Professor Paddle Professor Paddle
  RegisterRegister  LoginLogin
Home Calendar Forum FSBO Gallery PPages Reviews Rivers Trips Links

Big Quilcene    1 - bl. Tunnel Creek to Rainbow Campground (Upper)™ ©
Class V+
Avg Gradient 165 fpm

River Mapplet
Put In Longitude : -122.95812 Putin
Put In Latitude : 47.7812767
Take Out Longitude : -122.92041 Take Out
Take Out Latitude : 47.7733612
County : Jefferson Shuttle
   Gauge Information (Professor Paddle updated levels from BIG QUILCENE RIVER BELOW DIVE at 7/15/2020 3:18:29 PM)
Gauge Forecast Height Current Flow Authority Physical Update
BIG QUILCENE RIVER BELOW DIVE n/a 1.28  75.4   USGS - NWIS 07-15-2020 14:30:00
Minimum Recomended Level:  225      Maximum Recomended Level:  450  


I just put a new gauge up for this run. Please post comments on your run regarding flow, etc.. to dial in a good flow range. 5FEB2015 -Brett

This is the old decommissioned gauge-->

  Putin Details

See Bennet or Korb book.

  Takeout Details

See Bennet or Korb book.

 River Alerts   ( Add Alert ) Pinned Forum Threads
There are no alerts listed for this Run.

There are no forum threads pinned to this run.

  Other Issues

River Level:

Recent reports indicate 250-350, with 350 being high (Spring 2009). Gauge may be unreliable from year to year. Years ago we did a run at 550 on this gauge and it was not considered too high.

  Fun Facts

Some helmet cam footage of a raft run down the Big Q. After SF Sko footage.

   Run Description [Season: ]

Feb 14 2015 - Lots of changes from the huge flow in December (5,000cfs). Not as friendly as in 2012, really scoured by the big water. Casserlys was about the same. Landslide drop and the runout was more congested, not as enticing. Waterfall drop further down has a terrible hole and a really tough setup, though the runout into the corner with the huge boil/pillow was fine, though taller. After that there was some dicey wood in a drop, that could block the run with shifting or another piece of wood. Big drops towards the end had wood in the first 2 drops (sad cause they looked sweet), but the last one (that had been a huge woodpile that you crawled through) was runnable. After that there was a rapid with a bad sieve in the main line. Still some good rapids and moves, but would be nice if things move around a bit more so it's better.

* This beta is from a raft cockpit. The vid looked STOUT with that much water. just sayin'... * ~ Brett    

As of 11/8/09 things are good to go; with some wood in places. We had 290-270 cfs according to the DOE guage above (dropping). Level was low, but 100 cfs more would be a lot bigger. Effort to pleasure ratio is about even right now. A couple of the better drops are woody. When that cleans up it will be better. I'd say a good first time level would be 250-300 depending on your comfort level.
There is wood:
1. right above Casserly Cascade in the small gorge you have to portage then duck/float under. Scout/portage right.
2. at the entrance to the landslide drop (portage right). Rest of the drop goes.
3. at the top drop of the double drop (can portage entire drop on left or just the top drop right and run bottom.) Careful of sieve (with wood) at bottom of drop.
4. the BIG LOG jam. Last time I was in there we lowered off backside of log jam and ran the rest of the rapid. Rapid has changed. Looks like the left side goes, however, we opted for the portage route with fixed rope on right bank (sucks).
5. various other places...keep eyes open and you should be fine.

All that being said, the river shot up to over a 1000 the next day. All bets are off, wood could be somewhere else now.

New Beta as of May 2011:
390-400 on the internet guage seemed good, it was right around 2 on the stick guage near the end.
0. Small logjam right above Casserly's still there. Easy portage on right.
1. In a difficult to scout rapid after a narrow slot on the left wall there is wood in the right channel, left side fine.
2. There is a river wide logjam that is obvious if you are paying attention (you should be on the whole run) near the end of the upper. It is an easy portage on the left.
3. Shortly after above portage is a logjam on the right. The left channel drops into a terrible sieve, don't run it. Portage awkwardly down the right (there is a rope) and run the rest down the right.

The run is great right now. Effort to pleasure ratio is good. Get it while it's good.

New Beta as of 25Jun12:
Both major log jams are still there. Lots of pin potential in the 200-300cfs range, stay on your toes.

Stop and SCOUT! We almost bombed over the left side of the second major log jam because it looks good from upstream. ITS NO GOOD. The drop is fine but there is no way out of the pool except through a wood sieve at the bottom. Right side portage and put back in UNDER the logjam. Not bad at all.

This was a very fun run. Very continuous in certain places. Comparable to Elkhorn but not as fluid, drops can be a bit chunky.

We had an issue with level: AW website was saying level was 220cfs, the text service (41411) was saying 327cfs. I don't know which one was correct but it could have used more water. But not too much more...


Images    tnSize:

Who's Watching Upcoming Trips on this RunTrip Reports
tiziak Send Private Message smcboating Send Private Message willyc Send Private Message
Sam_Graftton Send Private Message
Trip NameTrip Date
Trip Report TitleDate

Beta Trail    
SubmissionBeta Submitted BySubmitted On
JD_G's 2/15/2015 Run SubmissionJD_G2/15/2015 10:15:00 AM
water wacko's 2/5/2015 Run Submissionwater wacko2/5/2015 9:08:00 AM
water wacko's 12/1/2012 Run Submissionwater wacko12/1/2012 7:37:00 AM
tiziak's 6/25/2012 Run Submissiontiziak6/25/2012 1:21:00 PM
JD_G's 5/21/2012 Run SubmissionJD_G5/21/2012 12:29:00 PM
JD_G's 5/20/2012 Run SubmissionJD_G5/20/2012 1:26:00 PM
JD_G's 5/20/2012 Run SubmissionJD_G5/20/2012 1:14:00 PM
water wacko's 3/11/2012 Run Submissionwater wacko3/11/2012 7:07:00 AM
water wacko's 3/11/2012 Run Submissionwater wacko3/11/2012 7:04:00 AM
water wacko's 3/11/2012 Run Submissionwater wacko3/11/2012 7:03:00 AM

// Home / River Details In total there are 227 Active Users online, 227 Guest(s) and 0 Member(s)