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Nipekamew River (Upper)

About this Canoe Route

Nipekamew River (Upper)

Nipekamew from the lake north to the bridge is a wild whitewater run for those paddlers comfortable running long stretches of CII/III whitewater on a read-and-run basis. Once you start there is no road access, no portages and very few opportunities to get out of the canoe and scout. If done as a day trip, you must be comfortable paddling over 50km with long sections of WW right to the end. This is a very narrow river with sweepers that can block the whole river and has many blind corners. Water levels can make this river from impassable on the low end to technical to raging on the high end.

Competent paddlers will not only experience awesome whitewater, but also incredible wildlife viewing as well. This canoe trip starts on East Trout Lake and continues for 50kms down to Highway 165E. Most paddlers choose to do this canoe trip in 2 days, opposed to one very long day of paddling. Experience the famous Nipekamew Sand Cliffs from the best possible place, right beside them. The Nipekamew Sand Cliffs are huge (~60ft tall) walls of sand that were created naturally over millions of years. Note: Please respect these historical landmarks by observing them only, and not attempting to climb on or around them.

This canoe trip is typically done earlier in the year when water levels are a little higher as the Nipekamew River is a shallow river in some portions of this route. Feel free to contact Montreal River Outpost for the latest on water levels.

Access to the start and end point of this canoe route are in remote areas. Montreal River Outpost offers shuttles to canoeists looking to complete this canoe trip. We also rent Esquif canoes to navigate the whitewater.

Canoe Trip Details

Skill Level


Trip Type

Class I/II rapids, Shallow River





Mandatory Portages


Optional Portages

Start Point:

Nipekamew River

End Point

HWY-165 E

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Canoe Trip Photo Gallery

Nipekamew River (Upper)

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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