The shift in weather has me giving up on any more canoeing this year. I am starting planning for a canoe trip on the Milk River for the weekend of June 23 and 24. My plan is to leave Friday, June 22 and drive to the town of Milk River for camping at the campground in Milk River. We have two choices for Saturday: the 11 mile stretch to Gold Springs Campground — takes about 2 to 3 hours or 23 miles to Coffin Bridge (about 4 to 6 hours). The hardest and most dangerous canoeing is between Coffin Bridge and Weir Bridge, which we would probably skip, unless participants want to include it in the Sunday trip. On Sunday, our choice would be either the 4 mile stretch from the Weir Bridge to Writing on Stone followed by hiking in the park, and then driving home or the 22 miles from Coffin Bridge to Writing-on-Stone with the possibility of some hiking before driving home, or some may choose to stay overnight in Writing-on-Stone and driving home Monday. The campground in Milk River has the closest access to Coffin Bridge and Weir Bridge.
The Milk River is highest in June to early July, and it is easiest to canoe with high water as this takes canoeists over many of the rock gardens and boulders that make it more challenging later in the summer. The water level was 30 cubic metres per second when we canoed it in 2013. It is not considered canoeable when flow drops below 12 cubic metres per second.
I am putting this out now for people to begin considering it. An alternative weekend could be June 29 to July 1.
The following link provides current and historical information on river flows: