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McLennan Lake to Churchill River-Fernside/Stauffer Route

About this Canoe Route

McLennan Lake to Churchill River-Fernside/Stauffer Route

You will get to explore an array of small to medium-sized lakes from your put-in at Bear's Camp at McLennan Lake to your take-out at Missinipe. Book your shuttles from Montreal River Outpost for this northern Saskatchewan trek.

Fernside and Stauffer lakes have a similar long, narrow shape, though Stauffer has a slight edge in size. The portages between Kliman Lake and Ducker Lake are medium in length, so your muscles will get a good workout. There are creeks which connect one lake to the other through muskeg.

Once at Ducker Lake, you have two options. One option is to paddle the bays of French Lake before heading to Missinipe via Otter Lake; the other is to descend Rattler Creek -take a gander at historic rock paintings- and explore the many islands of Otter Lake before finishing at Missinipe. Both are great options.

This route is a great option for exploring both the intricacies of McLennan Lake Canoe Area & the water, land, & rock of the Churchill River. A two-for-one deal!

Canoe Trip Details

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Start Point:

Bear's Camp, McLennan Lake

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Canoe Trip Photo Gallery

McLennan Lake to Churchill River-Fernside/Stauffer Route

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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