WikiProject Whitewater Maps
|OpenStreetMap (and the people who build the maps) accept no responsibility for loss, injury or death caused as a result of following information appearing on our maps, or derived from our map data. Water sports safety and rescue is best learnt and practised in the safe and managed environment of a recognised training course. Any map information created here, should definitely be considered incomplete and a work in progress. In particular hazards may be missing from the map, or river rapids/sections may be graded inaccurately/incorrectly. This is unavoidable, even in finished well-polished kayaking guidebooks, because rivers can change, however in this case the whitewater maps have only been created after a brief "survey" of the river, and are likely to have omissions.
If you don't know about river practise or if a particular river is runnable, don't map the whitewater aspects of it at all.
A project to map the world's whitewater sporting oportunites.
- 1 Who?
- 2 HowTo
- 3 Mapping Progress
- 3.1 Austria
- 3.2 United Kingdom
- 3.3 Slovenia
- 3.4 French Alps
- 3.5 Germany
- 3.6 Czech Republic
- 3.7 Slovakia
- 3.8 Switzerland
- 3.9 Italy
- 3.10 Catalunya
- 4 Related projects / proposals / sites
- 5 Maps
- Harry Wood
- Jonathan Riddell
- Chris Nicolson - who aims to evangelise this kinda thing to Strathclyde University Canoe Club.
- Martin Renvoize - Would like to see Portage routes added. Suggest, Way tagged Whitewater=Portage
- Markus - Whitewater on OpenSeaMap, contact to German and Swiss canoeing associations.
If your a keen whitewater user, why not join the project!
Take a GPS receiver with you when you go paddling, to record the route of the river. Take a note of (or photos of) any interesting rapids or hazards along the way.
You will need waterproofing for your GPS and camera. Although the NaviGPS claims to be waterproof it is best to have a Aquapac or Pelicase. Harry does it with a non-waterproof camera in a Pelicase, but this makes it harder to get photos of every rapid/feature. Chris will use his phone and a GPSlim240 in a peli-case for recording and handy friend with a waterproof camera for pictures. Take advantage of always paddling in a minimum group of 3!
Ideally you'd paddle down the middle of the river. Probably more important for wide rivers. Less so for narrow UK ditches. Actually narrow rivers with lots of trees can loose GPS signal entirely. Improved signal might be achieved by gaffer taping the unit to your kayak or helmet, but Harry has found the front buoyancy-aid pocket to work fine. Ideally each river would be surveyed several times to pick up more details, more GPS tracks, and get a second opinion on gradings etc. We kayakers should not be afraid to adjust each other's work!
- Inn: Imster Schlucht
- Isar: obere
- Lammer: Voglauer Schlucht, Lammeröfen
- Ötz: untere
- Saalach: Slalomstrecke, Schlucht, untere
- River Brathay WikiPaddle Martin Renvoize - Partially Completed, further knowledge needed!
- River Calder WikiPaddle Martin Renvoize - Needs Work!
- River Kent WikiPaddle Martin Renvoize - Completed Section below Kendal.
- Troutbeck WikiPaddle Martin Renvoize - Completed.
- River Leven WikiPaddle Martin Renvoize - Completed Top Section.
- River Rothay WikiPaddleMartin Renvoize - Completed (Although, many more put_in's could be added)
- River Crake WikiPaddleMartin Renvoize - Completed
- Derwent, Darley Dale to Matlock ukriverguidebook Jonathan Riddell
- Washburn ukriverguidebook Jonathan Riddell
- Middle Findhorn ukriversguidebook Jonathan Riddell
- Lower Gorge Findhorn ukriversguidebook Jonathan Riddell
- Garry in Inverness-shire ukriversguidebook Jonathan Riddell
- Moriston in Inverness-shire ukriversguidebook Jonathan Riddell
- Coe (Upper) Put in only Jonathan Riddell
- Etive (Upper and Middle) ukriversguidebook Upper ukriversguidebook Middle ukriversguidebook Dalness Falls from the road Jonathan Riddell
- Spean and Roy ukriversguidebook Spean ukriversguidebook Roy Jonathan Riddell
- Pattack ukriversguidebook Get out only Jonathan Riddell
- Ness Could do with marking more weirs and rapids Jonathan Riddell
- Falls of Lora ukriversguidebook Tidal rave waves Jonathan Riddell
- Tay at Grandtully ukriversguidebook 2 ukriversguidebook 1 Access point and Grandtully rapids Jonathan Riddell
- Tay at Stanley ukriversguidebook Access, weir, egress Jonathan Riddell
- Falls of Leny ukriversguidebook Access, falls, egress Jonathan Riddell
- North Esk (Lower) by Edzell ukriversguidebook Jonathan Riddell
- River Awe ukriversguidebook Jonathan Riddell
- River Orchy ukriversguidebook 1 2 3 including Allt Kinglass Jonathan Riddell
- River Tummel (Lower) ukriversguidebook Jonathan Riddell
- River Teith ukriversguidebook Jonathan Riddell
- Keltie Water ukriversguidebook Jonathan Riddell
- Urlar/Moness Burn at Aberfeldy Briefly Jonathan Riddell
- Falls of Dochart ukriversguidebook Jonathan Riddell
- River Ericht Whitewater Guide Jonathan Riddell
- River Lyon ukriversguidebook Jonathan Riddell
- Pinkston Watersports Centre Pinkston Watersports Centre Jonathan Riddell
- Allan Water ukriversguidebook Jonathan Riddell
- Clyde at Stonebyres Jonathan Riddell
- Tweed at Fairnilee ukriversguidebook Jonathan Riddell
- Tweed at St Boswells ukriversguidebook Jonathan Riddell
- Almond by Edinburgh Jonathan Riddell
- North Esk by Edinburgh Jonathan Riddell
- Nith ukriversguidebook needs individual rapid names and grades Jonathan Riddell
- Border Esk by Edinburgh Jonathan Riddell
- Koritnica - aluka (River Information: Koritnica at paddeln.at)
- Soca - aluka (River Information: Soca at paddeln.at)
