Red Deer River - The Red Deer rivers headwaters are in the Sawback Range within the Rocky Mountains, Canada, it meanders down the mountains running providing some entertaining white water, finally slowing down at Glennifer lake where it flows over the Dickson damn. It continues to meander through its namesake town of Red Deer, continuing south through the beautiful badlands area of Alberta, continuing to the confluence with the South Saskatchewan River.
For this trip I started at the Content bridge, taking four days to fish and paddle my way down part of the southern half of this scenic river. Ending up just north of the town of Drumheller, deciding to take out at he Bleriot Ferry campground. The river was slightly higher then normal for the early June trip, due to a rainstorm that came through a few days prior. The first day was fast, covering 29km in just under 6 hours, making camp at the Trenville park Campground, the river is narrower at this point and the water was flowing faster on this stretch. Be cautious for sweepers and log jams, I was forced into the shallows once on a fast corner. There is also a small set of easy rapids I encountered (the only set of rapids I encountered), about sixteen downriver, its called the Backbone rifle. Stay to the left channel and paddle hard and you should come out unscathed. Beaching on the adjacent island and scouting is always recommended. I was lucky enough to catch a few walleyes, some goldeye and a sauger on my first day!
The river widened and slowed after the first day, making my through Dry Island Buffalo Jump, and camping for the evening by the Toleman bridge. The scenery is gorgeous, the fishing was decent, and the weather was perfect! Couldn’t ask for anything better.. The third day was like the second, making my way downriver and camping close to the Starland campground by the Morin Bridge The last day was my shortest paddling day, but I made up for it by fishing my way down. Has lots off success with Goldeye on this last day, but not much else.
My lovely partner came and picked me up the next morning after spending my final night at the Bleriot ferry campground. It was a wonderful tri[, beautiful scenery, and decent fishing. One could extend this trip by another week or more if they continued south towards Drumheller, dinosaur provincial park, and beyond into Saskatchewan. It’s a easy trip for novices, and fun trip for the experienced alike.