Due to the presence of significant downstream hazards, a mandatory portage is in effect for the Tapley’s section of the River of Golden Dreams, from the Alta Lake fish weir to the lower CN rail bridge. Water levels on the River of Golden Dreams are very high and as a result there is no clearance underneath the lower CN Rail Bridge.
Boaters wishing to paddle the River of Golden Dreams must be prepared to launch their boats from the end of the portage trail below the lower CN rail bridge (accessed from the end of Lorimer Road) or to portage the 600-metre section from the Alta Lake Fish weir to the lower rail bridge (see attached map).
Signs have been posted at the river informing the public of the mandatory portage and directing them to portage/launch below the railway bridge.
Before embarking on a trip down the River of Golden Dreams, boaters should be aware of present conditions on the river. Currently the river is running very high and fast, and boaters should be experienced paddlers and come equipped with the appropriate safety gear. Throughout the summer, local conservation officers will be conducting random checks at the River of Golden Dreams to ensure users are equipped with the appropriate safety gear.
Learn more about safety and river sports with AdventureSmart: adventuresmart.ca/river-sports.