Nathan and I are planning to go to Elbow River Friday evening and then hit the Sheep River on Saturday (both rivers are near Calgary)!!! We hope to possibly take off Friday, hit the Elbow, camp over and have ALL saturday to paddle to our hearts content on the Sheep! If you want in leave your number so we can call you with the final information of our trip plans.
Sheep is getting really low (6.5 cms). I am not sure how low you can paddle it. I did the elbow at 5 cms and it was bonier than the two medicine Nathan and I did. You could still slide down the drops though.
the reports said that the sheep is runnable from 6 to 60, so I think we are banking on that info and hopefully hit it next year at higher flows, but start low and get a feel for the river!!! Nathan and I just really want to see new rivers so this is a good chance for us! Come if you can, but your better off calling cause I think we are leaving to Calgary area around 10 from Cardston and will be hitting the Elbow. Then Saturday we will be hitting the Sheep!!! 403-894-7773
Here are some basic flow rates and what people have said.In reference to the section - Blue Rock Run10 to 15 runnable15 to 20 Good low level20 to 35 Medium level Water between rapids starts to move at a good pace. Still plenty of eddies and scouting opportunities.35 to 50 High to flood level. Fewer eddies and harder to hit. Boat scouting starts to be difficult. Holes start to have significant punch and major rapids start to get difficult.50 to 75 Oh Boy! Rapids start to become continuous. More commitment, because less opportunity for stopping and scouting. Some drops, like avalanche, may require running blind.
It was pretty much AWESOME!
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