Lower Churchill Region

Updated June 15, 2015

Routes on the Churchill River system downstream (east) from Hwy 102, with the exceptions noted below. 

Churchill River; Montreal River, Nemei River, Rapid River, Reindeer Lake, Reindeer River, Swan River, Waddy River, Wapiskau River, Wathaman River, Williams (not William) River. 
Please consult also the paragraph Extended Routes ... posted at 
http://www.myccr.com/phpbbforum/viewtop ... 11&t=37395 

1. The Cochrane River flows from Wollaston Lake (which lies entirely in Saskatchewan) to Reindeer Lake (which lies mostly in Saskatchewan); its length is split roughly equally between Saskatchewan and Manitoba. Because the bulk of Cochrane travel is in MB (in fact,no known Cochrane Route lies in SK only), Cochrane Route and Information entries are listed in MB only, at 
2. In order to reduce the number of entries (already rather large without them) in the Lower Churchill region, Routes on the Churchill River system with a component on the Sturgeon-weir River system (for example the popular route passing between the Churchill and the Sturgeon-weir systems via the Frog Portage) are posted in the SK South region at 

Ed notes.
1. As used here, Otter Lake includes Devil Lake and Missinipe.
2. Routes extending both well above and well below Otter Lake are posted in both the Upper Churchill and the Lower Churchill regions. 
3. For the purpose of providing the paddler easy access to Route information, I have constructed seven subregions. Please note that the subregions are not well defined, and also that some Routes cross from one subregion to another (I usually place such Routes in the subregion where the Route starts). In short, paddlers should examine nearby subregions.

This post provides Route information for the following subregions: 
1. The Churchill River proper. 
2. The Lac la Ronge area.
3. The MacKay Lake area, east of Hwy 102; Routes to the west of Hwy 102 are posted in the Upper Churchill region. 
4. The McLennan Lake area. 
The second post, at 
provides Route information for the following subregions: 
5. The Montreal River system above Lac la Ronge, including the Kingsmere Lake area. 
6. Reindeer Lake and Reindeer River. 
7. Routes starting from Tyrrell Lake.

Subregion 1. Churchill River 

Churchill River. Hwy 102 to Pukatawagan Lake MB Information.
General information for the Churchill River, including information for the reach above Hwy 102, is posted at
http://www.myccr.com/SectionForums/view ... 11&t=37404 
The following is specific to the Lower Churchill.
Topos. Hwy 102 to Pukatawagan Lake. 
In order of use: 73P10, 73P9 (lower left corner only, if that; not really needed), 73P7, 73P8, 63M5, 63M6, 63M11, 63M10, 63M7, 63M8, 63M9, 63M16, 63N13, 63N14, 63N11. 
History of Peter Ballantyne Cree Nation. 
Ric Driediger outlines. 
Churchill River. French-Ducker Route. 
http://www.churchillrivercanoe.com/trip ... tures.html 
Environment Canada Water Office. Churchill River at Sandy Bay. 
http://www.wateroffice.ec.gc.ca/graph/g ... tn=06EA002 
SK WSA. Stream Flows and Lake Levels. Churchill River at Sandy Bay. 
https://www.wsask.ca/Lakes-and-Rivers/S ... -/06EA002/ 
Environment Canada Water Office. Churchill River above Wintego Rapids. 
http://www.wateroffice.ec.gc.ca/graph/g ... tn=06EA011 
SK WSA. Stream Flows and Lake Levels. Churchill River above Wintego Rapids. 
https://www.wsask.ca/Lakes-and-Rivers/S ... -/06EA011/ 
This entry was written by Allan Jacobs.

