The first third of this trip follows a series 5 lakes and 6 portages connecting Nemeiben Lake to the Churchill River. Our total trip is about 190 kilometers. This portion of the route is typical Precambrian Shield country. Beautiful rock outcroppings form great camping spots all along some of these lakes. This is mixed with some muskeg lakes and wet portages.

Then we get to the Churchill River. The Cree call the river Missinipe or Big Water. They have been it’s inhabitants for thousands of years and continue to live along it’s shores. The Churchill was part of the main voyageur route across the continent during the fur trade era. We’ll visit a site of an old fur trade post.

The trip is a great mix of peaceful lake paddling, challenging portages and thrilling whitewater. You’ll get to see eagles, pelicans, osprey, moose and bear. You will likely meet other groups, but the river is not busy until you get within a day of the end. The trip begins with a van shuttle from Missinipe to Nemeiben Lake (65 km).

Trip at a Glance

Churchill River - Nemeiben Lake to Missinipe
Lakewater with Whitewater options wilderness canoe trip
Length: 9 days
Skill Level: Novice/Intermediate
Dates: June 15 to 23
Trip Fees: $2095 CAD
Trip Rendezvous: Missinipe, Saskatchewan with shuttle service available from La Ronge for those who are arriving by commercial flights

Trip Description

The Churchill River trip meets at Churchill River Canoe Outfitters in Missinipe, Saskatchewan. We will overnight there, before heading by van to Nemeiben Lake (65 km). The guides will review paddling strokes, canoe maneuvers and safety before we head on to the lake. At the first rapids, several days later, we’ll go over river reading and route planning. From here on it is mostly lake paddling with some really fun rapids in between. Expect some portages each day between lakes, at waterfalls, or rapids that we cannot, or you would prefer not to paddle. Most portages are less than 300m, but the last day, depending on the route we choose, and the skill of the group there could be a portage of 1100m. On our last day, we’ll be picked up around noon by our van for our ride back to Missinipe and then for those who need to, on to La Ronge to connect with late afternoon flights to Saskatoon. Some in the group may want to stay overnight for a celebratory meal together.

Nemeiben Lake to Missinipe Trip Itinerary

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What is Included in the Price?

Overnight stay at CRCO in Missinipe on June 15
•Guides - 5:1 ratio
•Trail Meals
 • Excellent meals from Day 2 lunch to Day 9 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:
 • Charter van ride from Missinipe to Nemeiben Lake
 • 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 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 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 Churchill River region often has idyllic summer temperatures, but not always. Expect temperatures to range from 12 C to 32C, but averaging from 17 - 25 C. A good rain suit is a must, along with some warm clothing for cool days and nights. The water temperature in mid June is usually about 18 C.

Frequently Asked Questions

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.