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 Smoky River by Canoe?

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PostSubject: Re: Smoky River by Canoe?   Mon Sep 21, 2009 9:47 am

I have heard that there are also some rapids upstream of where the Kakwa dumps into the Smoky but I haven't seen them.

Upstream of where the Cutbank dumps in there are a few shelfs across the river but with the low water levels, they should be fine for experienced canoeists.

I don't know if you can portage these rapids. You could miss the Gunrange rapids by putting in near the Milner power plant rather than closer to Grande Cache.

It'll probably take the better part of a week to go that distance. A shorter and safer (no rapids) trip would be to go from Smoky Flats to Bezanson. That would be 2 days-ish this time of year.

-NP
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PostSubject: Re: Smoky River by Canoe?   Sat Sep 19, 2009 11:25 am

There will be some short challenging sections (for a canoe) such as the "gunrange rapids" - at this level class III plus, and unless you are skilled and have airbags that is where you will "buy the farm". You can scout it on your way as this river feature is just east of the Grande Cache gun range and can be seen and heard from the highway's small bridge crossing a small feeder creek. The river meanders so it will be a very long paddle.

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PostSubject: Smoky River by Canoe?   Fri Sep 18, 2009 4:16 am

Hi Folks. My friend and I are hoping to launch a canoe somewhere upstream near Grande Cache and leisurely paddle downstream to the Bezanson highway brigde. We are not white water specialists by any means. We both know how to canoe down the Peace River so my question is, how rough is the water in mid August usually, and how many days do you figure this will take us?
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