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Author:  crowmaster [ May 24th, 2019, 9:28 pm ]
Post subject:  Roseau River


I'm thinking of trying the Roseau river while the water levels are high. I took a tandem moving water course last year; but have done some solo practicing on my own at the Pinawa Dam.

I'm wondering if the Roseau river would be a suitable river for a beginner like me. I think I can handle class I rapids well enough but don't wan't to get in over my head too fast. I would be alone since it can be quite difficult to find someone that wants to do this sort of thing. My only draw back is I would have to arrange for someone to pick me up and the end of the trip. Is there a particular section that anyone can recommend? A 2 to 3 hour trip would be ideal.


Author:  Paddle Power [ May 25th, 2019, 7:30 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Roseau River

It's been decades so my info in vague.
The section downstream from highway 59 is often canoed.
It should be within your reach, skill wise.
The river comes close to a road on the north side about halfway to a place where people park for a full day time. You might be able to self shuttle via a bike to that point where river comes close to a gravel road on the north side.
There would be more info in the book, Canoeing Manitoba Rivers by Buchanan, J. (1997).
Also see Bill Kocay's site, ... oseau.html

Author:  crowmaster [ May 26th, 2019, 5:31 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Roseau River

Thanks. I've just noticed how low the water levels seem around the city. I might take a drive out to the town of Roseau River and see what the levels are like. Maybe I can try an early June outing.

Author:  yarnellboat [ May 27th, 2019, 3:28 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Roseau River

Thanks, I didn't know there were any rapids on this river. Might have to check that out!

Sounds like a friendly stretch of class I-II swiftwater below Hwy 59, and an easier float above. You could always start out on the easier stretch to get a feel for it:

(I don't know anything about the paddling company, just providing the route description):

Based on this low-water video and description, it doesn't look like it would be too complicated with more water. ... _2016.html

I'll have to check that out sometime, thanks for the head's up. If you go, please post what you discover for put-ins, take-outs, rapids, etc.

Good luck & have fun!


Author:  Neil Fitzpatrick [ May 27th, 2019, 6:44 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Roseau River

I paddled it in flood last spring and in high water, rapids pretty much disappeared. There was fast, bigger water where rapids should be but there was nothing technical. I wish I could tell you what stretch we paddled but I don't recall. We were shuttled upstream by a fellow who operates a private campground and took out back at his camp.

Overall an enjoyable and worthwhile paddle.

Author:  crowmaster [ May 28th, 2019, 6:44 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Roseau River

Thanks Pat and Niel. Some good info for me. If I try anything it will be the stretch from Stuartburn to 59. Seems to be an ok stretch for a beginner.

Author:  chris randall [ May 29th, 2019, 8:08 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Roseau River

Starting from Stuartburn is a nice trip, the shuttle is short and you can park at the campground right off the 59 in Roseau River. There are a few rocks to miss in low water about a km after the put in and then it's an easy float until half to three quarters of the way along. You will likely feel the river speed up and see that the gradient steepens a bit. After this you need to stay clear of the outside of the bends as there are often rocks or occasionally a fallen tree out there in the fast current. Best to move to the inside of he bend in plenty of time to where the slower water is if you are at all uncertain.
If you keep going west of the 59 you can take out at the old ford crossing. We usually get out on the south side, park at the top of the hill please, don't drive down. The track is eroding and vehicles make things worse.
You can also take out at George Beaudry's campground, O Roseau. He is likely the one who shuttled Neil. Or you can carry on with rapids gradually declining in number to PR218
Same thing applies to this section generally best to stay on the inside of the bends as there are high eroding sand cliffs that dump rocks in to the channel along the outside of the bends. Just look for the downstream V and follow the flow between the rocks.
You can download river maps from

Author:  Paddle Power [ May 29th, 2019, 1:17 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Roseau River

Excellent link to river maps.

Author:  crowmaster [ May 29th, 2019, 3:58 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Roseau River

Great info Chris, thank you. I'm trying to see if I can get a shuttle. I'll have my helmet and dry suit on just in case...

Author:  burchil [ May 29th, 2019, 10:02 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Roseau River

The river levels are low right now - surprisingly low for this time of year.

I have random water levels based on guages in southern Manitoba.

Going upstream from the old ford - the water levels right now are a little deeper.

Maps that Chris posted are helpful.

Author:  crowmaster [ May 30th, 2019, 8:00 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Roseau River

Thanks Burchil, great info you provided. I had a bad feeling about the water levels. I might take a drive out this weekend and take a look for myself and get familiar with the area.

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