Red Deer River Content Bridge to Dry Island Buffalo Jump Provinical Park

Submitter & Author Information
Route submitted by: 
Guillermo Barron
Trip Date : 
Additional Route Information
52 km
2 days
Loop Trip: 
Portage Information
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Total Portage Distance: 
0 m
Longest Portage: 
0 m
Difficulty Ratings
River Travel: 
Lake Travel: 
Not applicable
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Background Trip Info
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Route Description
Access to Put-In Information: 

I noted no wheelchair access. Paddlers who can walk with assistance should have no difficulties at marked access points.

Technical Guide: 

Put in at the Content Bridge campground about 30 km east of Red Deer on Hwy 11. The river is very gentle - less than 1 m/km and upstream winds may be your biggest difficulty. The ARCA map lists only one Class I rapid at historic Backbone Ledge. Take out at the day use area at Dry Island Provincial Park.

Trip Journal/Log/Report/Diary: 

We enjoyed a pleasant float through changing landscape. Our night out was marked by a brief but violent hailstorm that almost destroyed our tents (and some members' tolerance for backcountry camping!)

Note that camping is not permitted at Dry Island Buffalo Jump Park.

Maps Required
Other Maps: 
The ARCA Middle Red Deer River map shows excellent river detail, distances, hazards and every access point. No topos sheets should be necessary.
Special Comments: 

Commercial camping is available at Content Bridge, Trenville Park and Big Valley Bridge. There are a few islands en route that would also serve. We camped on a bench at river's edge about halfway along. Probably best to carry your own potable water.