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 Post subject: Waskesiu river
PostPosted: April 23rd, 2017, 8:09 pm 
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Planning on paddleing the waskesiu river with my cousin sometime next month, probably near the end of may. The only info ive been able to read on it, is that it's approximately a 4 hour paddle, and it's fairly shallow in a lot of spots, and has tons of wildlife activity. Has anyone paddled this river before? How was your experience? any tips? Also is it worth it to keep going and paddleing onto Montreal Lake? Iv'e only ever been to the waskesiu bridge(ive hiked the waskesiu river trail a few times).

Any info would be great!


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 Post subject: Re: Waskesiu river
PostPosted: April 23rd, 2017, 9:37 pm 
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I think Jeff Roe has. If you are around Saskatoon, stop in at Eb's and ask Jeff about it. If you're not around Saskatoon or otherwise unable to stop at Eb's, give me a shout and I'll put him in touch with you.

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 Post subject: Re: Waskesiu river
PostPosted: April 26th, 2017, 10:10 pm 
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I didn't get a chance to ask Jeff Roe, but I did talk to someone who has done it. Apperently there's quite a bit of rock dodging, and theres quite a few spots you have to get out and pull your kayak over rocks and fallen trees where it's shallow.


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 Post subject: Re: Waskesiu river
PostPosted: May 13th, 2017, 11:33 am 
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We were going to do it this weekend but decided to postpone it till mid June because of the weather this weekend. Hopefully there will be enough meltwater in the river still.


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 Post subject: Re: Waskesiu river
PostPosted: May 13th, 2017, 3:14 pm 
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I phoned PANP and asked if the ice was out yet on Waskesui lake and they said no. The ice has broken, they said, but it's still on the lake. Then I asked about Kingsmere to which they replied they flew over yesterday and observed 2/3 still covered in ice. Pretty windy this weekend unfortunately or I'd be on the North Saskatchewan instead of typing this.

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 Post subject: Re: Waskesiu river
PostPosted: May 14th, 2017, 8:05 pm 
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Well that's good news. More meltwater and spring run off for mid June. Hey, just curious, did you ask about Kingsmere Road and weather or not its finished yet? I'm itchin at the bit to get back to Grey owls cabin. Last summer was the first in 8 years where I went all summer/fall without hiking/kayaking to grey owls.


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 Post subject: Re: Waskesiu river
PostPosted: May 14th, 2017, 10:25 pm 
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Was in contact with the park...they told me the Kingsmere Rd. would be closed till mid summer 2017 "or longer" whatever that is suppose to mean...


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 Post subject: Re: Waskesiu river
PostPosted: May 15th, 2017, 1:46 pm 
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You can keep an eye on ice-out here: https://go.nasa.gov/2riVzSZ
Unfortunately, the last few days have been cloudy as the satellites passed over, so May 11th is the most recent image at the moment (should be updated mid-afternoon today). On the 11th, Kingsmere appears to be just starting to break up, but Crean & Waskesiu were pretty solid yet. It looks like that matches what they told you.

I'll likely be on the North Sask R. with my family this weekend. Maybe Ft. Carleton or Wingard Ferry to PA (where my inlaws can pick us up).

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 Post subject: Re: Waskesiu river
PostPosted: May 17th, 2017, 4:17 pm 
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Ice is mostly off of Waskesiu Lake today: https://go.nasa.gov/2rsdZkj

Paddling in to Kingsmere Lake from the Narrows Campground adds 10 km to the paddle. https://mappingsupport.com/p/gmap4.php? ... 106.416535

