Beaulieu River to Great Slave Lake

CanadaNorthwest TerritoriesGreat Slave
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197 km
10 days
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1000 m
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Access by air from Yellowknife
Start at Spencer Lake
South through Spencer Lake
Two sets of rapids
South through small lake
Long sections of rapids / falls
South through Sunset Lake
West on Beaulieu River after Sunset lake
Section 18 km long with many rapids - ledges must be port.
Through Lake 957
Three rapids in section following lake
South through Turnback Lake
P around falls at exit from Turnback Lake
Mainly flat section of river with a few rapids in middle section
South through Tumpline Lake
Flatwater section of river
Section of river with 3 runs of continuous class 2/3
Flatwater section of river
Through Cleft Lake
Through Consolation Lake
Section 3 km long with 4 major drops
Short, calm section
Chute and falls - portage on left
Section 4 km long - quiet water
P 500 m R around 3 ledges
Two major rapids in next section
P 500 m R around large falls
Southwest into Hearne Lake
P around large falls
South through Watta Lake
Section 19 km long on river - mainly flat with some rapids
South through Pauline Lake
South into Great Slave Lake
Pickup by air from Yellowknife

Maps Required
Topo Maps (1:250,000): 
Upper Carp Lake 85P Hearne Lake 85J Yellowknife 85J