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The French Ducker Route shows off typical Precambrian Shield country. Part of this route is on Otter Lake which is part of the Churchill River. And part of this route is on French and Ducker Lakes, part of the Stewart River system which flows into the Churchill River. This route shows off canoe country at it’s best. This route shows off some of the best of Churchill River paddling. Otter Lake is a beautiful island filled lake. Even though the lake is large, because ot the many islands, it has an intimate feel. And because of the many islands, the occasional current between the islands reminds you that you are on a river. At the far end of Otter Lake the river flows over 3 waterfalls into Mountain Lake. You will get to visit Robertson, Twin and North Falls. Each is unique. As you leave the Churchill River and paddle and portage up the Stewart River, the feel changes. The water no longer is moving, like it was on the Churchill. If you pay attention, the water even has a slightly different color and taste. In Rattler Bay you'll get to see ancient pictographs. This is truly a good introduction to paddling in the Precambrian Shield of Northern Saskatchewan

Trip at a Glance

Lakewater wilderness canoe trip
Length: 6 days
Skill Level: Beginner
Dates: July 13 to 18
Trip Fees: $1295 CAD
Trip Rendezvous: Missinipe, Saskatchewan with shuttle service available from the La Ronge airport

About the Trip

The French Ducker Canoe Trip follows a popular route in the Lac La Ronge Provincial Park. The trip starts and ends at the Churchill River Canoe Outfitters base in Missinipe. The route is about 45 km long with 5 portages. The longest portage is about 400 meters in length and the shortest is 100 meters.

The first part of the route is on Otter Lake which is the Churchill River. The Churchill River is a series of island filled lakes joined by rapids or waterfalls. At the far end of Otter Lake, you’ll get to visit the 3 waterfalls that drain the lake. On one of the nights on this trip you’ll get to camp just below North Falls.

The next part of the trip travels along past of one of the tributaries of the Churchill River, the Stewart River. Along the Stewart are some ancient pictographs. You may get to camp next to a small waterfall along this river as it works it’s way south to become part of the Churchill.

French Ducker Trip Itinerary

Day 1 Tuesday, July 13, 2021 - 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 2 - Breakfast, then get on the water starting right at the CRCO base in Missinipe
    - Canoe skills review, paddle and then set up camp.
Day 3 to Day 6 - Paddle Otter, Ducker and French Lakes
    - Paddle the unspoiled Otter Lake on the Churchill River and French and Ducker Lakes. Visiting Robertson, Twin and North Falls and the small falls between French and Ducker all become part of your experience. Each night, we will camp at a new site, surrounded by ruggedly beautiful scenery.
Day 6 Sunday, July 18, 2021
    - The trip ends at back at the Churchill River Canoe Outfitters’ base in Missinipe
    - 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 Fee?

•Overnight stay at CRCO in Missinipe on July 13th
•Guides - 5:1 ratio •Trail Meals
    • Excellent meals from Day 2 breakfast 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 La Ronge airport and Missinipe
    • Transportation of guides, group gear, canoe etc to and from trip

What isn't included

• 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 Otter Lake, French and Ducker Lake areas often has idyllic summer temperatures, but not always. Expect temperatures to range from 15 C to 32C, but averaging from 20 - 25 C. A good rain suit is a must, along with some warm clothing for cool days and nights. The water temperature in mid July is usually about 23 C.

YES, we highly recommend you to purchase 1) Emergency Medical/Evacuation Insurance, 2) Trip Interruption Insurance and 3) Trip Cancellation Insurance. Many credit card companies offer limited interruption/cancellation insurance, so please consult with yours before you book your trip to ensure you are adequately covered. Please also note that some types of insurance are only valid if they are purchased within a short time of making a non-refundable payment towards a trip. More information about these can be obtained through your preferred insurance provider. Prior to confirming your trip’s departure, we will ask you to sign a waiver stating you have either purchased adequate insurance or that you will be personally responsible and financially liable for any costs incurred as the result of any delays/cancellations/evacuations to you on your trip.