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Drinking River

About this Canoe Route

Drinking River

From your put-in at McLennan Lake, there are three options to access the Churchill River, each route with its own unique characteristics. Read the McLennan Lake to Churchill River Stewart River, Fernside/Stauffer, and Kemp/Gunboat Bay routes for more details. The configuration of this route is for the Stewart River Route which gives you the most time exploring the Churchill. Paddling with the current and the Rattler Creek rock paintings, Robertson, Twin, & North Falls between Otter Lake & Mountain Lake, historic Stanley Mission church, and the breathtaking Nistowiak Falls are significant highlights in the Churchill River potion.

The ascent of the Drinking River is full of medium-sized lakes interconnected by rapids and waterfalls. Explore the old mine site at Hunter Falls. Wick rapids: wicked name! Brown Rapids and gorgeous Hepburn Falls connect Malchow Lake to Rink Lake. Along the Drinking River and throughout the McLennan Lake canoe area are small to medium-sized lakes.

There will be more human traffic on the first portion of the trip from McLennan Lake to the Churchill River. The Drinking River and the outer portions of the McLennan Lake canoe area give you seclusion because it is remote.

Montreal River Outpost can provide shuttle service to and from McLennan Lake. Take the time to enjoy the land of the Canadian Shield with this awesome trip, the longest of the options connecting McLennan Lake to the Churchill River.

Canoe Trip Details

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Optional Portages

Start Point:

Bear's Camp, McLennan Lake

End Point

Bear's Camp, McLennan Lake

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Canoe Trip Photo Gallery

Drinking River

Book Your Canoe Trip Shuttle Online

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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