whitewater paddle on the Roseau River

from the Wild Harmony website:

Within an hour's drive of Winnipeg, when water levels are just right, this pristine river offers whitewater canoeing that is second to none in Southern Manitoba and offers up the most fun you can have in a canoe. The river flows between high sandy cliffs occupied by thousands of swallows.  The upper half of this route has about three to five Class I rapids per kilometer of travel, as well as the occasional Class II, so scouting is possible. It provides excellent teaching possibilities and we will show you some paddling techniques to keep you on course and upright. There is also the Senkiw suspension bridge to stretch your legs.
The lower half of the route will challenge your manoeuvering skills on the seemingly endless rapids that follow one another for 20 or 30 minutes. It is strictly glance and go, and you are bound to bump a rock or two as you try to negotiate between them. Fortunately, the canoes are built to take the rough stuff with only minor dents and scratches.

A couple of kilometres before the takeout point, the cliffs disappear from view, the topography levels out, and the current slows, providing a welcome cool down for your tired paddling muscles.

Duration : approximately 6 hours Rating :     paddlers with considerable experience     
Water Conditions : swift water with 50 or 60 Class I and II rapids, no portages Scenic Attractions : high sandy cliffs, suspension bridge, endless rapids   

This is a more challenging river than we normally do, so not suitable for novice paddlers.  Numbers on this trip may be limited by the number of experienced stern paddlers available.  This is unusual but for this group, but for this outing even a yes RSVP does not guarantee participation because for less experienced paddlers Adrian will want to be comfortable that each canoe has the proper pairing of paddlers.  We will place experienced stern paddlers with less experienced bow paddlers so that is why it is crucial for Adrian to know your experience level.

The trip is with Adrian of Wild Harmony and as usual there is a $40 per person fee if you are using Adrian's gear (canoe, pfd, paddle etc) or a $20 per person fee if you bring your own gear.  The payments are to Wild Harmony at river entry.  There is no fee to meetup.  Please ensure that you have contacted Adrian before the trip to provide your full name (for the liability waiver) and a brief description of your paddling experience.

Please let me know if you are bringing your own canoe or kayak and if canoe whether you have room for another paddler.  If you are bringing your own kayak you should be comfortable about your skill level.  Not all types of canoe are suitable for this trip so if you want to bring a canoe please discuss with Adrian.

You should bring your own water, lunch, appropriate clothing, a change of clothes in a dry bag or multiple plastic bags in case you get wet.  Old running shoes are good footwear for getting wet and muddy while getting into shore. It is a very good idea to put electronics such as cellphone and electronic car keys in a special dry bag if you plan on bringing them out on the water.

We will try to arrange some carpooling if you let us know that you are interested in that.

Please feel free to call or text Adrian on[masked] to discuss paddle details.

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  • Gord

    As it turned out, the plans were fluid and changed due to water conditions. We were told that the Roseau was too low so moved the trip to the Upper Whitemouth to keep with the whitewater theme, but the Upper Whitemouth had dropped two feet since last week so it turned out to be somewhat more placid than planned. I was away for the weekend and did not post the change - Adrian had asked me to volunteer on Saturday as an extra stern paddler on a trip for Experience Manitoba which is another fun and active meetup group run by Sandy. Jin promised to post photos of the Sunday outing when she gets back from her western travels. I am going to post an outing for this coming Saturday which is a little shorter paddle so suitable for novices and experienced paddlers alike, and it will include a bit of a hike and some opportunities for picking wild blueberries - so much tastier than what you find in a supermarket!

    August 11

  • A former member
    A former member

    I would like to join for the birds but do not have the experience to paddle whitewater.

    August 9

  • Karyn

    I am so sorry I am gonna miss this one--- darn it

    August 8

  • A former member
    A former member

    I live in Beausejour so I would love it if we could start at the bridge just east of town.

    July 30

    • A former member
      A former member

      Too bad, hopefully I can meet up with you at one of the other locations.

      July 31

    • Gord

      I'll post location once Adrian has had a chance to check water conditions on the three potentials.

      July 31

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