From calm to down-right crazy, Grande Cache has a wide selection of whitewater, and rafting is one of the main reasons tourists come to town. For recreational paddlers, the Sulphur and Smoky Rivers are the most popular runs. In particular, the Sulphur River is a shuttle dream-come-true; the put-in and take-out are both only 4km from town, yet there are 17kms of spectacular mountain scenery and two rivers of paddling in between. Why Grande Cache has not made it onto the radar screen of more white water enthusiasts is a mystery. Rivers range from class 1 to 5, with a couple of good play spots. You can paddle for just an hour, a half day, a full day or even overnight.
SMOKY RIVER. Class ½12ft/mile, 16km. Put-in: Smoky River Blue Bridge. Mostly a gentle class 1 run, one significant rapid above train bridge. Great play spot, also accessible from Hwy 40.
Take-out: Sheep Creek Campground or at play spot.
SULPHUR RIVER. Class 2/355ft/mile, 17km. Put-in: downstream of Firemen’s Park: turn right just before fenced area onto small road, take 2nd left. Park at 1st clearing. Technical run with some hazards that should be scouted.
Take-out: Blue Bridge.
SHEEP CREEK. Class 4/580ft/mile, 30km. Put-in: Beaverdam Road. Very technical run, with frequent log jams & undercuts. One class 6 to portage. Scouting required. Solid class 4+ paddle skills required.
Take-out: Sheep Creek Camp Ground.
MUSKEG RIVER. Class 2/331.5ft/mile, 2km Put-in: Muskeg River bridge, also a great playspot here. Don’t miss take-out as a class 5+ and class 6 falls is next. Take-out: Mason Creek day use area
KAKWA RIVER. Class ¾50ft/mile 100km Put-in: bridge crossing Kakwa on Hwy 40. Significant series of ledges about 2 hours in, scouting required! Also, where the Cutbank River feeds in can be too big in high water. Take-out: Canfor Flats Campground.
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For those looking for a calmer, more relaxed paddle, there are a number of lakes within the area to explore on your canoe or lake kayak including Grande Cache Lake, Victor Lake, Peavine Lake, and Pierre Grey’s Lakes.