Bellenger-Esker

CanadaNewfoundland-LabradorLabrador
Submitter & Author Information
Route submitted by: 
Arne Klepinger
Trip Date : 
Additional Route Information
Distance: 
130 km
Duration: 
10 days
Loop Trip: 
No
Portage Information
No. of portages: 
2
Total Portage Distance: 
150 m
Longest Portage: 
100 m
Difficulty Ratings
River Travel: 
Intermediate
Lake Travel: 
Intermediate
Portaging: 
Easy
Remoteness: 
Intermediate
Background Trip Info
Water Levels: 
Route Description
Technical Guide: 

This is a fly-in, paddle to the train trip. Five of us drove from Maine to Lab City, Air Saguenay's Otter flew us 80km to Lac Bellenger. We camped at the SW end of lake. The southern shore has great peaks to hike. The river, no name, flows NE through many (30) CL1-4 rapids, and lakes to Menihek Lake. The lakes include, Milner, Square, and Clark. This is similar to the Macphayden, we did in 2012. This years trip seemed more varied, and less long stretches of flatwater. There is extensive lining due to the length of some rapids, and the upper river water levels. The upper part is small, fun in our one solo boat. The folks at Esker were very nice, and helpful. The train seems more important now with the reopening of the Schefferville mine. This is a beautiful river and area, with many possibilities.

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Special Comments: 

We took two Pakboats, they are light, but were damaged often in the upper shallow rapids. Now that Air Saguenay can only carry one canoe(unless you can fit one inside the other), and only with the Otter, carrying canoes is expensive. If you want more info on the trip, feel free to contact me.