Mirror-Virgin-Methye

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: 
0
Total Portage Distance: 
40 m
Longest Portage: 
20 m
Difficulty Ratings
River Travel: 
Intermediate
Lake Travel: 
Intermediate
Portaging: 
Difficult
Remoteness: 
Not applicable
Background Trip Info
Water Levels: 
Low
Route Description
Access to Put-In Information: 

Shuttle is a bitch.

Technical Guide: 

Starting on the extreme upper Clearwater accessed off of Forrest Lake on the Cluft lake mine road, descend the Clearwater to the Mirror, then up the Mirror near the headwaters. You can see a double hill on the north side of the river. Portage to Virgin Lake, about 11 km with a couple small puddles in between. The first, about 4 km in has nice camping. The second has boggy shores.

Go down the Virgin River -- lots of small rapids. Watch for sweepers and jams -- to Careen Lake, then down to the Clearwater again. Continue down the Clearwater to Methye Portage, and finish your route over this historic trail. Camp at Rendezvous Lake, about 2/3 of the way across. Pull out at Lac La Loche.

Trip Journal/Log/Report/Diary: 

Probably. But it's more fun if you have to find your own way.

Other
Special Comments: 

If you are going to cache your vehicles lock them behind a fence. Department of Highways is pretty good about letting you use their compounds. Talk to the RCMP.