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McNeil River rafting and canoeing expeditions in the Yukon


Raft or canoe the McNeil River on this camping expedition into this remote region of the Yukon. The McNeil is a 'gem'! If you had to design an ideal Northern wilderness river trip, the McNeil would be it - moose ponds, quiet lakes, excellent fishing, great hiking, some exciting whitewater and varied scenery. Overall the river is 115 kilometres long. 

The McNeil starts at McNeil Lake in the St. Cyr Range, which is located about 30 miles north east of Quiet Lake.  In low water you can put in at Lower Moss Lake.  You begin your paddle in moose pond country, an area with plenty of wildlife, great fishing, a panoramic view of the mountains and ideal hiking.

At the end of the Moss Lake the river enters a busy 5 kilometre long Grade II canyon, with sharp corners and beautiful canyon walls.  Below the canyon the McNeil flows into the Nisutlin River, doubles in size and slows down to a gentle pace until you enter the Nisutlin Canyon.  There you are in for 5 kilometres of continuous Grade III whitewater.  This section is great fun - clear water, well defined chutes and wave trains, and big eddies where you can pull over to stop and enjoy the scenery. 

Below the Nisutlin Canyon the river is fast moving but without the busy action of the upper section.  The valley widens and you float through one of the highest moose populations in the Yukon. The McNeil is a fly in trip.  You are driven to Quiet Lake located on the South Canol Road and then use a float plane to get to the put-in.  The take out is located at the Nisutlin River Campground on the South Canol Road.  

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TRIP DETAILS
DESTINATION
EQUIPMENT/CLOTHING
ACCOMMODATIONS
MEALS & DINING
DATES & PRICING
ITINERARY
TRIP TYPE
Expedition Raft Trips
SEASON

July to August

DIFFICULTY
Moderate
MAXIMUM GROUP SIZE
12
GUIDE INFORMATION

The guides are all anxious to show you the best possible time on your holiday. In addition to working hard to ensure your trip is memorable, our guides are trained in wilderness first aid and the latest river rescue techniques.  These experienced and highly qualified paddlers have grown up on Yukon rivers. 

 

RESTRICTIONS

No rafting experience needed but good physical condition and some camping experience would be an asset.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Requirements: Sleeping bag, sleeping pad, tent, water bottle, daypack, matches, insect repellent.

TRANSPORTATION

Trips originate and end in Whitehorse, Yukon.

WEATHER

Average summer temperatures range between 10 and 20 degrees Celsius.  Weather can be unpredictable and high winds and low cloud cover can occur, reducing the travel speed on the river.

REGION
Southern Yukon
PROVIDED EQUIPMENT

Self-bailing rafts or inflatable canoes and equipment, camping and cooking equipment, dry bags.

SUGGESTED CLOTHING

Waterproof rain gear, long pants, sweater, warm jacket, windshell, shorts, long underwear, warm socks, hat, bathing suit, sneakers, hiking boots, neoprene booties.

SUGGESTED ITEMS

Camera, sunglasses, sunscreen, binoculars.

ACCOMMODATIONS

Accommodations are in tent campsites along the river.

MEALS & DINING

MEALS & DINING

All meals included while on the river and prepared by your guide.

6 day tour, available July - August
$2950.00 / per person - CAD
Aug 4-9, Aug 14-19, 2018. Custom dates available for groups of 4 or more.
PAYMENT INFORMATION
Pricing does not include: 5.00% GST.

A 50% deposit is required to hold your reservation.

Balance of payment is due 60 days before trip commencement.
CANCELLATION POLICY & DETAILS
Multi day trips: Due to large travel distances, guide wages and food expenses we are compelled to implement a cancellation policy. Deposits are fully refundable if reservations are cancelled verbally or in writing up to 30 days before your activity date. Between 3 weeks payments will be refunded at 50 %. No refunds or alternate dates will be given for any reason if cancelled within 2 weeks of your activity. Day tours: Due to large travel distances, guide wages and food expenses we are compelled to implement a cancellation policy. Deposits are fully refundable if reservations are cancelled verbally or in writing up to 48 hours before your activity date. Between 48 and 24 hours payments will be refunded at 50 %. No refunds or alternate dates will be given for any reason if cancelled within 24 hours of your activity.
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