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Astotin Lake and Islet Lake. Guide, Skeleton.
Ed note: Astotin Lake is 45 km (straight-line distance) northeast of Edmonton.
The information in this entry is excerpted with permission from Mark Lund’s
Mark’s Guide for Alberta Paddlers, 2007 edition.
Further information is available at the Alberta Skeletons thread
http://www.myccr.com/SectionForums/view ... 09&t=31720
Distance (maximum) and duration: 9 km; 7 km. Day trips
Comments: Novice lake tripping; sheltered paddling; birding in the spring.

Battle River. Fabyan to Hwy 41. Guide, Skeleton.
Ed note: Fabyan is a few km northwest of Wainwright.
The information in this entry is excerpted with permission from Mark Lund’s
Mark’s Guide for Alberta Paddlers, 2007 edition.
Further information is available at the Alberta Skeletons thread
http://www.myccr.com/SectionForums/view ... 09&t=31720
Distance (maximum) and duration: 25 km. 1 day.
River comments: Novice tripping river.
General comments: Pleasant spring paddle, open vistas.

Blackstone River. Chungo Creek Road to Gas Plant bridge. Guide, Skeleton.
Ed notes:
1. Chungo Creek Road is west of Rte 734, northwest of Nordegg.
2. The Blackstone River is a tributary of the Brazeau River.
The information in this entry is excerpted with permission from Mark Lund’s
Mark’s Guide for Alberta Paddlers, 2007 edition.
Further information is available at the Alberta Skeletons thread
http://www.myccr.com/SectionForums/view ... 09&t=31720
Distance (maximum) and duration: 42 km. Half day to 2 days.
River comments: Intermediate whitewater river at average to low flow rates.
General comments: Good whitewater, spectacular foothills scenery.

Brazeau River. Information.
Brazeau River Provincial Recreation Area.
http://www.albertaparks.ca/siteinformation.aspx?id=106
Wikipedia.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brazeau_River

Brazeau River. Forestry Trunk Road to Brazeau Dam. Guide, Skeleton.
Ed notes:
1. Forestry Trunk Road appears to be Rte 734.
2. Brazeau Dam (road access) is at the southwest end of the Brazeau Reservoir.
The information in this entry is excerpted with permission from Mark Lund’s
Mark’s Guide for Alberta Paddlers, 2007 edition.
Further information is available at the Alberta Skeletons thread
http://www.myccr.com/SectionForums/view ... 09&t=31720
Distance (maximum) and duration: 100 km. 1 to 4 days.
River comments: Whitewater river for skilled paddlers.
General comments: Challenging whitewater.

Brazeau River. Upper Brazeau to Brazeau Dam. Guide.
Source: MacDonald, Janice E. Canoeing Alberta. Lone Pine Publishing, Edmonton (1985). Ed note: Although much of the logistical information is likely outdated, the book contains information that I have not seen elsewhere.
Two reaches, with intermediate access/egress at Brazeau Recreation area.
Route description: I did not find “Upper Brazeau” at Toporama and so cannot write a full Route description.

Clearwater River. Information.
Ed note: This Clearwater River flows into the North Saskatchewan River, near Rocky Mountain House; the other flows into the Athabasca River.
Seven Mile Provincial Recreation Area.
http://gateway.cd.gov.ab.ca/siteinformation.aspx?id=219
Wikipedia.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clearwater ... Alberta%29

Clearwater River. Features.
Timber Creek, Seven Mile Flats Campground, Corkscrew Mountain, Tay River confluence, Ricinus bridge, Butte, Dovercourt, Prairie Creek confluence, North Saskatchewan River junction and Rocky Mountain House.

Clearwater River. Timber Creek to Rocky Mountain House. Online, Guide.
Source: Mark’s Guide library.
Three reaches, with intermediate access/egress points at Seven Mile Flats Campgound and Ricinus bridge.
Route description: Clearwater River features.
http://members.shaw.ca/marksguide/clear ... skCA78.pdf

Clearwater River. Timber Creek to Rocky Mountain House. Guide.
Source: MacDonald, Janice E. Canoeing Alberta. Lone Pine Publishing, Edmonton (1985). Ed note: Although much of the logistical information is likely outdated, the book contains information that I have not seen elsewhere.
Three reaches, with intermediate access/egress points at Seven Mile Flats campground and Ricinus bridge.
Route description: Clearwater River features.

