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janik
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Post Number: 17
Registered: 03-2014
Posted on Tuesday, January 8, 2019 - 12:55 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post

Planning a trip down the Sturgeon sometime next summer, probably late July or early August. I'm thinking of starting at the Gervais access Rd and ending at Lower Goose. Looking at a max of 4 nights.
Day 1: Gervais (start around noon) to Kettle Falls
Day 2: Kettle to Pilgrim
Day 3: Pilgrim to Lower Goose
I'm thinking approx. 6hrs on the water per day with this schedule, running most rapids. Does this sound about right ? We would have an extra night if weather doesn't cooperate or if we decide to shorten a day or two to do more fishing.
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eddy_turn
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Post Number: 145
Registered: 03-2011


Posted on Wednesday, January 9, 2019 - 9:31 am:   Edit Post Delete Post

Days 1 an 3 look doable, but day 2 will probably require more time. Even if your run rapids there are still about 10 must-do portages on that day, some of them really tough.
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janik
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Post Number: 18
Registered: 03-2014
Posted on Thursday, January 10, 2019 - 1:10 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post

Thanks. I've never been north of Pilgrim but I'm familiar with Pilgrim to Lower Goose. Would it be more doable to camp at The Gorge on Day 2 and then make it Pilgrim or even Josephine Creek campsite on day 3 ? If memory serves me well it's only about 2,5-3 hours from Pilgrim to Josephine.
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eddy_turn
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Post Number: 146
Registered: 03-2011


Posted on Thursday, January 10, 2019 - 8:09 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post

Yes, it's an easy schedule. On my trip it would be about 4-5 hours on the first day, a bit longer on the second. Also, nice camping on the anonymous lake above P180 above the Gorge (in case the Gorge site is occupied).
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brian
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Post Number: 1902
Registered: 02-2004


Posted on Saturday, January 12, 2019 - 11:03 am:   Edit Post Delete Post

As for campsites, staying on Pilgrim, or Upper Goose opposite the falls, is much nicer than staying at Josephine.
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hsmith
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Post Number: 2
Registered: 07-2020
Posted on Monday, July 27, 2020 - 11:22 am:   Edit Post Delete Post

I'm planning a canoe trip early of August from Matagasmi to Stouffer and down the Sturgeon River and back to Matagasmi in a fiberglass canoe. I am bit concerned how low the water might be. Anyone done the route lately or this time last year and can comment on the passibility of the river?

Would you anyone recommend renting a plastic whitewater canoe, or re-route to enter the Sturgeon at Josephine Cr (and bypass most of the rapids)? Any alternative suggestions?
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eddy_turn
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Post Number: 179
Registered: 03-2011


Posted on Monday, July 27, 2020 - 3:07 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post

Almost all w/w above C1 on the Sturgeon can be portaged. Below the Stouffer portage the worst you'd have to do in low water is some wading. As a proud owner of a fiberglass boat I'd say whitewater canoe is an overkill in this area unless you are planning on running some "do-not-run" rapids. And a lighter boat will be appreciated on some portages above Pilgrim triangle.
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hsmith
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Post Number: 3
Registered: 07-2020
Posted on Tuesday, August 18, 2020 - 1:31 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post

Thanks eddy_turn. Our trip went well and we were able to run all C1/2 except one which looked pretty shallow so we lined it.

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