I’d like to think we may have been capable of running this drop, it was ultimately up to chance whether or not you run the bottom and make it out unscathed.

Following this was a great class III / IV drop, which included a pretty fun boof over some tow back. We ended up running multiple lines over this since we were anxious to do some paddling and weren’t sure if there was anything worthwhile afterwards. From what I understand this is just the second part of Sabertooth.

From there there is some boogie water, as well as another small class III rapid before we reached the highway. We decided to paddle underneath the highway, since the culverts were huge, and had some fun looking stuff in them as well, in addition to being boat scoutable.
One of the guys giving out beta had mentioned there was a potential drop below the highway, so we decided to take a look further downstream, and we ran into probably the most fun drop of the day.

This drop is a boof over a hole into a 10 foot vertical falls. There is a line on river right requiring no boof, but we decided it wasn’t worth the risk of a potential piton. There were a lot of no tresspassing signs, so we went and talked to the home owners and they said go for it. In fact they actually came out and watched us run it, and said come back any time. They also mentioned they had never seen or heard anyone of running this drop, since it is literally in their front yard.

This pretty much made our day, and the line was super fun. Not often do you find a clean vertical drop in Ontario, so I definitely recomend hitting this.

Overall, the Kahshe creek was more of a park and huck. We could have put in at the Kahshe lake campground and had a quick walk back to the car. I’d defintely recommend these drops to anyone in the area.

Here is how to get there..
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