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PostPosted: March 26th, 2009, 3:13 pm 
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just wondering about how long after the ice in the north saskachewan river opens up, is it safe to travel in canoe..i want to travel between drayton valley and edmonton and i am new to river canoeing...


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PostPosted: March 26th, 2009, 7:35 pm 
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what part of alberta are you in,if you are in edmonton,calgary or sundre there are clubs you can contact,or email paddle alberta


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PostPosted: March 30th, 2009, 11:30 pm 
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The only time of the year the North Sask in that area runs with any speed is at high water. Generally this lasts from breakup for a couple of weeks depending on the conditions upstream. If there is a slow melt, the river rises slowly. If it gets warm and rains in the mountains the river can rise quite rapidly. I have canoed the North Sask from a low of about 2000 cu. ft. per second when it is basically a slow moving lake to a high of about 200,000 cu. ft. per sec. when it moves quite briskly. The trip from Devon to Whitemud creek can take from 2 1/2 hours to 7 or 8 hours depending on river speed and how continuously you paddle. To be safe as a newbie, wait until the debis is gone and the water clears up. This is a nice day paddle any time during the summer and you should have lots of company. Watch out for the power boats, they sometimes throw a serious wake and they dont always pay attention to other users.

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PostPosted: March 31st, 2009, 2:17 pm 
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cool, thanks alot....


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PostPosted: April 13th, 2009, 7:18 pm 
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The river is well open by May.
Clear of most debris by June.
High water is July when the glaciers are melting.
Drayton Valley to Edmonton is 180km.
Up until the middle of June there will be some shallow section so watch for gravel bars, and there is always a channel that is deep enough for a canoe.
The last time I paddled this section in June it snowed.
Do some research on the power of moving water and be aware of log jambs or trees leaning over the water.
You can watch the water levels at http://environment.alberta.ca/apps/basins/default.aspx
The Paddle Alberta site has excerpts from Mark Lund's Guide for Alberta Paddlers which every Alberta paddler should have as a resource. http://paddlealberta.org/safety/paddling_database.asp

If you have any more specific questions let me know.

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PostPosted: April 13th, 2009, 8:56 pm 
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thanks everyone for the info...the river has opened up in the last couple of days...at least through edmonton...thanks again.


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PostPosted: May 3rd, 2009, 8:21 am 
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hey guys, finally gonna do this devon-edmonton run today...im super excited...wish me luck....


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PostPosted: May 3rd, 2009, 7:49 pm 
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Looking forward to the trip report.

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