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dev870



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PostPosted: Wed Sep 03, 2014 11:05 pm    Post subject: boat launches on the smoky Reply with quote

Anyone know if there's any boat launches on the smoky river between GP and Grande Cache? I see the road crosses it a couple times, as well as how much water there is and rapids etc?

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mountainman



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Location: Grande Prairie, Alberta

PostPosted: Thu Sep 04, 2014 9:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Smoky flats on the Canfor road, one at the bridge just before Grande Cache, there is some shoots between smoky flats and Grande Cache.
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dev870



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PostPosted: Thu Sep 04, 2014 9:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh awesome, thanks. Are the chutes upstream from where the Kakwa joins? Is there plenty of water this time of year? I'm in a 16' explorer.
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mountainman



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PostPosted: Thu Sep 04, 2014 10:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Chutes are close to the kakwa from what I know. Been close but not to them, pretty good shelves to climb in spots, water levels will be low right now.
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dev870



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PostPosted: Thu Sep 04, 2014 10:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ok. too shallow to run you figure? My boat will run pretty shallow but just a 90/65hp yamaha outboard jet. I guess I could run down from the flats, it should be less white water.
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mountainman



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PostPosted: Thu Sep 04, 2014 10:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Depends on your confidence / skill level... Water is low this year, take a run and decide. You can go a fair ways before it gets to a point it's a go/no go situation...
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dev870



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PostPosted: Thu Sep 04, 2014 10:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Haha well I do get ballsier than I should. But if it's quite a ways I'd try it out. Downstream should be fine? Has all the water from kakwa and cutbank
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Will R



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PostPosted: Tue Sep 16, 2014 9:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Get a hold of Larry hodges(fx87 on forum) he'll show you da way!
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dev870



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PostPosted: Fri Sep 19, 2014 10:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

just got back from the smoky. made it up past the kakwa, spent a week up there and on the way out the river had dropped and smacked lots of rocks. It was a mine field in places. Won't be going up that far again and wouldn't recommend it. Nice country though Wink
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fx87



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PostPosted: Sun Sep 21, 2014 7:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have gone up and recovered. 2 sunk boats and 2 broke down.Got back last night from there.
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dev870



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PostPosted: Sun Sep 21, 2014 10:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That doesn't surprise me. I was pin balling in there in places. Near the cutbank was terrible. How did you fair?
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christaarron



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PostPosted: Fri Sep 08, 2017 11:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well the same question was there in my mind when I heard about it first. To experience this I am going there next month. I am sure it is going to be fun.
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garyblue



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PostPosted: Fri Apr 20, 2018 12:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

How's the experience?
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