- Briancon gorge & upper Durance -- Harry Wood
- lower Durance - only surveyed top top bit -- Harry Wood
- middle Guile - poor signal -- Harry Wood 15:47, 6 July 2008 (UTC)
- Upper Guile -- Harry Wood 15:47, 6 July 2008 (UTC)
- Ubaye Racecourse - Weird timestamp problem prevented geolocating put in/rapid photos :-( -- Harry Wood
- Aller / Hodenhagen - Verden
- Ems / Listrup - Lingen
- Fulda / Guxhagen - Kassel
- Hase / Bückelte - Meppen
- Hase / Essen - Haselünne
- Lahn / Gisselberg - Wetzlar
- Mulde / Raguhn - Mündung Elbe
|Loisach/Griesenschlucht||aluka||Loisach/Griesenschlucht at kajaktour.de|
- Vltava - Lipno, Čerťáky (first parts of Vltava - the most interesting though :) ) - hopet
- Teplá Vltava, Vydra, Křemelná - please respect tags boat=no wherever applied, due to nature preservation reasons - hopet
- Rhone nur oberstes Stück
- Aare Thun-Bern Zwischen-Einstiege fehlen
- Kander nur letztes Stück
- Passirio All but Merano part
- Noce Confluence Noce Bianco x Vermigliana down to Slalom course in Mezzana
- Isarco Vipetino - Mittewald
- Parc d'Aigües Braves de La Pilastra de Salt Parc d'Aigües Braves de La Pilastra de Salt
- Sort y Riu Noguera Pallaresa Sort y Riu Noguera Pallaresa
- Rio Esera
Related projects / proposals / sites
- United Kingdom waterways#Rivers - more general effort to do river mapping in the UK (and canals) Note that in the UK we can trace over NPE maps, which we should aim to do en masse. This will give us a greate starting point for adding whitewater gradings.
- Proposed features/River Difficulty - Alternative proposal for River Grading tags. Abandoned (inactive)
- Proposed features/Canoe - Related proposal.
OpenSeaMap - the whitewater-map - covers the whole world. Whitewater starts in zoom level z=9 and shows the sections in colours according to the grades of their difficulty, in z=13 you see places for put_in and egress, weirs, obstacles and rapids, camping, bed and breakfast, canoe rental stations, etc. In z=15 you see names of rafts. Select in menu "View" the layer "Sport". If you select the layer "Gauges", you can see river gauges in real time. If you select the layer "Wikipedia", you can see Wikipedia articles and photos around. Zoom in to see more.
- Mapping using OpenSeaMap JOSM Tools
OpenSeaMap provides tools to edit whitewater features as part of its support for water sports. There are two options that can be set in JOSM: A Tagging Preset tool to enable easy editing of water sports features and Map Paint styles to display these features in JOSM. These tools are installed from the "Preferences->Map Settings" pane: In the "Tagging Presets" tab, select "Water Sports" and click the arrow button between the two list panels. In the "Map Paint Styles" tab, select and add "Watersports" in the same way. Then click the "OK" button at the bottom and restart JOSM.
To edit a whitewater feature, select the way or node in question & then click the "Presets" menu item (or type Alt-P), then select "Water Sports->Whitewater" and the feature item. There are optional descripition fields in all items, optional name fields in the Section & Rapid items and mandatory Grade menus in the Graded Rapid & Section items. When these are set, click "Apply Preset" and the correct tags will be generated. (Note that any pre-existing tags will not be deleted.)
Any edited whitewater features will be rendered by the OpenSeaMap renderer & added to the Sport layer in the map. This can be found at: http://map.openseamap.org/map/. There is a "View" menu item from which the "Sport" item can be selected. The selected items will be overlaid on the normal OSM Mapnik map.
FranceTopo.fr - A French project providing high quality topographic rendering based on OSM data, with an overlay for whitewater. Covers whole France plus limited areas in surrounding countries. Whitewater discussion section in the associated forum
Forth Canoe Club Open WhiteWater Map
The first Whitewater Map: Forth Canoe Club Open WhiteWater Map covers Britain but is no longer updated
- TODO (for FCC Open Whitewater map)
- fix icon priorities
- show section_grade tags
- automatic update from OSM
- better river data, get mapping!
This is also with SRTM contours data loaded in and rendered
Open Street Browser has a 'Whitewater Information' category which displays the whitewater tags. This is a fairly new system and it still has bugs - if it doesn't work try a different browser as it isn't currently working with Internet Explorer (Jan 2012). Note that information is rendered when it's demanded... so on your first visit to a map area, unless someone else has viewed the area recently, the correct information will be displayed in the left column but the map will display "This overlay has not been completely rendered yet. Please try again later". You need to do as asked.
OpenStreetBrowser is particularly useful because it allows easy inspection of all tag contents including descriptions.
Tag information is available fairly quickly after being added to Open Street Map (and tag locations are displayed in the left column).
Currently OpenStreetBrowser uses coloured dots rather than icons for display - green for put_in or egress, red for hazard tags, green dotted lines for portage, and pink for all other information.
Look for the 'Whitewater Information' sub category under the 'Waterways and Other Water' category which is accessed through the 'more categories' link in the left column - or try this map of Scotland which should have the whitewater information already displayed. A second sub category displaying river, reservoir, lake (etc) information is also available.