It is currently September 26th, 2022, 6:13 pm

All times are UTC - 5 hours

Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 17 posts ]  Go to page Previous  1, 2
Author Message
 Post subject: Re: Waskesiu river
PostPosted: June 21st, 2019, 9:09 pm 

Joined: November 17th, 2018, 1:34 am
Posts: 16
River Rider,

I don't recall seeing any established portages. However, I had waders and only walked the shore once. I waded or lined the canoe on almost all rapids. My friend did not have waders and walked along the shore when I waded/lined. We had to do this a lot with the low water. You can walk the shores if you have to but with canoe it might be a bit more challenging.

I am not sure how high the water is now but if you have hip waders you won't even need to portage just wade through rapids.

I like your plan of riding up from HW 2 and returning with current. You can make it up river quite a bit especially if you have hip waders! From HW2 and up it is mostly meadering sandy grassy shores but there are maybe 2 sections of rapids within 1 hour from HW2. I plan to do something similar on the Torch River from HW 106 and up river and then back down solo.

Be prepared to get at least a few dings on your canoe. Some of those rocks are hard to see.

BTW, I am a fan of your youtube channel and hope to see a video on the beautiful Waskesiu River.

 Post subject: Re: Waskesiu river
PostPosted: July 29th, 2022, 11:37 am 

Joined: July 22nd, 2022, 2:53 pm
Posts: 1
I did this route by kayak on July 21, 2022. Fun route, worth paddling. Departed from the parking lot of the park trail near the mouth of the river and take out point was the bridge on highway #2 by the Montreal Lake turn off. Total paddling time was 3.5 hours but would recommend 4 would be a better, more relaxed pace. Driving distance from departure point to take out was probably 45km.
Am told the water is moderate to high this year which makes this route passable without having to get out of your boat. I used a single Heritage 15 Kayak. This is built like a polyethylene drum which is a good choice for rivers where you are bouncing through rocks. There are some mild stretches of white water or rolling water where you can expect to feel rocks but for the most part is calm and a nice paddle. I would not recommend using any kayak or canoe where a few bumps or scratches would be disappointing, use a robust craft and expect a few bumps.
There were 4 trees down blocking parts of the river but given the average width is probably about 60’ none of these trees blocked the path completely, was able to navigate each. Only one tree was down in an area of fast water but it wasn’t too bad.
Went alone but was able to be tracked via google maps, not sure if I had cell service all the way but the google maps tracking seemed to work. Tried texting for pick up about 2/3 of the way without issue. Be warned that the last piece is very winding and will take you a little longer than you think. ;o)
Go for it and have fun.

Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 17 posts ]  Go to page Previous  1, 2

All times are UTC - 5 hours

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest

You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot post attachments in this forum

Search for:
Jump to:  
Powered by phpBB® Forum Software © phpBB Group