Lower Delta River, Black Rapids Section


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low impact camping techniques.


Lower Tangle Lakes and Black Rapids insetLower Delta River - Black Rapids Section

If you are an experienced kayaker or whitewater rafter, you can float from Mile 212.5 on the Richardson approximately 18 miles downstream past Black Rapids Glacier. The river becomes very swift with glacial silt as you travel further downstream. The Black Rapids Canyon has large hydraulics and high standing waves that are greatly affected by water flow from the surrounding glacier fed streams that drain into the Delta River. Use caution and scout the canyon if possible. It is not recommended for open canoes and is rated Class III-IV. There are no designated take-out points for this trip, but the Richardson Highway parallels the Delta River in numerous locations.