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PostPosted: July 4th, 2011, 11:09 pm 
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hello all, i have been looking at the government of alberta river flows and levels recently and have noticed water levels seem unusualy low. I have a canoe trip this weekend from the town of milk river to writing on stones and am worryed as i have heard low levels on this river can be grueling. If anyone has canoed it on low levels or anyone can help me on this topic before friday i would very much appreciate the effort.

any information will help, thanks

Erick


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PostPosted: July 4th, 2011, 11:23 pm 
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Our club was supposed to do this trip last weekend and moved it to the north sask up by saskatewan river crossing because of low water.
the river gets it's name from the colour of the water wich makes it very hard to see the numerous boulders wich have the potential to wrap boats. I haven't paddle it in a couple years or at these levels so can't tel you anymore than that


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PostPosted: July 5th, 2011, 8:16 am 
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The season for the Milk River is over unless there is a major rainstorm in the watrshed. At the current 8 - 10 cms flow rate your trip will be a long drag. I have done the same trip at 12 and it was virtually impossible to find a line through some of the rocky areas. It appears that all of the rivers in the Oldman and Bow River basins are perfect right now!! Should be easy to find a better spot. Was on the Highwood last weekend and it was awesome. Looking forward to the same on the Sheep this weekend.
Good luck


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PostPosted: July 5th, 2011, 1:41 pm 
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Thanks for the info, looks like ill be looking into a new trip. Too bad I was really looking forward to this one. Im thinking of maybe the highwood, but im not very experienced in river trips. I will look into it but do you know any rivers with no more then class 2 sections? Im sure there is no better way to learn class 3s then to experience them so im sure if there is nothing u can think of with 2s or less we can handle it.

Thanks again guys

Erick


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PostPosted: July 5th, 2011, 4:25 pm 
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Erick: The Highwood is only a day trip regardless of where you put in, and at current water levels is quite challenging. If I was going on a multiday trip this weekend I would have the upper North Saskatchewan around Saskatchewan Crossing on my short list. Beautiful mountain scenery with great camping locations. There is one mandatory portage and an optional portage - both around 300m long. Lots of hiking opportunities and a local operator that did my shuttle for $100. Give me a PM if more info is wanted.
Rob


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