The Calgary River Access Strategy gives river users two new boat ramps at Ogden Bridge and Inglewood , improved access at Sunnyside and an upgrade to Graves Bridge and West Baker Park . Once the Priority Access Points are completed, hopefully by the fall of 2018, river users will be able to float the entire lower Bow River from West Baker Park in the North-West of Calgary downstream to Carsland.
As the full impact of the River Access Strategy rolls out over the next 6 years we will see the number of boat ramps increase from 6 to a total of 17 and upgrades to designated hand launch sites. This will allow for short and longer float trips over a variety of landscapes.
Go to Calgary River Access Website for updated information
The following Google map shows existing and future river access points on the Bow and Elbow River.
River Access Point Legends
Hand Launch Boat Ramps – A total of 4 boat ramps that are assigned to only Emergency Services vehicle use. They are available only as hand launch sites until upgrades are complete.
Existing Boat Ramps – There are currently 6 boat ramps that can be accessed by vehicles
Priority Boat Ramp Development – Calgary’s River Access Strategy has proposed 3 new boat ramps for completion within 3 years.
Future Boat Ramps – Four sites have been identified for future development.
Bow River Hand Launches – These sites are accessible from road parking or parking lots. Local amenities are listed on the site photo
Elbow River Hand Launches – Very popular for float tubing. Road side parking and parking lots are limited at some sites.
Glenmore Reservoir Ramps – Glenmore Reservoir is a centre of rowing, sailing and paddlers activities.
The Wave – The 10th Street NW Bridge has waves that are used by the local river surfing community
Conservation Areas – There are 2 wildlife conservation reserves on the Bow at Inglewood Bird Sanctuary and Poplar Island Wildlife Reserve. Access to these sites from the river is prohibited.
Harvie Passage is currently under construction and will not be open to the public until 2018. Extreme caution is needed when floating the Bow River upstream of this site. A safe take-out site must be determined prior to a river excursion.