Mirror-MacFarlane 2

CanadaSaskatchewanNorth
Submitter & Author Information
Route submitted by: 
Sherwood Botsford
Trip Date : 
Additional Route Information
Distance: 
500 km
Duration: 
20 days
Loop Trip: 
No
Portage Information
No. of portages: 
15
Total Portage Distance: 
15000 m
Longest Portage: 
5000 m
Difficulty Ratings
River Travel: 
Intermediate
Lake Travel: 
Advanced
Portaging: 
Difficult
Remoteness: 
Not applicable
Background Trip Info
Water Levels: 
Low
Route Description
Access to Put-In Information: 

Access at Forrest or Beet Lake requires a 1 km portage on a sandy quad track. Do NOT leave your vehicles here. Ft. Smith is about 16 hour drive to Edmonton.

Technical Guide: 

Starting from Beet Lake on the Cluft Lake Mine Road, go down the Clearwater to the junction with the Mirror. Go up the Mirror. Cross the height of land to the MacFarlane. Go down the MacFarlane to Lake Athabasca. Go along the south shore across the Athabasca Delta, and cross over to Ft. Chipiwyan. Trip can be ended here (flyout) , or extended to Ft. Smith for drive out.

Trip Journal/Log/Report/Diary: 

Yes, but I'm not sharing. It's your adventure.

Maps Required
Topo Maps (1:50,000): 
 
Topo Maps (1:250,000): 
 
Other Maps: 
 
Other
Special Comments: 

Rivers are boulder garden rapids. There are several serious rapids not marked on the maps. We portaged the entire canyon of the lower MacFarlane. Advanced paddlers can shoot some of them.
Lake Athabasca is very shallow and wind can raise dangerous waves very very quickly.