Fond Du Lac
With a group size of 4 or more, we can customize the dates and the content of this program to suit your needs. This trip is very adaptable in terms of length and budget. Please contact us for a quote that exactly fits your needs.
Come paddle the Fond du Lac River at this most beautiful time of year. The scenery is phenomenal. The rapids are a blast. The campsites are superb. There is a good chance of seeing lots of wildlife. Photographers and canoeists alike love this river. With its wilderness and challenges this is not a trip to be taken likely. But it's a perfect choice for novices under the expert leadership of our CRCO guides
The Fond du Lac River in fall can be breath taking. The forest can turn a brilliant oranges and reds under the northern sunshine. You’ll want to stay up well after dark to watch brilliant displays ofnorthern lights.
The Fond du Lac River flows across northeastern Saskatchewan through picturesque sandstone gorges. Many of the rapids flow over rocky ledges making the whitewater rather interesting. Other parts of the river flow through marshy areas where moose and caribou roam. Stinted jack pine with some black spruce and white birch cover the shore.
The trip starts at the Hwy 905 bridge over the Waterfound just a half hour west of the community of Points North. There are a few options for take-out depending on our progress during the week. The float plane picks us up again somewhere between Pilots Lodge and Burr Falls on Black Lake at the end of the trip.
Several explorers visited the Fond du Lac River in the early fur trade days. They were looking for an alternative route to the rich fur bearing Athabasca region. The normal route was through the Clearwater and Athabasca Rivers. The Fond du Lac River route was rejected largely because it took the ice at least a month longer to leave. Mapmaker and explorer David Thompson paddled this river in the late 1700s. With his account in hand it is still possible to find his camping spots and other interesting events along the route.
There are many highlights on this trip. Certainly one of the most picturesque is Manitou Fallswhere the river tumbles through a narrow sandstone gorge. You will want to have your camera handy here. Other highlights include things like: the fantastic camping spots along the way, the fun of shooting rapids and the possibility of seeing wildlife along the river edge. The fishing is great.
$2995.00 Canadian These prices are in Canadian dollars and are subject to GST.
July 11 to 18, 2020
August 8 to 15, 2020
Please apply for trip before June 11, 2020
With a group of 4 or more we can customize the dates to suit your schedule.Please include a $900 deposit with your application.
We accept a cheque, Master Card or Visa. Balance is payable 90 days before the trip start date. Payments are non-refundable.
We will meet the group at Points North Landing in northern Saskatchewan at 9:00 a.m. A short drive takes us to the put-in on the Waterfound River. Contact us for options for getting to Points North (either by road or air depending on your budget and timing).
Day 2 to 7
We will continue down the Waterfound River which connects with the Fond du Lac River after a couple of days. We’ll enjoy some of the best camping spots anywhere. We’ll likely spend an extra day enjoying the scenery at Manitou Falls.
The floatplane will arrive in the morning to transport us back to Points North.