North Saskatchewan River. Information.
Canadian Heritage Rivers System. Banff National park portion.
http://www.chrs.ca/Rivers/NorthSask/NorthSask_e.htm
City of Edmonton, River Recreation Guide.
Ed note: Thanks to Paddle Alberta for the link.
http://www.edmonton.ca/environmental/do ... eation.pdf
Wikipedia.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/North_Saskatchewan_River
Rocky Mountain House National Historic Site.
http://www.pc.gc.ca/lhn-nhs/ab/rockymou ... ndex_E.asp
Modeste-Saskatchewan PNA.
http://gateway.cd.gov.ab.ca/siteinformation.aspx?id=550
St Francis PNA.
http://gateway.cd.gov.ab.ca/siteinformation.aspx?id=465
Genesee PNA.
http://gateway.cd.gov.ab.ca/siteinformation.aspx?id=442
Victoria Settlement PNA.
http://gateway.cd.gov.ab.ca/siteinformation.aspx?id=485

North Saskatchewan River. Features.
Ed note: Features are taken from Toporama and so local names are omitted; examples, with putative locations, are Whirlpool Point (below Hwy 93 bridge) and Preacher`s Point (start of Abraham Lake).
Alexandra River mouth (from Hwy 93, Icefields Parkway), Rampart Creek confluence, Arctomys Creek confluence, Howse River confluence, Mistaya River confluence,
Saskatchewan River Crossing and Hwy 93 bridge, creek confluences (Murchison, Corona, Spreading, Loudon), Siffleur River confluence, Kootenay Plains, Abraham Lake (Cline River confluence), dam, Bighorn River confluence, creek confluences (Haven, Black Canyon),
Rte 734 bridge (Nordegg bridge), creek confluences, The Gap, creek confluences, past Saunders, creek confluences (Saunders, Slippery, Sunset, Jackfish, Camp, Trout, Lewis, Rough), Ram River confluence, past Horburg, Cow Creek confluence, Ferrier, RR bridge and Garth, Rocky Mountain House Historic Site, Clearwater River confluence, Hwy 11A bridge and
Rocky Mountain House, bridge, creek confluences, Baptiste River confluence, Brazeau River confluence, past Boggy Hall, Blue Rapids, Rose Creek confluence and Washout-Saskatchewan PNA, past Buck Creek, Pembina Field PNA, Hwy 22 bridge,
Drayton Valley (Willey West campground, downstream of Hwy 22 bridge is use for access/egress) and Drayton Valley PNA, North Saskatchewan PNA, Mishow Creek confluence, Rte 759 bridge (Berrymoor), Modeste-Saskatchewan PNA and Poplar Creek confluence,, St Francis PNA, past Burtonsville, Genesee PNA, creek confluences (Wabamun, Strawberry, Willow, Cutbank, Conjuring) past Keephills, creek confluences, Hwy 60 bridge,
Devon (Riverside Park is used for access/egress), Big Island, Hwy 216 bridge,
Edmonton (Fort Edmonton Historic Park, Whitemud Creek confluence; some parties use Capilano Park for access/egress), creek confluences (Horsehills, Pointe-aux-Pins), Fort Saskatchewan, Sturgeon River confluence, Hwy 38 bridge and Redwater River confluence, creek confluences (Beaverhill, Namepi), Rte 831 bridge (Waskatenau), Peno Creek confluence, Rte 855 bridge, Victoria Settlement and Victoria Settlement Provincial Historic Site), Pakan, creek confluences (Smoky, White Earth, Redclay), Rte 857 bridge and Wasel, Cucumber Creek confluence, rapids (2 sets marked), Snake Hills, Saddlelake Creek confluence, Duvernay, Hwy 29 (36?) bridge, Brosseau, Rte 881 bridge, Fort Island and Slawa Creek confluence, Siler Creek confluence, Death River confluence, Hwy 41 bridge (Elk Point), creek confluences (Telegraph, Moosehills), Riverview, Middle Creek, bridge (Rte 893?) and Heinsburg, Lea Park and Rte 897 bridge, Vermilion River confluence and Jubilee Regional Park, Hwy 17 bridge and Saskatchewan.

