Bighorn River (AB) IV

This is a waterfall packed river. Portaging is difficult so be prepared to run waterfalls. There are 6 waterfalls in total on this run, 5 of which have been run. The first waterfall is Crescent falls which has not been run. The second waterfall is Curtain Call a 50ft falls which has been run. It is possible to put in above or below Curtain Call in either case you need to scramble down a sketchy steep embankment into the canyon. You may need to lower a few boats over a cliff band. The run begins with some Class II-III stuff and you soon reach the 3rd waterfall, Particle Accelerator. Particle Accelerator is a Class V drop watch out for the hole at the end and the room of doom on river left. Portage is possible on river left. Right around the corner is the fourth waterfall Schoolhouse Ledge a relatively straightforward 10ft boof. A few hundred meters downstream of here is the fifth waterfall, Freefall 25ft-30ft. The 6th and last waterfall, Final Analysis, is a little ways downstream and you have a tiny bit of breathing room before you hit it. Final Analysis is about 15ft, make sure you scout it as partway down the drop there is a ledge that sticks out. From here the run becomes Class II-III stuff all the way to the end.

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Run Information


On HWY11 2km west of the access road for Crescent Falls the highway crosses the Bighorn River. Turn immediately south onto a small dirt road that is on the river right side of the Bighorn. Take your first left this will bring you close to the bank of the Bighorn River. There is camping here.

Put In

Access HWY11 via Rocky Mountain House or Saskatchewan Crossing.Look for a turnoff marked Crescent Falls roughly 8km east of the far east end of Lake Abraham. Follow this dirt road to Crescent Falls where you can put in. To access the river you will need to scramble down a steep trail and may need to lower your boats. It is possible to put just below Crescent Falls and run a 50ft falls.


Pool drop, plenty of waterfalls

Length & Time

6km, 2hrs



Flow Information

Check the flow at the takeout. If it looks paddleable there then it will be good to go as the creek is more constricted farther up in the canyon.




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