With a group size of 5 or more, we can customize the dates and the content of this program to suit your needs. The prices given are approximate. Please contact us for a quote that exactly fits your needs.
Canyons, unbelievable camping, mystifying water falls, incredible fishing, exhilarating white water, and wildlife. These are some of the things waiting for you on what some describe as Saskatchewan's best canoe trip. The Porcupine River is north eastern Saskatchewan's gem. This is a must paddle river for any serious wilderness canoeist.
Located in northeastern Saskatchewan, the Porcupine River is, an unspoiled, clear-water river in a pristine wilderness setting of spectacular beauty. The river flows through numerous rapids, over a number of spectacular falls and through several canyons. Many argue this river rates Number 1 in Saskatchewan. After paddling the Porcupine, it’s hard to disagree with that assessment.
The trip is designed for those who have experience\ in running Class II+ rapids.
Very few people visit the Porcupine in a summer. The river is tucked away in a little known corner of the province. It is highly unlikely that you will see others on the river.
Bald Eagles circling overhead near the top of the cliffs. You will likely see some Bears and Moose can sometimes be seen along the river. Some groups seecaribou. The fishing is incredible.
There are numerous rapids. There are only a few that absolutely need to be portaged. There are many that are questionable. The group will have to take a close look at these.
You can fly commercially from either La Ronge or Saskatoon to Points North. Or we can meet you in Missinipe and you can ride with up to Points North in our van. From there we will board a float plane and fly to Selwyn Lake. From here we will begin our decent of the Porcupine River.
The river flows into the Fond du Lac River. From here we fly by float plane back to Points North. We then board a commercial plane back toLa Ronge or ride with us in our van back to Missinipe.
Is this trip for me?
The Porcupine River is Ric Driediger's favourite river. It's the perfect blend of great paddling, remote wilderness, and spectacular scenery. It's also a challenging river, and here at CRCO we hesitate to recommend it to all but the most seasoned unguided groups.
That said, it is very doable for novice groups under the leadership of an experienced guide. If you are unsure about your group's skills, then a guided trip and catered trip on the Porcupine will be a trip of a lifetime. Do it! You will never regret spending two weeks on this perfect gem of a river!
Jim Baird has written a brief trip report of the Porcupine River here.
$4995.00 Canadian These prices are in Canadian dollars and are subject to GST.
August 5-16, 2019
With a group of 5 or more we can customize the dates to suit your schedule.
Please apply for trip by July 5, 2019
Please include a $900 deposit with your application. We accept a cheque, Master Card, Visa or debit card (in our office). This fee is non-refundable less than one month prior to the start of the expedition. The balance is due before the start of the expedition. This may be paid in our office in Missinipe or by mail or telephone.
Arrive in Points North, northern Saskatchewan. Transwest Air flies to Points North from Saskatoon each day. You can also get a ride in the CRCO van from Missinipe if you prefer to drive (12 hours from Saskatoon... you've been warned!) Your guide will meet you at the air terminal. CRCO will have a hotel room waiting for you. Plan to arrive in the late afternoon or evening. Your guide will spend the evening talking about trip details. You’ll get your own canoe barrel to repack your gear into.
After breakfast you will board a float plane and head for Selwyn Lake and begin the journey down the Porcupine River.
Day 3 to 11
The group will paddle, portage and camp their way down the Porcupine River. From the Fond du Lac, if you have made good time and the weather is fine, there is another 15 km and a portage past Burr Falls to get to Black Lake. The stunning falls and the magnificent lake make this added effort more than worthwhile.
The float plane will arrive to pick up the group around mid morning. Back at Points North you can catch a flight back to Saskatoon that day. If you choose to stay in Points North for the night, the group will have a meal together. Our van will then be heading back to Missinipe the next day.