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Wood Buffalo National Park of Canada

Guide to Waterways In and Around Wood Buffalo National Park

Bocquene River

Maps Required: N.T.S. 1:250,000 scale 74 M Fitzgerald
N.T.S. 1:50,000 74M/6
74M/11

The Bocquene River trip is a favorite of many Fort Smith canoeists. A narrow, meandering river, it is best travelled in the spring when water levels are highest. The Bocquene flows westward into the Slave and is easily accessible near Hay Camp, although one may have to do some searching to locate its hidden mouth. The first several kilometres are narrow and meandering with some aspen, willow, and mixed forest along the low banks. Travelling further, it enters the magnificent granite cliffs of the Canadian Shield where the water is noticeably clearer. Here the Bocquene is bordered by open jackpine forest and aspen stands — providing for good campsites. One should allot a full day to paddle to Bocquene Lake because, although the current is not strong, there are several carry-overs and beaver dams to negotiate. Also, Bocquene Lake is a productive fishing lake.

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