North Saskatchewan River. Ramparts Creek to Preacher's Point . Guide, Skeleton.
The information in this entry is excerpted with permission from Mark Lund’s
Mark’s Guide for Alberta Paddlers, 2007 edition.
Further information is available at the Alberta Skeletons thread
http://www.myccr.com/SectionForums/view ... 09&t=31720
Distance (maximum) and duration: 52 km. 2 days (or two 1-day paddles).
River comments: Tripping river for intermediate paddlers; portage required.
General comments: Great mountain scenery, very pleasant river paddling

North Saskatchewan River. Nordegg to Rocky Mountain House. Guide, Skeleton.
The information in this entry is excerpted with permission from Mark Lund’s
Mark’s Guide for Alberta Paddlers, 2007 edition.
Further information is available at the Alberta Skeletons thread
http://www.myccr.com/SectionForums/view ... 09&t=31720
Distance (maximum) and duration: 106 km. 3 to 4 days.
River comments: Whitewater and tripping river for intermediate paddlers.
General comments: Alberta's premier whitewater (season-long), long-weekend camping run.

North Saskatchewan River. Rocky Mountain House to Drayton Valley. Guide, Skeleton.
The information in this entry is excerpted with permission from Mark Lund’s
Mark’s Guide for Alberta Paddlers, 2007 edition.
Further information is available at the Alberta Skeletons thread
http://www.myccr.com/SectionForums/view ... 09&t=31720
Distance (maximum) and duration: 133 km. 2 to 3 days.
River comments: Intermediate tripping river, but with log jams and sweepers.
General comments: Good camping, modest whitewater; fur-trade history.

North Saskatchewan River. Nordegg to Drayton Valley. Guide.
Extracted from Paddle Alberta:
North Saskatchewan — NOVICE+ to INTERMEDIATE
Class I – II
A high volume river that flows through the foothills region of forested valleys and river characterized by ledges, wave trains and rock features. From Nordegg, Bridge through The Gap and many rough water stretches toward Saunders, Horburg and Rocky Mountain House. Then Baptiste River, Abraham’s Gates, Brazeau River, Lodgepole, Buck Creek and then on to Drayton Valley.
Ed note: Available for purchase at
http://www.paddlealberta.org/paddling/maps.asp

North Saskatchewan River, Upper.
Source: Nessmuking library.
Author: Robert H Pruden.
Route description: Put-in NW of the intersection of Hwys 11 and 93; bad dump (lost boat) in gorge not far below the start.
http://www.paddlinglight.com/articles/d ... -crossing/

North Saskatchewan River. From above Abraham Lake to North Battleford.
Source: Nessmuking library.
Author: Robert H Pruden.
Route description: Put-in 32 km above Abraham Lake, Nordegg, Rocky Mountain House, Edmonton (pause), Duvernay, North Battleford (SK).
http://www.paddlinglight.com/articles/t ... wan-river/

North Saskatchewan River. Icefields Parkway to Rocky Mountain House. Online, Journal.
Source: Neis Family library.
Author: Margot Neis.
Ed note: The Neis party had a guide other than Mark Lund’s.
Route description: Put-in below Hwy 93 bridge, Whirlpool Point (not at Toporama), Siffleur River confluence, Preacher’s Point (start of Abraham Reservoir), drive to below Bighorn Dam, Bighorn River confluence, North Saskatchewan River features, Rocky Mountain House.
Story:
http://www.vvneisfamily.com/canoeing/no ... story.html
Photos:
http://www.vvneisfamily.com/canoeing/no ... hsask.html
Area map:
http://www.vvneisfamily.com/canoeing/threeframe.html

