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PostPosted: February 27th, 2014, 2:07 pm 
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Has anyone had any great success paddling May long weekend in past years? We're considering something in the Missinnipi side of the churchill or perhaps Sturgeon landing area but we've never gone up that early.

I suspect the water is unbelievably cold and likely high (this year I hope wouldn't be as bad as recent years). Does anyone have any experience and suggestions for a good 4 day trip?


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PostPosted: February 27th, 2014, 8:16 pm 
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phailing101,
I've not been up there that early in the year but, as with most things for northern Saskatchewan, I would contact Ric at Churchill River Canoe Outfitters.

ric.crco@sasktel.net

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 Post subject: Re: Paddling in May
PostPosted: February 28th, 2014, 2:17 pm 
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Yeah, that's a good call. They are a fantastic company to deal with!

I imagine its safe to assume the ice is off the river but the water will be dangerously cold!


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PostPosted: February 28th, 2014, 4:16 pm 
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According to Laurel Archer the Montreal River may be exactly what you are looking for. Based on her book this river is the first to run in the spring and the season is open in April. Up to 146 Km long, ending in La Ronge. No more than Class I rapids with easy shuttle options.


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 Post subject: Re: Paddling in May
PostPosted: March 3rd, 2014, 1:21 pm 
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My guess would be rivers would open in April but some of the lakes may still have ice into May.
Definitely cold water and crisp nights. I'd plan on slower mornings and getting off the water early while there is still some warmth of the day left.
I'll second asking Ric at CRCO. While you are on the phone with him, ask about the event he is planning in late April, Churchill River Canoe Outfitters 50th anniversary...and more.

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 Post subject: Re: Paddling in May
PostPosted: March 3rd, 2014, 4:48 pm 
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I have paddled the churchill river on the may long weekend numerous times and only had ice on 3 occasions. It's really very doable. Does get chilly at night but not to bad. It's all in the preparation. Bring the proper gear and have no worries. It's a beautiful time of year to paddle as you usually don't run into many other people.


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