Red Deer River Waskasoo Creek to Joffre Bridge

Submitter & Author Information
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Guillermo Barron
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Additional Route Information
38 km
1 days
Loop Trip: 
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0 m
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Route Description
Access to Put-In Information: 

Best wheelchair access is at Great Chief Park in Red Deer. Other access points suitable for those who can walk with assistance. Some may find the uphill trail to Burbank difficult.

Technical Guide: 

Route starts at Waskasoo Creek in Red Deer. There are vehicle accessible put-ins at Great Chief Park (slightly upstream) and Riverbend Golf Course (10 km downstream). There is also another access point 20 km downstream (half-way point) at the Burbank campground at the confluence of the Blindman River. Route ends at the Joffre Bridge, river right, just below bridge. This point is 15 km east of Red Deer on Hwy 11.

Trip Journal/Log/Report/Diary: 

I've paddled this route several times, always with other novices and always without difficulty. It's an excellent evening paddle in late summer.

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: 

The ARCA map lists four Class I rapids and several riffles downstream from Red Deer. The largest is probably at Burbank. River makes huge meanders until Burbank. After that the river enters the canyon. Lots of wildlife and birds and in summer one can usually pass through a huge colony of pelicans just after Burbank.


Post date: Mon, 06/16/2008 - 21:58


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