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Leaving the Fred Heal canoe launch, you will travel in a Eastern direction until you round the corner at Beaver Creek and the river travels generally North from here to Saskatoon. After a few km you will pass the Cranberry Flats area on river right. Use discretion when bird-watching with binoculars in this area as the southern sandbars of Cranberry Flats are an unofficial nude beach. Between Cranberry Flats and Poplar Bluffs on river left, is Hershall (sp?) Island. Depending upon the water level, the river right channel around the island may be too shallow and choked with sandbars to be easily navigable. The majority of the current goes to the west of the island so this tends to be the best route.
Approximately 1 km beyond Hershall Island you will pass the large clubhouse for a golf course sitting atop the river valley on river right. Shortly past the golfcourse is Chief Whitecap off-leash dog walking area. The off-leash area extends well over a km long. Near the North end of the off-leash area is Yarrow Island on river left. The shear sand banks of the island are excellent habitat for cliff swallows and you will see their many nests as holes in the side of the bank. At many places along the river you will see dozens of swallows feeding over the water, catching insects from the air.
As you come around the North corner of Yarrow Island, you will see the city loom, with the Queen Elizabeth Power Station on river left. You will also pass under several transmission lines that lead from the power plant so if you have been using a kite to pull you along, now would be a good time to reel it in. Shortly you will pass under the railway bridge and Diefenbaker Park will be on river right and Holiday Park golf course will be seen on river left. Once in the city you can proceed to wherever you have arranged for a vehicle to be left or where you are to be picked up. On river right Gabrielle Dumont Park and Rotary Park both make good egress points. On river left Victoria Park and the boathouse docks make a good point to come ashore.
Kayak & Canoe Outriggers
The Kayak Wing