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PostPosted: September 19th, 2010, 8:47 am 
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We´ve Paddled the Foster and Churchill Rivers about the first two weeks in August. Flown into Lower Foster Lake with Osprey Wings out of Missinipe. On the way in we´ve checkéd the forestfires at the upper parts of the Foster Lakes,finaly landed a little downstream of Welsh Rapids. The lower waterlevels we had were just fine and as Ric Driediger sayed ideal on the rapids as we were able to run all the easy ones and had plenty of room to line some tougher ones. Most portages are in good shape, even those who had been burnt down in a 1998 fire altough those had dense new growth. We did our part and did some maintainance. We didn´t met anybody till Eulas Lake Lodge were we´ve received a warm welcome from the Owners. The first nine day´s on the Foster the weather was nice and warm, except one rain-day we´ve spent in camp. The last four on the Churchill we´ve had very strong winds from the NW and it was a hard paddle accross the Lakes and we´ve had one windbound day in Black Bear Island Lake. Visited the Rockpaintings at Fish River, Silent Rapids and Highrock Narrows and had good waterlevels on the Churchill, Chief Rapids were a fun ride as well as the upper parts of Little Devil´s. Also found our portage-marker at Birch Portage still there from our ´07 trip.
The Foster River leads through a nice mix of country and provides great camping for small groups. We saw seven Moose on the upper river close up and lots of Otters and Beavers. The Chuchill is always a good paddle. Blueberries were out plentiful and Oh yes!- No Bugs at all on the entire trip, very enjoyable!!
As a resource we´ve carried Laurel Archers Book „Northern Saskatchewan Canoetrips“
your´s
Chris


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PostPosted: September 19th, 2010, 8:50 am 
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more pics from our trip: http://de.myalbum.com/Album=AFMWBLT8


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 Post subject: Re: Foster River
PostPosted: September 19th, 2010, 10:19 am 
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Great photos. Thanks for sharing. Always nice to see how others set up their gear and arrange their camp. What tent were you using?
Sounds like the lower water levels were no problem - perhaps better than normal levels for the reasons stated? How much lower were they?


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PostPosted: September 19th, 2010, 2:22 pm 
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Tent is a Salewa Kashgar III, my selfmade Mason Campfire tent quit after 10 years of use so we restored to a smaler one since.
Waterlevels - guess 1foot below normal and 2foot below high. At highwater it must be a rushing trip at places!


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 Post subject: Re: Foster River
PostPosted: September 19th, 2010, 2:33 pm 
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Very nice report, Rappi.

I paddled that route in September of 1999, the year after the big fire. Things certainly look a lot greener today.

Water levels were very low that year, but like Rappi, I did not find them much of a hindrance on the Foster. I had been concerned about the long shallow rapid sections on the upper river, but apart from a short wade in Lewis rapids they were not a problem. Water levels were also very low on the Churchill: the Great Devil / Little Devil channel was nearly dry in places.

-jmc


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