Fond du Lac River, Saskatchewan
Fond du Lac River – Saskatchewan, Canada
Imagine a 140 mile expedition via Canada’s premiere “jewel” of a river on the breathtaking Fond du Lac, located in northern Saskatchewan. The Fond du Lac is a fly in, fly out river accessible only by float planes, as there are no road accesses. This remote wilderness region is known for fishing, moose, bear, caribou, timber wolves and fast moving water. Parts of the Fond du Lac passes through the “parkland” of the boreal forest ecozone and flows through picturesque sandstone gorges. Many of the rapids flow over rocky ledges making the whitewater unique. Other parts of the river flow through marshy areas where moose and caribou roam. Stunted jack pine with some black spruce and white birch dot the shore.
The trip starts by flying to Durant Lake, northwest of the community of Points North. At the end of our expedition the floatplane will pick us up again just past Burr Falls on Black Lake.
Other highlights include: fantastic beach camping, class I & II rapids and the possibility of seeing abundant wildlife along the river edge. The fishing is spectacular! This is an opportunity to complete the “Grand Slam” of far north fishing, world class northern pike, walleye, arctic grayling and lake trout. The daily canoeing miles for the Fond du Lac expedition are generally less than other expeditions. This leaves additional time in the day for fishing, hiking and relaxing.
Map maker 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 Falls where the river tumbles through a narrow limestone gorge. You will want to have your camera handy here.
Dates: June 14-21st, 2019 (8 days)
Activity Level: 1.5 of 5
Prerequisites: Basic Canoeing & Camping Skills
- Adult: $2,950. Early registration SAVE $400 January 15 – March 31st
*Prices are given in US Dollars
Included: Whitewater decked tripping canoes, whitewater paddles, PFD’s, helmets, experienced & certified- ACA level 4 Instructor/Guide, B/L/D + snacks, maps, tents, large and small dry bags, barrels, all group / kitchen equipment, safety gear, emergency satellite phone, and trip photo DVD.
PLUS: Participate for FREE in our Wolf River Expedition Weekend, Langlade Wisconsin. Meet fellow paddlers, brush up on paddling strokes on class I-III rapids. Review and practice swiftwater safety protocols all in preparation for the summers expeditions
Clients favorite meals: Breakfast: fried or hard boiled eggs with salsa, cloud berry pancakes, oatmeal with dried fruit, bagels, fresh oranges, coffee, tea, cappuccino or hot chocolate. Lunch: ham or sausage and cheese or peanut butter & jelly burritos, apples, fruit newtons, M&M cookies. Dinner: baked, fried or grilled fresh walleye or arctic grayling with lemon-pepper, creamy wild rice soup with pike strips, barbecue and brown sugar glazed lake trout, chicken pot pie, pan seared aged New York steak with sauteed mushrooms, corn, green beans with chive butter, three cheese biscuits, cherry cheese cake.
Not included: Personal gear, clothing, sleeping bags, ground pads, Passport, fishing license, etc.
Pre trip arrival (6/12/2017)
Clients should arrive at Points North Saskatchewan, 1 day before your trip starts. If needed, we can travel from Prince Albert to Points North as a group as the road is rather treacherous. We will have a group gathering the evening of the day before our departure to meet other members, answer any questions, and issue remaining gear.
From Points North we will take a short flight to Durrant Lake – the beginning of our decent of the Waterfound River then onto the Fond du Lac.
Day 2 to 9
Continue down the Fond du Lac River arriving at Black Lake. Along the way we will enjoy some of the best camping and fishing spots anywhere.
- Stop below our first set of rapids and catch several nice pike for dinner
- Sneak river right past Hanson’s Rapids
- Paddle past a cow and calf moose
- Catch a lake trout
- Follow a caribou trail while taking a long hike atop River Esker
- Spend 30 minutes landing a giant pike
- Stay up late and watch a midnight sunset
- Run and camp at Red Bank Rapids
- Complete the Northern Grand Slam of fishing with a nice catch of arctic grayling
- Portage and take great photos of Manitou Falls
- Hike Burr Falls Island, awe and wonder at the power of the Falls, portage the Falls.
- Paddle out onto Black Lake
- Watch the sunset, eat our last meal of fresh walleye
The float plane will arrive in the morning to transport us back to Points North where we are free to savor our memories.