The Hawkrock River has suddenly become one of Northeast Saskatchewan’s favourite rivers. It’s a clear, wild river, rushes 100 km north from its headwaters on Forsyth Lake to the Fond du Lac River. There are numerous rapids that get progressively more difficult as you go along. And all the rapids are runnable. The river flows through limestone gorges. It has incredible scenery . It is an excellent river for photography, from exciting whitewater shots of canoes crashing through large waves, to fantastic landscapes. There are wonderful camping spots ranging from a perfect crescent beach to an open jack pine bench. It is unlikely you will see others on the Hawkrock River. Bald eagles, black bear, moose and possibly caribou can be seen. Eagles, osprey and loons fill the skies. The trip begins with a 40 km van shuttle from Points North to Forsyth Lake and ends with a charter flight from Points North.

Trip at a Glance

Whitewater and lakewater wilderness canoe trip
Length: 7 days
Skill Level: Intermediate
Dates: August 25 to 31
Trip Fees: $2795 CAD
Trip Rendezvous: Points North, Saskatchewan

Trip Description

The Hawkrock River trip meets at Points North Landing, Saskatchewan. We will overnight there, before heading by van to Forsyth Lake (40 km) on the Hawkrock River. The guides will review paddling strokes, canoe maneuvers and safety before we head downstream. At the first rapids we’ll go over river reading and route planning. From here on it is a mix of swifts, rapids and lakes. All the rapids can be run. There are no portages. On our last day, we’ll be picked up in the morning from the Fond du Lac River by our charter aircraft for our flight back to Points North, to connect with late afternoon flights to Saskatoon.

Trip Itinerary

Day 1 Wednesday, August 25, 2021 - Travel to Points North, SK
  - Flights from Saskatoon to Points North
  - Pre trip meeting, gear check, dinner, overnight at Points North (own expense)
Day 2 - Breakfast, van shuttle to Forsyth Lake on the Hawkrock River
 - Canoe skills review, paddle, set up camp,
Day 3 to Day 6 - Paddle the Hawkrock River
 - The unspoiled clear waters of the Hawkrock River flow through limestone gorges and over numerous rapids. There are many fun runnable rapids. Each night, we will camp at a new site, surrounded by ruggedly beautiful scenery. The last day or so will be spent on the Fond du Lac River.
Day 7 Tuesday, August 31, 2021
 - Charter Flights from the Fond du Lac River back to Points North
 - Optional Group Dinner and overnight in Points North (own expense) or mid-afternoon departure from Points North to Saskatoon
 - Overnight in Saskatoon (own expense) or flights home

What is Included in the Trip Price

•Guides - 5:1 ratio
•Trail Meals
 • Excellent meals from Day 2 lunch to Day 7 breakfast
 • Snacks
•Canoeing Equipment:
 • 17’ Prospector expedition canoes
 • Paddles, PFD, helmets (you may bring your own)
 • Throw lines and other safety accessories
• Camping Equipment:
 • Tents - free standing custom expedition dome tents - 2 per tent
 • ‘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 transportation from Points North to Forsyth Lake (40 km) on the Hawkrock River
 • Return charter flight to and from the Fond du Lac River from Points North Saskatchewan
 • Transportation of guides, group gear, canoe etc to and from trip

What is not Included in the Trip Price

• Saskatchewan tax: 11% of the trip fee
• Personal clothing and gear - a recommended clothing & equipment list will be provided
• Travel between your home and the trip rendezvous - Points North, Saskatchewan
• Accommodation in Points North, SK (approx $150 per person based on double occupancy)
• Any meals in Points North before or 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. wind, waves, 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 $12-$15 per day per guide

Even though the Hawkrock region is cooler than most of northern Saskatchewan and we are getting there towards the end of summer. A good rain suit is recommended. Expect temperatures to range from 5 C to 25C, but averaging from 15 - 20 C. Water temperatures in end of August tend to be around 17 C. Bring along some warm clothing for cool evenings.

Frequently Asked Questions

YES, we highly recommend you to purchase 1) Emergency Medical/Evacuation Insurance, 2) Trip Interruption Insurance and 3) Trip Cancellation Insurance. Many credit card companies offer limited interruption/cancellation insurance, so please consult with yours before you book your trip to ensure you are adequately covered. Please also note that some types of insurance are only valid if they are purchased within a short time of making a non-refundable payment towards a trip. More information about these can be obtained through your preferred insurance provider. Prior to confirming your trip’s departure, we will ask you to sign a waiver stating you have either purchased adequate insurance or that you will be personally responsible and financially liable for any costs incurred as the result of any delays/cancellations/evacuations to you on your trip.