Canadian Canoe Routes

Waterton River Trip
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Author:  francie [ July 10th, 2006, 4:02 pm ]
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Anyone done the Waterton River trip? Would like some info. Am planning to do the trip probably next week.

Author:  D.R.Zandee [ July 10th, 2006, 11:24 pm ]
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This site has some good info.
We've paddled it several times.
From Hwy 6 to Waterton Reservoir is 29km. It took us 5.5hrs at 32m3/s
There are some class II and II+ rapids.
This route requires you be able to dodge rocks and run riffles and tight corners comfortably.

We also ran it in 70m3/s. What a rush that was. Took 2.5 hours to go 23km from the Waterton River Campground to Waterton Reservoir
Here are a few pix

There is a really good map of Southern AB rivers kicking around at 125,000:1 that has all the rapids and info on it. Also, there is a backroads booklet kicking around that has the info on it as well.


Author:  yarnellboat [ July 10th, 2006, 11:52 pm ]
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I'm guessing there's nothing running around there (Waterton) in August & late September?


Author:  D.R.Zandee [ July 11th, 2006, 7:54 am ]
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By the end of July the flow is usually 20m3/s. At 20m3/s the river does not have enough water for an enjoyable paddle.

This is typical of the Southern Alberta rivers like the Belly, Milk, Castle, St.Mary's. The Oldman around below Ft. McLeod is remains navigiable.

Author:  yarnellboat [ August 20th, 2006, 3:19 pm ]
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What does one find on the Old Man below Ft. Macleod?

What are we talking about in terms of access, distances, challenges, views, etc.? Is it interesting?


Author:  D.R.Zandee [ August 21st, 2006, 9:42 am ]
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Here are the details from my site. I've listed the access/egress points with distances.

We loved doing the stretch this time of year as it is really warm and lots of swimming. There is always lots of pelicans, hawks, and deer. The scenery is badlandish with high dirt cliffs.

Here are some pictures.

:doh: this is the only one I have. I'll have to scan some when I get a chance.[/url]

Author:  jschmidty [ July 8th, 2010, 2:32 pm ]
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Anyone done the Waterton River lately?

I want to do a day trip in a week from the Park to the Reservoir. There's some good information on this site, but I want to whether the water level is going to be sufficient considering that Alberta Environment's chart shows it is dropping quickly. Anyone know?

Author:  Sparkman [ July 8th, 2010, 8:21 pm ]
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I did it a few years ago at 50m3/s. I've heard from others that it's a good paddle down to about 20.


Author:  Marv [ July 8th, 2010, 9:03 pm ]
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The university of Lethbridge still has a few copies of the old Burhman and Young book: Canoeing Chinook Country Rivers.
Hans and David paddled it as low as 14 cu.m.. I have run it several times over the years and found it an enjoyable paddle regardless of the level. The class II stuff becomes very boney below about 20 or so but with good manoeuvering skills you will still scrape some. I just checked the river forecast web and it is running at 41 as of Thursday morning. Great level! have a wonderful paddle and keep an eye out for ferrets around the Drywood confluence.

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