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PostPosted: August 14th, 2013, 9:14 pm 
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Hey -

Our group from Wanapitei Canoe is safely back from a 2 week adventure on the little known and rarely traveled Lauchlan River.

It's on Nunavut's Victoria Island, not too far from Cambridge Bay, flowing mostly south into Byron Bay and the Northwest Passage.

Details and pictures on request.

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PostPosted: August 15th, 2013, 8:49 am 
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Please post details and pictures.


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PostPosted: August 15th, 2013, 9:32 am 
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We accessed the Lauchlan River (aka Lachlin and Lachlan) by way of a chartered float plane out of Cambridge Bay—about a 90 minute flight. The river itself is smallish with large lakes broken up by stretches of simple but technical rapids (many of them uncomfortably shallow).

You will likely see musk ox, caribou, bears, cranes, and wolves and have good trout and char fishing. There are also numerous Inuit/Thule/Dorset-era campsites, tent rings, caches, hunting blinds, etc. Depending on where you start, the trip could comfortably be done in 8-12 days with allowances for hiking, wind, etc. At the mouth of Byron Bay, there's a derelict cabin where you can be picked up and flown back to Cambridge Bay.

The river is little known and rarely, if ever, paddled. We couldn't find any documentation about past canoe trips, historical or modern day. It's not particularly dangerous but I wouldn't recommend it for inexperienced adventurers. If you know more about it, please share your knowledge.

(I hope you can see the handful of photos I've attached. For more info, there are pictures slowly trickling onto our guide's Facebook page @ http://facebook.com/wanapiteicanoe.)

James

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PostPosted: August 15th, 2013, 3:20 pm 
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you missed low clouds, wind, ice, and snow on the nanook

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PostPosted: August 15th, 2013, 3:49 pm 
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LOL, Brian! Like you, we experienced all 4 seasons inside of our two weeks on the river!

The cold weather was slightly preferred only because the warmer days brought out mosquitoes—and the sweaty hell of an overheated dry suit. :cry:

ps - I'd love to hear your Nanook River stories. Our plans changed at the 11th hour or else that's where we would have been!


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PostPosted: October 4th, 2013, 9:51 pm 
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i'm looking for info for Lauchlan river--anyone have some? getting there, cost, where, season. hoping to spend a month, packboat canoe, hiking, botanizing, other ecologizing, camping. thanks.

other victoria island rivers/hikes? is Lauchlan river same as Kuujjua?
also looking at thomsen river, banks island--anyone with info?


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PostPosted: October 8th, 2013, 12:48 pm 
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James at Wanapitei should be able to help you out with Lauchlan River info.
Getting there is fly to Cambridge Bay and then air charter with DAL Aviation.
The season would be early July to mid August.

The Lauchlan in is the south, the Kuujjua in the north west (both on Victoria Island).
There are several rivers on Victoria Island, most known to paddlers are the Kuujjua and Nanook.

The Thomsen River on Banks Island is in the park so the park should be able to also provide info.

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PostPosted: December 1st, 2013, 11:49 am 
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Did 2 week canoe trip down the Lauchlan in Aug 2012 and we (group of 4) had plenty of water. Great wildlife but mediocre/poor fishing with small lake trout and very few char. Muskox outfitter has camp at mouth at Byron Bay. No tough rapids and an easy class II river with no big lakes, lots of small lakes that are fairly sheltered and very easy whitewater on the lower river. Bugs less of a factor than on the mainland as black flies don't bite(seriously!). Found it tough to coordinate logistics with Fred Hamilton who has the only charter plan in Cambridge bay as he is very busy running hi-arctic lodge. Canoeist are not his priority.

Also went down the lower Surrey and flew over the 30 Mile River (also know as the Halovik) in Aug and early-Sep 2012. Both can be canoed although the 30 Mile is very shallow and will require extensive wading, while the Surrey has big lakes to deal with and is where Hi-Arctic has their lodge. Lots of muskox, wolves, caribou and a few grizzlies were seen on our trip.

We did the 135 mile trip down the Tree River this past summer 2013, which was much more challenging and a real adventure relative to the Lauchlan which would make great 1st Barren land trip due to the small lakes and easy paddling.


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