Bow and Elbow Rivers Boating Advisory

The Calgary Fire Department is advising Calgarians against boating and all other watercraft activities on both the Bow and Elbow Rivers.

The current flow rate on the Bow River is in excess of 270 cubic meters per second while the Elbow is above 50 cubic meters per second. The intense rain today and the high flow rates make river conditions dangerous.

Members of Calgary Fire Department Aquatics Team will be monitoring and responding on the rivers while the advisory is in place. However, The City advises everyone to stay off the Bow and Elbow Rivers until conditions improve.

It is also important for people near the rivers to be aware of high flow levels. Calgarians are urged to exercise caution around river banks as the fast-moving water can cause erosion and river banks can collapse.

The Calgary Fire Department will update the public when flow rates on the Bow and Elbow abate and the watercraft advisory is lifted.

The City of Calgary encourages all water users to familiarize themselves with safety practice bylaws and safety alerts on and monitor flow levels at