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Coghlan Falls Expedition

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Day 1- Travel to Missinipe, SK

  • Flights from Saskatoon to La Ronge ( your  responsibility), CRCO shuttle pickup at the airport to Missinipe or make  your way to Missinipe by your whatever means you like.

  • Pre trip meeting, gear check, dinner, overnight at CRCO accommodations in Missinipe

Day 2 - Travel to Pardoe Lake

  • Breakfast

  • Morning meet up in front of the CRCO office

  • Travel by CRCO van shuttle to Pardoe Lake

Day 2 to Day 5 - Paddle Pardoe Lake to Coghlan Falls and back

  • Pardoe Lake is a gorgeous lake on the Johnson River. We will paddle the lake over a couple days to reach the end goal- Coghlan Falls. We will spend a full day hiking and exploring around the falls before returning back across Pardoe Lake.

Day 6 - End of the trip

  • We will meet our Van Shuttle at the highway and return to Missinipe in time for connecting flights to La Ronge or overnight in Missinipe

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  • 5:1 ratio


  • Tasty meals & snacks from Day 1 supper to Day 8 Lunch

Canoeing Equipment:

  • Prospector expedition canoes

  • Paddles, PFD, helmets (you may bring your own)

  • Throw lines and other safety accessories

  • ‘Kitchen’ - tarp, fire box, cooking stoves, utensils, dishes, etc

Safety Equipment:

  • First aid and repair kits, communications equipment (satellite phone)

  • Canoe rescue gear

Local Transportation:

  • Van Shuttle from Missinipe to Pardoe Lake, SK

  • Transportation of guides, group gear, canoe etc to and from trip


  • 1 night in Missinipe on Day 1

What Is Included

  • Saskatchewan tax: GST 5%, PST 6% of the trip fee

  • Personal clothing and gear - recommended clothing & equipment list will be provided

  • Travel between your home and the trip rendezvous - Missinipe, Saskatchewan

  • Accommodation and Meals in Missinipe SK after the trip

  • Any additional expenses or costs incurred as a   result of delays to the trip caused by factors beyond our control -  i.e.  weather, unsafe paddling conditions, forest fire, pandemic, etc

  • Any costs associated with your emergency evacuation from the trip - please contact us at CRCO for more information

  • Gratuities - we recommend $20 per day per guide

  • Tents (Available upon request) standing custom expedition dome tents - 2 per tent

What Is Not Included

Let   the aroma of a fresh-brewed coffee draw you from your tent to a buffet   of fresh fruit and granola while bacon and eggs sizzle on the grill!   Shore lunches include a curated selection of gourmet meats, spreads,   cheese and bread.  After a great day of paddling, enjoy a nutritious,   hearty meal with a tasty dessert while you sit around the fire to tell   tales of your adventures. Our focus is on fresh, local ingredients to cultivate a   menu that is unique to our home in the boreal forest. From sourdough   bread with saskatoon berry jam to Saskatchewan wild rice with   Chanterelle mushroom gravy, our delicious eats will have you going back   for seconds every time.

What is the Food like?

Fly  to Saskatoon SK (YXE), From Saskatoon Fly to La Ronge SK via Rise Air  flight 502  on the fist day of the itinerary.  You will be then greeted  by CRCO staff and shuttled by Van to Missinipe which is our home base  and the launch point the expedition. Alternatively you may drive to Missinipe yourself.  Missinipe is located 480 km north of Saskatoon SK.

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Coghlan Falls, located on the Johnson River at the upstream end of Pardoe Lake in northern Saskatchewan, is a series of hidden gem waterfalls. The falls cascade 28 meters over four major drops into Pardoe Lake. The area is ideal for hiking to view all four falls and find the best vistas. An 8 km upstream day trip offers an additional exploration to a nameless 10-meter waterfall. Pardoe Lake, characterized by beautiful sand shores and long narrow form, provides excellent base camp sites for beginning this canoeing adventure. The dramatic change in scenery near the falls, where the river plunges over granite ridges into the lake, presents an awe-inspiring sight.

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