Coppermine River from Lac de Gras

CanadaNunavutArctic
Submitter & Author Information
Route submitted by: 
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Additional Route Information
Distance: 
670 km
Duration: 
25 days
Loop Trip: 
No
Portage Information
No. of portages: 
0
Total Portage Distance: 
0 m
Longest Portage: 
1000 m
Difficulty Ratings
River Travel: 
Advanced
Lake Travel: 
Advanced
Portaging: 
Difficult
Remoteness: 
Advanced
Background Trip Info
Water Levels: 
Unknown
Route Description
Technical Guide: 

Access by float plane from Yellowknife
North through Lac de Gras
North through Point Lake
North through Redrock lake
Two rapids - usually navigable (CBR)
North through Rocknest Lake
North on Coppermine River
Confluence of Coppermine and Napaktalik Rivers
Four large rapids in 8 km stretch
Next 30 km - slow current
Next 40 km - continuous rapids
Confluence of Coppermine and Fairy Lake Rivers
Fairy Lake rapids
No whitewater for next 130 km
Past Big Bend
Section with many rapids (some unmarked)
Past Rocky Defile (canyon with major rapid)
Confluence with Kendall River
Muskox Rapids (set of two)
Continuous whitewater
Escape Rapids - canyon - caution!
Several unmarked rapids
Bloody Falls - 1,000 m portage
Section 16 km long - silty and shallow
Finish at community of Coppermine on Arctic Ocean

Maps Required
Topo Maps (1:250,000): 
Lac de Gras 76D Point Lake 86H Hepburn Lake 86J Dismal Lake 86N Winter Lake 86A Redrock Lake 86G Sload Nriver 86K CopperMine 86O