Pı̨́ı̨́p’enéh łéetǫ́ǫ́ Deé (The Broken Skull River) is located in one of Canada’s newest national parks: Nááts’ihch’oh. The river is a little-known tributary of the fabled Tehjeh Deé (the South Nahanni River). Starting high in the Mackenzie Mountains, the river boasts excellent Class I and II whitewater, pristine hot-springs, great hiking, and true untravelled wilderness.

Beginning in Norman Wells, NWT, we will fly to Ǫtaa Tué Fehto (Divide Lake) and spend the next week paddling 150km of excellent Class I-III whitewater. The end of the trip will see us cross from Nááts’įhch’oh National Park into Nahanni National Park’s Gahnįhthah Mįe (Rabbitkettle Lake), where we will meet our charter flight to Fort Simpson, NWT.

Paddlers will appreciate Pı̨́ı̨́p’enéh łéetǫ́ǫ́ Deé (the Broken Skull River) for its remoteness, scenic beauty, and the fact that it is so very rarely paddled.

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Dates, Rates & Availability

Prices listed are per person. All dates listed are tentative until confirmed by the Black Feather Office. Click here for our booking, payment and cancellation policies. Please contact us to be put onto a waiting list if your desired trip is full.

Dates Trip Fee Availability
Wed. June 28 - Sat. July 8, 2023 $8,395 CAD until Oct 31* Book Now
Wed. July 5 - Sat. July 15, 2023 $8,395 CAD until Oct 31* Book Now
Wed. July 26 - Sat. Aug 5, 2023 $8,395 CAD until Oct 31* Book Now

Paddling the Broken Skull River, NWT with Black Feather

What's included



  • 6:1 ratio


  • 9 nights camping
  • 1 night in Fort Simpson


  • all meals & snacks from Day 1 lunch to Day 10 lunch

Canoeing Equipment

  • 17’ ABS expedition canoes with spray decks and knee pads
  • paddles, PFDs, throw bags, paddling helmets

Camping Equipment

  • tents – free standing expedition dome tents – 2 per tent
  • ‘kitchen’ – tarp, fire box, cooking stoves, utensils, dishes, etc
  • containers for food and group equipment

Safety Equipment

  • first aid, safety, river rescue, and repair kits
  • communications equipment (satellite phone)


  • charter float plane flight from Norman Wells to Divide Lake – Day 1
  • charter float plane flight from Rabbitkettle back to Fort Simpson – Day 10
  • transportation of guides, group gear, food, etc. to Norman Wells
  • ground transfers between Airport and Black Feather Base / float plane docks