GEO Location: -116.24620489141 51.483461778308

Description

A good shorter run close to Banff/Canmore. Possible to link this up with the Pipestone River in the same day if you had the time. There is a canyon partway down on this run that is a definite highlight and the most challenging section, perhaps class IV. After the put in you will navigate a bunch of Class II water. Pay attention after a few km you will reach the canyon. There is a sign marking it nailed to a tree on shore and it is fairly obvious constriction of the river. Scout and portage on river right. The canyon is short but technical. You need to make a few small boofs and avoid a few holes to make it through safely. After the canyon it is relatively mellow again, class II-III. There are two other rapids of note. One is a diagonal ledge that is after the canyon. The last is under the train bridge and is a few chutes created by large boulders. After the train bridge you are almost at the takeout.

Details

Nearest Town:
Lake Louise, Alberta, Canada
Time of Year:
Spring, Summer
Trip Length:
Half Day or Less
Shuttle Length:
15 min
River Features:
Continuous Rapids, Wood Hazard, Portages, Canyon
Notes:
This is in the National Park, so you will need to adhere to all National Park rules including all vehicles displaying valid parks passes. Please ensure to park well off the road and obey and parks or roads signage. At the put in, please try and use the existing trail as not to cause extra damage to foliage.

Directions

Access Considerations:
This is in the National Park, so you will need to adhere to all National Park rules including all vehicles displaying valid parks passes. Please ensure to park well off the road and obey and parks or roads signage. At the put in, please try and use the existing trail as not to cause extra damage to foliage.
Put In:
From HWY 1 near Lake Louise –> Exit at HWY93N drive 6km N the river is just barely visible from the road. Pull over and park here. You will scramble down the road embankment to the river. There is a tiny patch of gravel on the river side of the highway to park on, as well as the trail head is marked with orange ribbon. Google Maps Directions
Take Out:
Turn around and go back to HWY1 –> Exit onto HWY1W and look for the bridge over the Bow River, not more than 2km from where you get on the highway. There is parking on the north side of the highway. For an alternative takeout, you can park near the Lake Louise Railway Station & Restaurant. It adds about 30 minutes of fairly flat water, but the access is excellent and you don't need to drive up and down the highway in order to turn around. Google Maps Directions

River Gauge

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Flow Range

Information based on the last 3 days.

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40 cms
25 cms
15 cms
7 cms
0.60 (m)