Coghlan Falls is on the Johnson River at the upstream end of a long lake called Pardoe Lake. The falls are one of those many hidden gems in northern Saskatchewan that very few people know about. Coghlan Falls drops 28 meters over 4 major drops before it enters Pardoe Lake. It’s easy to spend a day hiking around the area trying see all 4 falls and looking to find the best view.

As an added bonus, for those who what the challenge. A day trip from Coghlan Falls further upstream about 8 km takes you to another nameless falls that drop about 10 meters.
Pardoe Lake starts near the Johnson River Bridge on Highway 905. This is a beautiful sand shored long narrow lake. There are several decent places to set up a base camp from which the explorations can begin.

From the sand shores of Pardoe Lake the scenery changes dramatically as you approach the end of the lake where the falls are. Suddenly the backbone of the Precambrian Shield shows itself. The river plunges over these granite ridges into the lake. It is an amazing site!

Trip at a Glance

Lakewater wilderness canoe trip
Length: 7 days
Skill Level: Beginner
Dates: August 15 to 21, 2022
Trip Fees: $1695 CAD
Trip Rendezvous: Missinipe, Saskatchewan with shuttle service available from the La Ronge airport

Trip Description

The Coghlan Falls Trip is a lake trip that spends most of it’s time on Pardoe Lake. After a 3 hour drive to the Johnson River, the trip starts on the far north east end of Pardoe Lake. There is a good place to camp fairly near to the start of the trip. Here we will set up our first camp and work on canoeing skills. Our next camp will be set up near to Coghlan Falls. It is from here we will hike, canoe and explore the area. As the photos show, the area around the falls is beautiful, it is a challenge to find the best vantage point to see the various falls as they tumble there way from the nameless lake above down into Pardoe Lake.
After a few days of exploring, we’d travel back to our first camping spot and then the following day back to the road and the long van ride back to Missinipe.

Coghlan Falls Trip Itinerary

Day 0 Sunday August 14, 2022 - Travel to Missinipe, SK
  - Flights from Saskatoon to La Ronge, CRCO shuttle pickup at the airport to Missinipe (80 km).
  - Pre trip meeting, gear check, dinner, overnight at CRCO in Missinipe
Day 1 August 15 - Breakfast, then load into the van and drive to the Johnson River (about 250 km)
 - Canoe skills review, paddle and then set up camp.
Day 2 to Day 6 - Paddle to Coghlan Falls
 - Paddle the unspoiled Pardoe Lake on the Johnson River. Hike and explore the area around Coghlan Falls and possibly paddle further up to explore the Upper Falls. We will set up a base camp near Coghlan Falls, surrounded by ruggedly beautiful scenery.
Day 7 Sunday August 21, 2022
 - The trip ends back at the Johnson River Bridge on Highway 905 with a van ride back to Missinipe (250 km)
 - Optional Group Dinner and overnight in Missinipe (own expense) or mid-afternoon departure from Missinipe. A shuttle is available to the La Ronge airport. That shuttle to La Ronge can also go the next day.
 - Overnight in Saskatoon (own expense) or flights home

What is Included in the Trip Price?

•Overnight stay at CRCO in Missinipe on August 10th
•Guides - 5:1 ratio
•Trail Meals
 • Excellent meals from Day 2 lunch to Day 7 lunch
 • Snacks
•Canoeing Equipment:
 • 17’ Prospector expedition canoes
 • Paddles, PFD, helmets (you may bring your own)
 • Throw lines and other safety accessories
• Camping Equipment:
 • Tents - free standing custom expedition dome tents - 2 per tent
 • ‘Kitchen’ - tarp, fire box, cooking stoves, utensils, dishes, etc
•Safety Equipment:
 • First aid and repair kits, communications equipment (satellite phone)
 • Canoe rescue gear
•Local Transportation:
 • Transportation to and from the Johnson River
 • Transportation to and from the La Ronge airport and Missinipe
 • Transportation of guides, group gear, canoe etc to and from trip

What is not Included in the Trip Price

• Saskatchewan tax: 11% of the trip fee
• Personal clothing and gear - a recommended clothing & equipment list will be provided
• Travel between your home and the trip rendezvous - Missinipe, Saskatchewan
• Accommodation in Missinipe SK after the trip (approx $60 per person based on double occupancy)
• Any meals in Missinipe before or after the trip
• Any additional expenses or costs incurred as a result of delays to the trip caused by factors beyond our control - i.e. wind, waves, unsafe paddling conditions, forest fire, pandemic, etc
• Any costs associated with your emergency evacuation from the trip - please contact us at CRCO for more information
• Gratuities - we recommend $12-$15 per day per guide

The Johnson River area often has idyllic summer temperatures, but not always. Expect temperatures to range from 10 C to 32C, but averaging from 17 - 22 C. A good rain suit is a must, along with some warm clothing for cool days and nights. The water temperature in mid August is usually about 20 C

Frequently Asked Questions

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