Milk River

05.19.2023 - 05.22.2023


Trip Type:

Moving Water, Car Camping

Detailed Trip Rating:

 Intermediate Click here for details on Trip Grade and Skills

Experience Level:


Water Class:

 Class 1

Trip Description:

This is a intermediate level trip because you need decent skill at reading the water as there are lots of rocks to avoid.  Average flow in the Milk is around 25 cms at this time of year.  This River is nearly in Montana, so a healthy 6 hour drive from Edmonton.  We will camp Friday night, and shuttle cars and paddle different sections of the river each day. Saturday we can do the stretch through Writing-on-Stone Provincial Park, so Weir Bridge to Deer Creek Bridge.  (18 km) Sunday we can do Coffin Bridge to Weir Bridge (24 km) and Monday we can do our campground to Coffin Bridge ( 20 km).  We can try and make time to do a tour at the Park of the writings on the stone if we want.  I did this trip 11 years ago and we spent Saturday morning on a guided Park tour.  They book up fast though.  
On the previous trip we saw lots of petroglyphs outside the park boundaries last time.  Its really nice scenery as well!
Campsite reservation at Goldsprings Park for 3 tent sites for 3 nights has been made.  Cost is $20 per tent per night.  They will let us put more than one small tent on a site.

Suitable Boats

(see notes)

Open Canoe - Yes

Covered Canoe - Yes

Touring Kayak - Yes

Rec Kayak - Yes

Whitewater Kayak – With Trip Coordinator Approval

Meeting Point:

 Goldsprings Park

Trip Coordinator:

 Donna McKenzie

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Please contact the Trip Coordinator no later than the Wednesday before the trip is schedule to start. Some trips may have space limitations or require early booking. Contact the Trip Coordinator.

Trips are open to all current Northwest Voyageurs Canoe and Kayak Club members.

You must provide your own boat or have prearranged a rental from the club to participate in the trip.

Touring Kayak - Typically 12 feet long or more and 24" wide or less, with front and rear water tight compartments for flotation and storage, defined keel

Rec Kayak - Typically less than 12 feet long, often greater than 24" wide, with one or no water tight compartments, may or may not have a keel

Whitewater Kayak - Typically less than 10', no watertight compartments, no keel

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