North Saskatchewan River. Nordegg to Rocky Mountain House.
Source: ripplewake library.
Route description: Nordegg to Rocky Mountain House (including Saunders Point and Devil’s Elbow); not prepared in detail.
Author: Monster.
http://ripplewake.ca/

North Saskatchewan River. Drayton Valley to Devon.
Source: Paddle Alberta library.
Author: Mark Lund.
Route description: Drayton Valley (Willey West campground, downstream from Hwy 22 (39?) bridge), North Saskatchewan River features, Devon (Riverside Park).
http://www.paddlealberta.org/pdf/trips/ ... oDevon.pdf

North Saskatchewan River. Devon to Edmonton.
Source: Paddle Alberta library.
Author: Mark Lund.
Route description: Devon (Riverside Park), North Saskatchewan River features), Edmonton (Capilano Park).
Ed note: Mark recommends the City of Edmonton's River Recreation Guide.
http://www.paddlealberta.org/pdf/trips/ ... monton.pdf

North Saskatchewan River. Edmonton to the SK border.
Source: Paddle Alberta library.
Author: Mark Lund.
Route description: Edmonton (Capilano Park), North Saskatchewan River features, Hwy 17 bridge and site of former ferry.
http://www.paddlealberta.org/pdf/trips/ ... undary.pdf

North Saskatchewan River, Upper. Notes, Photos.
Author: Darin Zandee.
Route description: Ed note: local contact is needed. Location is likely above Rocky Mountain House, near Horburg.
http://www.darinzandee.wildrec.net/Nort ... eley's.htm

North Saskatchewan River. Drayton Valley to Devon. Notes, Photos.
Author: Darin Zandee.
Route description: Drayton Valley, North Saskatchewan River features, Devon.
http://www.darinzandee.wildrec.net/125k ... chewan.htm

North Saskatchewan River. Rocky Mountain House to Edmonton. Online, Journal.
Source: Canadian Canoe Routes, Alberta Forum.
Author: gbarron.
Route description: Rocky Mountain House (bridge at Hwy 11A), North Saskatchewan River features, Edmonton (Emily Murphy Park).
Ed note: Report contains campsite locations and a river profile map (elevation vs distance).
Title at source: N Saskatchewan: Rocky Mountain House to Edmonton Aug. 2009.
http://www.myccr.com/SectionForums/view ... 10&t=34533

North Saskatchewan River. Alexandra River to Edmonton. Guide.
Source: MacDonald, Janice E. Canoeing Alberta. Lone Pine Publishing, Edmonton (1985). Ed note: Although much of the logistical information is likely outdated, the book contains information that I have not seen elsewhere.
Five reaches, with intermediate access/egress at Saskatchewan Crossing, Nordegg Bridge, Rocky Mountain House and Drayton Valley.
Route description: Alexandra River, North Saskatchewan River features, Edmonton.

Sturgeon River. Bon Accord to the North Saskatchewan River. Guide, Skeleton.
Ed note: Bon Accord is 35 km (straight-line distance) north of Edmonton.
The information in this entry is excerpted with permission from Mark Lund’s
Mark’s Guide for Alberta Paddlers, 2007 edition.
Further information is available at the Alberta Skeletons thread
http://www.myccr.com/SectionForums/view ... 09&t=31720
Distance (maximum) and duration: 33 km. Half-day to full-day trips.
River comments: Tripping river. For intermediate paddlers at higher flow rates; otherwise novice paddlers with good leadership.
General comments: Spring run. Pleasant boreal and parkland forest scenery; active bird life.

Whitemud Creek. Online, Journal, Photos.
Source: Private site and Canadian Canoe Routes, Alberta Forum
Author: ice-breaker.
Route description (day trip): Ellerslie Road to North Saskatchewan River.
Title at source: Spring run on Whitemud Creek in Edmonton.
Report:
http://www.myccr.com/phpbbforum/viewtop ... 10&t=37980
Photos and map:
https://picasaweb.google.com/1030369668 ... emudCreek#