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Clearwater River Warner Rapids to Fort McMurray

About this Canoe Route

Clearwater River Warner Rapids to Fort McMurray

Soon after your put-in at Warner Rapids bridge on the Cluff Lake road you will be navigating challenging rapids as the Clearwater River flows southwesterly.

Gould Rapids. Smoothrock Falls. Skull Canyon. Simonson Rapids. Contact Rapids. This is a great adventure for the advanced paddler. At minimum, you have to be able to navigate up to Class II+ rapids. Camping near the noise of moving water is idyllic.

On the second part of the trip, the Clearwater River meanders through a valley surrounded by Sandstone Cliffs. The Methye Portage, a 19-km ancient trail which connects the Athabasca watershed with the Churchill watershed, is always an option to portage, than paddle across Lac La Loche to La Loche. The River continues lazily to the city of Fort McMurray. It is common to see wildlife on this stretch of the river.

This a thrilling whitewater adventure in northern Saskatchewan!

Canoe Trip Details

Skill Level


Trip Type

Class I, II, & II+ rapids & portages around Class III-IV rapids followed by the meandering river surrounded by Sandstone Cliffs.





Mandatory Portages


Optional Portages

Start Point:

Warner Rapids Bridge

End Point

Fort McMurray

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Clearwater River Warner Rapids to Fort McMurray

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Found the Northern Saskatchewan canoe route for your next adventure? Make sure you have all the gear you need! Our online booking system allows you to reserve your canoe rentals, canoe shuttles, and all other outdoor gear you may need on your Northern Saskatchewan canoe trip.

Canoe Rentals

Our specialty. We have Esquif Prospector canoes, a popular choise - and Kisseynew Canoes for those looking for something a little more luxurious.

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Get to the start of your trip, or picked up at the end. With room for multiple canoes, all your equipment, and your crew too!

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Kayaks, SUPs, Tubes

If canoeing isn't your thing, we have more options to explore the waters. Rent a Kayak, Stand-up Paddle Board, or a personal flotation tube!


Camping Equipment

Sometimes you need a little extra something, or maybe you forgot it at home! No worries, we got you covered with a range of camping equipment for rent.


Want more details about this canoe route?

Montreal River Outpost is your source for Northern Saskatchewan canoe route information. We can help you plan your next outdoor adventure in Northern Saskatchewan, and set you up for a good time!

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