Day One: We will meet at the Algonquin Portage Limited store on Highway 28, just outside the Park's East Boundary. Vehicle shuttles and gear rental can be arranged at this location. We will then travel to the Sand lake Gate to register for our interior trip and then proceed deep into the park to Lake Travers. Our first night's camp will be in the area of Lake Travers. This will give us the chance to teach/review the skills necessary to complete our adventure on the river.

Day Two: We enter the river proper and use the Big Thompson and Little Thompson Rapids to confirm our moving water skills and also for some play time. A stretch of flat water, with a small technical swift in the middle of it, leads to Grillade Rapid and quickly after the upper section of the Crooked Chute Rapids. This stretch of paddling will end with the first mandatory portage of the trip. We will camp our second night below this rapid.

Day Three: After a short flat water stretch to warm up, we come upon Rollway Rapid, a favorite of most on this section of the river. Depending on water and skill levels this may be the second mandatory portage. The thrill of the Upper and Lower Natch Rapids follow quickly after Rollway. This will normally be another play spot as we will be camping at the spectacular Natch cliff face just down river.

Day Four: We start this day by climbing up onto the top of the majestic Natch cliff. You will want your camera along to take some more memorable photos. Day four brings us to our last day of fast water and great rapids. First we pass through two "swifts" that are good technical challenges. Next comes the long run of Schooner Rapids, Coveo Lake and then another long stretch of Five Mile Rapids. This brings us into Whitson Lake where we will spend our last evening.

Day Five: Three long lakes, broken by two swifts, will bring us to our takeout point. We should be off the water about 1:00 PM. This give time to visit the Barron River Trail (100M high gorge) and travel home.


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