Churchill River. Hwy 102 to Pukatawagan Lake MB. Features. 
Ed note: Features for the Upper Churchill are posted at 
Start features. 
Hwy 102 and Otter Rapids, Otter Lake and Missinipe. 
Two routes from Otter Lake (Missinipe) to Mountain Lake: 
1. Northern route through Eyinew Lake. 
2. Southern route past Robertson Falls (Stony Mountain Portage) and Twin Falls (Mountain Portage; two routes past both falls, one with one portage, the other with two). 
Mountain Lake (and Cow Narrows), Stanley Mission (and church), Stanley Rapids (Big and Little), Drope Lake, Nistowiak Lake, Rapid River confluence, Potter Rapids, Drinking Lake (Drinking River confluence). 
Two routes from Drinking Lake to Keg Lake: 
1. Northern route through Inman Channel. 
2. Southern route by Island Portage (voyageur route downstream [Source: Marchildon-Robinson]). 
Keg Lake, Keg Falls, Grand Rapids, Trade Lake, past Frog Portage (to the Sturgeon-weir River), Pickerel River confluence, Uskik Lake, Kettle Falls, Ourom Lake, Reindeer River confluence, Iskwatam Lake, Wapumon Gorge (not at Toporama), Wapumon Lake, Wintego Lake, Wintego Rapids, Pita Lake. 
Two routes from Pita Lake to Reeds Lake (see the discussion in my Churchill report at 
http://www.myccr.com/SectionForums/view ... 12&t=33690 : 
1. Northern route along "Churchill River", to the north end of the lake to the north of Reeds Lake. 
2 Alternate (shorter) route through Cameron Falls and Pikoo Lake to the west end of the lake to the north of Reeds Lake. 
Reeds Lake, Sokatisewin Lake, Mukoman River confluence, Island Falls, Sandy Bay, Wasawakasik Lake, Nemei River confluence, Okipwatikew Lake, Loon Lake, enter Manitoba, Sisipuk Rapids, Sisipuk Lake, Bloodstone Falls, Bonald Lake, Pukatawagan Lake, Pukatawagan, Pawistik (I’m informed that this is easiest means to access the railroad). 
This entry was written by Allan Jacobs. 

Churchill River. Hwy 102 to Pukatawagan Lake MB. Places. 
Otter Lake. 
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Otter_Lake ... tchewan%29 
https://www.google.com/search?q=otter+l ... =675&dpr=1 
Ed note: Settlement and park. 
http://www.sasktourism.com/travel-infor ... opid=91505 
http://www.churchillrivercanoe.com/abou ... inipe.html 
https://saskparks.goingtocamp.com/LacLa ... nipe%3FMap 
https://www.google.com/search?q=Missini ... =675&dpr=1 
Grandmother’s Bay.
http://www.kayas.ca/communities/grandsm ... erbay.html 
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grandmothe ... skatchewan 
http://www.becquet.ca/director/maps/Gra ... rs_Bay.htm 
http://www.stec.com/ready-to-work/deliv ... others-bay 
https://www.google.com/search?q=grandmo ... =675&dpr=1 
Robertson Falls. 
https://www.google.com/search?q=roberts ... =675&dpr=1 
Twin Falls. 
https://www.google.com/search?q=twin+fa ... =675&dpr=1 
http://www.tripadvisor.com/LocationPhot ... hewan.html 
Stanley Mission. 
http://digipac.ca/canoeing/churchill/ch ... ission.htm 
https://www.google.com/search?q=stanley ... =675&dpr=1 
Holy Trinity Anglican Church. 
http://www.historicplaces.ca/en/rep-reg ... px?id=2917 
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Holy_Trini ... tchewan%29 
http://www.sasktourism.com/travel-infor ... opid=91481 
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatche ... 0-1.895013 
http://www.skdiocese.com/photos/photos- ... eek/553833 
http://www.saskparks.net/Default.aspx?D ... 64e09c02a9 
http://www.kayas.ca/historicsites/stanl ... hurch.html 
https://www.google.com/search?q=Holy+Tr ... =675&dpr=1 
Stanley Rapids. 
Drope Lake. 
http://northstarexped.blogspot.ca/2012/ ... lapse.html 
Nistowiak Lake. 
https://www.google.com/search?q=nistowi ... =675&dpr=1 
Potter Rapids. 
Drinking Lake, Drinking River, Inman Channel and Island Portage. 
Nothing worth posting was found. 
Keg Lake, Keg Falls and Grand Rapids. 
Nothing worth posting was found. 
Trade Lake. 
Frog Portage. 
http://www.kayas.ca/tradetravel/travelr ... rtage.html 
https://www.google.com/search?q=frog+po ... =675&dpr=1 
http://books.google.ca/books?id=huNEqH9 ... ge&f=false 
Uskik Lake. 
Nothing worth posting was found.