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Wood Buffalo National Park of Canada

Guide to Waterways In and Around Wood Buffalo National Park

Dog River

Maps Required: N.T.S. 1:250,000 scale 74 M Fitzgerald
75 D Fort Smith

The Dog River, which empties into the Slave River across from Fort Fitzgerald, is an easy, pleasant paddle with a few short portages. The Canadian Shield becomes more defined as you travel farther up this river. Approximately 30 km up the river a winter road allowance crosses the river. A 1 km portage into a series of lakes starts on the left bank. One can also get to the lakes by following the creek, but it is clogged with aquatic plants plus it is necessary to line your boat up many small rapids. The series of lakes can be explored for many days and the fishing is good.

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