Imagine yourself taking in the vistas of the North Saskatchewan River Valley with only the sound of the water and wildlife for miles. Paddling the scenic Eagle Point Provincial Park and Blue Rapids Provincial Recreation Area is a day with nature at its best.
With several drop off and pick-up points along the river valley within Eagle Point and Blue Rapids, you can choose your own adventure.
Pack a picnic and make a day trip by launching at Willey West Campground and ending the day at the Berrymore bridge on Highway 759.
The local Drayton Valley Paddling Club promotes recreational paddling for all ages (see brochure).
Guidelines for Safe Paddling:
- Always be prepared
- Check the current weather forecast, but prepare for the forecast to be wrong!
- Never paddle along
- Drinking and driving whether on land or water is illegal and punishable under the Criminal Code
- Watch out for fellow paddlers and always keep an eye out for the boat behind you
- All paddlers must wear an approved personal floatation device (PFD) or lifejacket
- Never paddle farther from shore than you are ready to swim
- Be certain your canoe and equipment are in good condition
- Ensure that your boat will float even when fully swamped
- Install extra floatation if required site
- Appoint a trip leader for each outing who has knowledge of the: river or water body; expected weather conditions; ability of all participants and their equipment
- Learn paddling skills; know your abilities & limitations. Take the online test “Paddlers SelfRating Guide” to give you feedback on your paddling abilities.
Equipment Required by Transport Canada for Non-powered Canoes and Kayaks under 6 metres (19’8″) in length:
- One Canadian approved personal flotation device (PFD) or lifejacket of appropriate size for each person
- A throw bag with no less than 15m of buoyant line
- One bailer or manual water pump with enough hose to discharge water from the bilge over side of the vessel
- A whistle or a sound signalling device
- A waterproof flashlight if vessel is operating at night
Paddle Alberta Recommends Additional Equipment:
- First‐Aid kit, equipment repair kits, fire starting equipment, rain gear, sunscreen, bug spray
- Wear good non‐slip footwear that can get wet
- Be sure to stow the throw bag rope so that it cannot come loose unexpectedly
- One paddle for each person in the boat plus a spare for the boat
- Pack extra items: dry synthetic or wool clothing; drinking water; and food, e.g. energy bars
- Communication equipment: mobile or satellite phone and emergency locator in a waterproof case
- Navigation equipment— maps (route, topographical and highway), compass, GPS with extra batteries
Additional equipment for river paddling: helmet for each person; river knife or rescue scissors; river rescue gear.