Join Sam Cook as he shares three whitewater rivers
Join Duluth News Tribune outdoors writer Sam Cook as he shares photos and stories from his travels on three “close to home” whitewater paddling destinations — the Bloodvein, Steel and White rivers of Ontario and Manitoba.
Sam has been covering hunting, fishing, camping and all things outdoors for 31 years. He has paddled twice to Hudson Bay as well as numerous other adventures on the whitewater of Manitoba, the Northwest Territories, and Alaska.
Sam has also traveled by dog team on Canada’s Great Slave Lake and Baffin Island.
He is the author of six books and has won numerous journalism awards.
You can follow him on Twitter at: samcookoutdoors.
7:00 PM • Tuesday, January 24th • FREE • Duluth Pack Store • 365 Canal Park Drive
Sunday, September 19, 2010
The Whitewater and Quiet Wilds of Atikaki Wilderness Area of Manitoba by Fred Sproat
6:30pm – 8:00pm, Duluth Pack Store, 365 Canal Park Drive, Duluth, MN 55802
Come learn about a unique trip in this amazing place with few rules and fewer people, not far from Duluth, MN
Atikaki Wilderness Provincial Park in eastern Manitoba is a refuge of wildness unparalleled by the Boundary Waters or Quetico. It is a place of few rules and fewer people. Fred Sproat recently lead a 23-day canoe trip through the park in search of whitewater fit for canoeists and soli- tude only dreamed about in the lower 48 states. The numerous creeks and handful of rivers running through Atikaki connect numerous lakes. The goal of the trip was to paddle the Pigeon River from its start on Family Lake down east to Lake Winnipeg. With rapids of every size and constantly changing riverbanks the Pigeon is an eclectic mix of the park’s other landscapes. Jack Pine dotted cliffs give way to tamarack sprouting swamps with groves of aspen and birch marking the transitions. The sea- soned canoeist will revel in the opportunities and experiences available within the park, while the less skilled paddler may be doomed to long ordeals and painful lessons.
Fred Sproat is the Outreach Coordinator for the University of Oregon’s Outdoor Program.