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PostPosted: March 28th, 2003, 12:27 pm 


I am planning on canoeing this river sometime this spring (2003), probably around May long weekend. I was wondering if anybody out there knows anything about the water levels or difficulty level of canoeing this stretch of river.


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PostPosted: March 29th, 2003, 10:24 pm 
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I paddled that section.Put in at RMH at the old fur trading post above town.The onliest problem I had was shallow water,the river at the beginning is fast and strong.There is a slight learning curve on reading the depth as to taking the proper channel.This was at the beginning of July in May water should be higher.Met 2 or 3 other paddlers at that time there are some nice established campsites along the river. Do a search for the Edmonton canoe club and contact them.There is also a N Saskatchewan River.I cant put my hands on it right now but will dig up a source for you


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PostPosted: April 1st, 2003, 12:00 pm 
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I have not paddled this section yet but here are some sources of info.

Reach Reports that the Alberta Canoe Association published in 1978. The booklet would provide information on seasonal flows and river classification.

http://www3.gov.ab.ca/env/water/ws/week ... /table.pdf

http://www3.gov.ab.ca/env/water/basins/BasinForm.cfm

http://www.ceyana.ca

http://www.nwvoyageurs.com


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PostPosted: April 12th, 2003, 3:08 am 
I've paddled this sections a few time in spring and find that the water levels low. Weather and snowmelt have a huge impact.
One year on the May long weekend the levels were really loww and I came across 2 deer carcasses in the same channels I was running. Yikes! this was bear country and I could've been crashing a dinner party. There was No water flowing from the Brazeau at all. .After setting up camp at the Drayton bridge a couple days later the water changed. The huge 3 foot rock I had tied my boat to while unloading was completely cover over and the river was full of huge trees, garden sheds and someones old boat. Stayed the 2 days till the water went down enough to continue down stream.

Water is swift, clear and cold. Many braided channels. Possibility of extreme water level changes. Tie that boat up if you stop on shore.
Happy spring time paddling!


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