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 Post subject: Re: Waskesiu river
PostPosted: June 19th, 2017, 12:30 am 
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I was out on the Waskesiu river today. It was mixed clouds and rain, beautiful clear water, and over abundant mosquitoes. I had a couple hours so I thought I'd take a quick look downstream then paddle back upstream. Just after paddling past a walking bridge that you have to duck under there is a set of rapids that descend about 4 to 6ft in a matter of 50-80ft. It looked easy enough to go down but I was concerned about getting back up. The bank is 20 ft in, and the rest of the way to the water is fallen trees. I traipsed around on RL looking for a path but there isn't one nor is there any clearance to carry a canoe. However, I did see a blaze on a tree that led to the tree jammed area. RR has a steeper bank so I didn't try over there. I didn't prepare for a trip and the mosquitoes were so overwhelming I just turned back and paddled around the small area I'd already covered. Too short an outing, but I now know if I want to take this river some day it's worthwhile bringing a big saw. Would I have to ask the park office for permission to cut a path? If desperate, you might be able to line a canoe back up. If anyone has gone past there recently, please do tell how you made it back.

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 Post subject: Re: Waskesiu river
PostPosted: June 21st, 2017, 6:13 pm 
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Wow - Small world! Me, my cousin, and one of her friends also paddled the waskesiu river on Sunday. We were the ones who passed you as you and the other guy were standing on the edge of the river just passed the bridge! I was the guy you talked to briefly right before the 2 of you put your kayaks in.

It was a pretty nice river to paddle, a good mix of slow and fast current. The water seemed unusally high even though that was my first time paddleing the river. I could tell it was high because a lot of marsh appeared to be flooded, especially in the 2nd half of the river. We came across a lone female moose(no calf) about 15-20 mintues before we got to the highway 2 bridge, where we took our kayaks out. I got it on video climbing up the bank and running through the trees parrelell to the river. We arrived at the highway 2 bridge around 3:30pm About 10 minutes later a thunderstorm came in and dropped a ton of rain so we had pretty good timing. I really enjoyed padleing the river and will do so again foresure in the future, maybe again later on this year.


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 Post subject: Re: Waskesiu river
PostPosted: June 23rd, 2017, 11:30 pm 
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Well, might be a case of mistaken identity. I was in this canoe...(this video is a year old now)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4dutnMCs4WE
I did see a couple of SUP's, but no kayakers. I was out at about 1:30 and back at 3:00.

Just curious, that first rapid with the fallen trees on RL, which way did you go?

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 Post subject: Re: Waskesiu river
PostPosted: June 28th, 2017, 9:10 am 
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Okay I guess it was someone else. We started out around noon and got back around 4:00. I arrived around 11:00, and my cousin showed up about an hour later. There were 2 older guys that had just run the rapids that were kinda stranded on the shore right after the rapids. They said they would have to carry their kayaks back a few hundred yards because the current was too fast for them.

At the rapids I did the left side(big mistake, almost swamped my kayak) and my cousin and her freind did the right side where the fallen tree was. I got a little water in my kayak but not a whole lot.


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 Post subject: Re: Waskesiu river
PostPosted: May 12th, 2019, 10:34 pm 
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My friend and I paddled the Waskesiu River on Sat, May 11. I called the park to inquire about water levels. She said lake was still icy but that she paddled the river 2 weeks ago and that it was beautiful.

Beautiful yes but the water was still low forcing us to line more or less 1/3 of the total time. Lots of rock gardens with water levels ranging from <1 ft to maybe 5 ft at most. This river changes very quick at times going from lazy water and sandy grassy shores to rapids and rocks.

Seen 3 bears and loads of birdlife ( eagles, pelicans, sandpipers, etc). Lots of fish spawning now ( suckers, pike).

Canoe took some deep gouges but the tuffstuff material was very reassuring. Also, having hip waders made this possible. Without it I would either get hypothermia or backtrack to Point A. Water was cold . I heard that this is a 4-4.5 hour trip but it took us 7.5 hours probably due to the lining. We made it to the highway at 9:40 PM!

In the future I would do this trip after the lake ice melts. You live and you learn.


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 Post subject: Re: Waskesiu river
PostPosted: June 20th, 2019, 7:34 am 
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Did you happen to see any portages around the rapids? I'm trying to figure out a way to solo this river meaning a trip back upstream. The first rapid beneath the trail bridges doesn't seem to have a portage. If I start the trip at highway 2 and paddle upstream how far can I get before I meet an obstacle that I can't portage around?

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