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Nation Lakes Canoe Route

by  SueMcK

A self-supported trip created by SueMcK

Trip Overview

Remote northern multi-day paddle trip in northern BC, Canada that takes you through 4 lakes (Tsayta Lake, Indata Lake, Tchentlo Lake, and Chuchi Lake) with short sections of the Nation River (class 1) between each lake. Total distance from put-in on Tsayta Lake to the take out at the end of Chuchi Lake is 112 km. On our trip we did not see anyone until day 6, and then it was only one small group of two canoes. We had many wildlife sightings including moose and black bear. You must be prepared to paddle remote wilderness on this trip.

Safety Notes

Be prepared for wind. About 2 hours after leaving our camp on Tchentko Lake, a wind storm came up that created 3 to 4 foot breaking waves. We sat on a rock beach for 8 hours until the sun started to go down enough for us to continue paddling to the next available camp. On the Nation River watch for sweepers and strainers.

Gear Notes

Get a fishing license and take your fishing gear. We caught fish every day. We also found wild onions to add to our fish.


Depending on when you go, be prepared for bugs.

Portage Notes

Both portages were around log jams on the first section of the Nation River. They were both very short. A third log jam we just barely managed to paddle through. If you are not a competent paddler then you may want to portage around this third log jam. It is also on the first section of the Nation River.

Trip Details

  • Trip Dates: 8/8/2011-8/16/2011
  • Trip Duration: Extended Trip
  • Sport/Activity: Canoeing
  • Skill Level: Intermediate
  • Water Type: Flat/Sheltered Water, River/Creek (Up to Class II)
  • Number of Portages: 2

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