South Nahanni River from Moose Ponds

CanadaNorthwest TerritoriesMackenzie
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Additional Route Information
Distance: 
703 km
Duration: 
21 days
Loop Trip: 
No
Portage Information
No. of portages: 
0
Total Portage Distance: 
0 m
Longest Portage: 
0 m
Difficulty Ratings
River Travel: 
Advanced
Lake Travel: 
Advanced
Portaging: 
Difficult
Remoteness: 
Advanced
Background Trip Info
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Route Description
Technical Guide: 

Float plane from Fort Simpson, Blackstone Park or Fort Liard (Northwest Territories)
Float plane from Watson Lake, Yukon or Fort Nelson
(British Columbia)
Start at Moose Ponds
190 km section of river - class II and class III rapids
(most technical rapids are in the first 50 km)
Remainder is generally strong current / gravel bars
Confluence of South Nahanni and Rabbitkettle Rivers
(7 days to 10 days required for this section)
Groups must hike to Rabbitkettle lake to register in park
Confluence with Flood Creek
39 km section of river
Sluice Box - violent rapid
Virginia Falls - 385 feet high
P 1250 m along boardwalk to base of falls
Five Mile Canyon (Painted Canyon) 8 km long
Swift current, large standing waves
Confluence with Marengo Creek
Confluence with Clearwater Creek
Hell`s Gate (Figure Eight) Rapids
(Most difficult on South Nahanni)
17 km stretch - fairly quiet - some rapids & whirlpools
Confluence with Mary River
48 km section of canyons, including ...
Third Canyon
Second Canyon
Cache Rapids (George`s Riffle)
First Canyon - class III to class IV rapids - no portage
Yohin Ridge
River slows down, becomes braided
33 km section of river
Nahanni Butte (alternate finish point)
40 km downstream on Liard River
(alternate finish point at Blackstone Territorial Park)
144 km section to Fort Simpson on MacKenzie River

Maps Required
Topo Maps (1:250,000): 
Nahanni 105 I Glacier Lake 95 L Flat River 95 E Virginia Falls 95 F Sibbeston Lake 95 G Fort Simpson 95 H

Comments

Post date: Sat, 01/01/2000 - 07:00

Comments: 

I'd appreciate seeing the log and photos. We're tight for time and wonder if it's possible to start at the Mooseponds and get picked up when the river slows down by moetboat or vehcle.

Post date: Sat, 01/01/2000 - 07:00

Comments: 

I have written an log and have pictures availiable for anyone interested.

Post date: Sat, 01/01/2000 - 07:00

Comments: 

I would not classify First Canyon as Class II to IV rapids instead I would state that First Canyon contains George's Riffle and Lafferty's Riffle which depending on the water level can range between Class II and IV. Include the opportunities for Hiking, most notably the guided hike to the tofa mounds, the Sunblood Mountain hike, Pilgrim Creek and Dry Canyon Creek. Another highlight worth mentioning is Kraus' Hotsprings.

An excellent source of information on this route is: Nahanni The River Guide by Peter Jowett