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Gataga River Rafting, BC Gataga River Trips, BC River Rafting, Gataga River Fort Nelson, Whitewater Rafting Tours British Columbia,
Muncho Lake Gataga River, Camping Trips BC, BC Adventure Trips, Northern British Columbia Guided Outdoor Rafting Adventure Trips
10 Day Gataga River Rafting Tour
RBC#02 Gataga River Rafting
Overview: This trip floats past big peaks, Rocky Mountain geology and plentiful game population including moose, caribou, elk, bighorn sheep and wolves. This trip is a fly-in and out trip to maximize time on the river with three days hiking and fishing in the alpine before helicoptering to the river for the rafting portion of the trip. Fly to Fort Nelson in Northern BC. We will meet the morning flight in Fort Nelson on the day before the expedition and drive you from Fort Nelson to Muncho Lake. This is about a three hour drive. We will overnight at the Northern Rockies Lodge (the cost of the lodging is not included in the trip price) on the night before the expedition starts so that we can get an early start on the first morning flying into the alpine. The trip is located in the northeast of British Columbia to the west of Fort Nelson. The Gataga River is located approximately due south of Muncho Lake Provincial Park on the Alaska Highway. The Gataga flows at an oblique angle northwest out of the glacial peaks of the Rocky Mountains. It joins the Kechika, which flows northward up the Rocky Mountain Trench with the northern Rockies to the east and the Cassiar Mountains to the west. The waters of the Kechika, like most of the northern Rocky Mountains, meet the Liard River and make their way into the Mackenzie. After more than a thousand kilometers these waters eventually flow into the Arctic Ocean near Inuvik.
Day
Itinerary
01
Fly to Fort Nelson in Northern BC. We will meet the morning flight in Fort Nelson on the day before the expedition and drive you from Fort Nelson to Muncho Lake. This is about a three hour drive. We will overnight at the Northern Rockies Lodge (the cost of the lodging is not included in the trip price) on the night before the expedition starts so that we can get an early start on the first morning flying into the alpine.
02
At first light we start shuttling people into Ram Lakes by air. Those who are on later shuttles will have some time to relax around Muncho Lake. Regardless of which flight you are on it's a spectacular trip into the Northern Rockies, soaring past mammoth limestone peaks and peering into jewel like lakes, where moose feed and beaver paddle. Keener hikers can go on the first flights in order to get in more hiking on this first day
03
04
Day hikes, fish and relax in the alpine on the divide between the Toad and Gataga River drainage.
05
We will helicopter down to the banks of the river near Mayfield Lakes. We take a walk to the beautiful lakes to watch for moose and other wildlife before starting down the river. It's about one kilometer from the river to the lakes.
06
This will be a peaceful rafting day in a pristine mountain setting with stops to explore. Beaver and otter splash in the river. Mature stands of spruce grow along the river and the open forest floor is carpeted with flowering and fruiting plants, mosses and lichens. There are numerous lakes and ponds worth exploring both with binoculars and a fishing rod. The many sandbars along the river tell tales of the forest dwellers. This is a land where wolves thrive on the rich wildlife. In the fall of '95 we were lucky enough to not only hear wolves, but to actually watch them howling
07
08
We'll pass "Logjam Island Rapid" and make camp in a good spot to layover for a hike onto the flanks of Split Top. Now the Rockies rise up right out of the river. Split Top Mountain is a dramatic layered limestone monolith, as impressive as any of the better known Rockies in Banff and Lake Louise. Mountain goats and bighorn sheep are visible on the slopes.
09
This will be a short traveling day as we float past the base of Brownie and Gataga Mountains. We'll try and leave the afternoon free for another walk.
10
Back on the rafts we see the vegetation start to open up as we see more aspens and open meadows. Now we are starting to get into elk country. We'll probably camp right at the confluence of the Gataga and Kechika Rivers with the Rocky Mountains to our right and the Cassiar Mountains across the valley to our left.
11
From the Gataga-Kechika confluence, we will make our way down the Kechika River and Rocky Mountain Trench to Gary Moore's Terminus Mountain Ranch. Gary has an airstrip at his ranch which we will use to fly out from back to Fort Nelson. As the Canadian Airlines International flights south from Fort Nelson tend to be in the morning, it will be our goal to get you back to the hotel in Fort Nelson on the evening of Day 10.
Rates per Person in CAD$
Month Departure Dates Rates
August
On Request $4750.00
Services Included
Transportation from/to Fort Nelson
Helicopter Flights
Professional Guide Service
GST Tax
PST Tax
All Rafting Equipment
All Meals
Drybags
Paddling Jacket & Equipment
Safety Equipment
Park user fees