North Saskatchewan ( Nordegg to Rocky Mountain House

Submitter & Author Information
Route submitted by: 
David Wickett
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Additional Route Information
110 km
2 days
Loop Trip: 
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0 m
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0 m
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Route Description
Access to Put-In Information: 

Most paddlers leave a vehicle @ the Hwy 11a bridge crossing the North Saskatchewan River in Rocky Mountain House and make their way with gear to the Hwy 734 crossing (Forestry Trunk Road south of Nordegg). Driving time is approximately 1 hour. Local shuttle services can be arranged.

Technical Guide: 

The North Saskatchewan River downstream from the Big Horn Dam is a wonderful stretch of river offering intermediate paddlers an opportunity to experience Level I to Level III rapids in a fantastic setting.

The river trip starts on the eastern edge of the Brazeau Range as the river flows east out of the mountains and through remote coniferous/deciduous forests and rustic ranchlands.

Depending on paddler's experience all sections of white water can be run or paddled around.

The elevation change is approximately 210 metres over the 110Km route from Nordegg to Rocky Mountain House.

There are numerous bush campsites along the way, and services sites at Saunders and Horburg.

Maps Required
Topo Maps (1:50,000): 
83 C/8 Nordegg 93 B/5 North Saskatchewan River 83 B/6 North Saskatchewan River 83 B/7 Rocky Mountain House
Other Maps: 
The Alberta Recreational Canoe Association publishes an excellent map c/w notes and comments. ARCA maps are available in Alberta in all paddling shops; many sport, map and fishing stores; various Nature Centres; and some tourism offices throughout Alberta such as: Mountain Equipment Co-op Maptown Totem Outfitter\'s or by mail to ARCA P.O. Box 72026, Ottewell P.O. Edmonton, Alberta, Canada T6B 3A7 or by telephone @ 877-388 2722