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PostPosted: May 6th, 2005, 1:40 pm 
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I'm planning on finally getting back to paddling this May long weekend. I haven't done much since I was a teen so I'm taking it slow and will see how the rest of the family takes to it as they have never paddled before. We will be camping at Writing-on-Stone and I was going to do a couple of day trips from there.

The first one from the weir bridge to the deer creek bridge; supposed to be 18km. If that goes well the next day we may do coffin bridge to Writing-on-Stone; supposed to be 33km. flows have been pretty consistent at about 18. I'm sure the first we could do in a few of hours but how long do you think the second one will take with those flows? What range of flows do you think would make it fun but not overly exciting (don't want to scare them off)?

Any other advice would be appreciated

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PostPosted: May 6th, 2005, 10:24 pm 
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http://www.darinzandee.wildrec.net/Milk%20River.htm
Check out my site for most of the info you will need. Also, check the routes section on CCR.

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The first one from the weir bridge to the deer creek bridge; supposed to be 18km.

I've got this in the routes section

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coffin bridge to Writing-on-Stone; supposed to be 33km. flows have been pretty consistent at about 18. how long do you think the second one will take with those flows?

We did this section at 25m3/s. It took us 3.5hours paddle time and 4 hours trip time. We did 8km/hr in the wind and 10km/hr when paddling hard. I'd say this is the perfect flow for fun and safe.
We also did it at 21m3/s and did just under 8km/hr.

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What range of flows do you think would make it fun but not overly exciting (don't want to scare them off)?

30+ is intermediate only (pushy in corners)
20-25 is perfect
17 you will need rock identification and dodging abilities above Weir Bridge
15> is too low

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PostPosted: May 10th, 2005, 1:01 pm 
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thanks Darrin

I did check out your web site and what was in the routes section. This along with your comments is most helpful. Hopefully all works out for us.

I spent 2 years up in Ft. Mac and never picked up a paddle - such a waste! Oh well, at least I know how to get back there.

Thanks again

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PostPosted: May 10th, 2005, 5:51 pm 
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I lived in Lethbridge for 3 years. There is some good paddling there.
On my site you will find info on the Belly, Waterton, Oldman, and Milk.
If you have any questions about them that aren't on my site feel free to ask as I keep a pretty detailed account.

I sure miss the Milk River. There is something magical about that place.

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