Badger Creek Rapid is the first rapid on the journey down the Colorado after leaving Lee’s Ferry. This rapid was formed at the mouths of Badger Creek and Jackass Canyon and is rated at 4-6
Jacob Hamblin, who killed a badger in the side canyon that feeds this rapid on river right, is the reason for this rapid’s name. Badger Creek Rapid and the following rapid called Soap Creek are related because Jacob travelled downstream and boiled the badger in the water from Soap Creek. Soap was created from the badger’s fat mixing with the alkaline water in the creek.