The Natla-Keele is one of the most spectacular, yet unknown, rivers in the Northwest Territories. The trip begins with an awe-inspiring flight through the mountains to O’Grady Lake – a blue jewel near the Yukon border and the headwaters of the Natla River (the southern-most branch of the Keele River). The river drops over 600 metres (2000’) in 200 km of swifts and rapids – similar to the famous Rock Gardens on the Nahanni. This section of the trip is for the avid canoeist who has solid whitewater skills. After joining the Keele River, the route flows another 300 km through beautiful mountain ranges to the Mackenzie River. The river valley is home to caribou, grizzly bears, Dall sheep, and wolves. The Keele is a fun stretch with lots of runnable rapids which are suitable for paddlers of all skill levels.

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Dates Trip Fee Availability
Wed. June 26 - Sun. July 14, 2024 $9,950 CAD Trip Full
Wed. June 25 - Sun. July 13, 2025 $10,495 CAD until Oct 31* Book Now

Natla River NWT with Black Feather

What's included



  • 6:1 ratio


  • 17 nights camping
  • 1 night in Norman Wells


  • all meals & snacks from Day 1 lunch to Day 18 lunch

Canoeing Equipment

  • ABS expedition canoes with spray decks and knee pads
  • paddles, PFDs, throw bags, paddling suits & 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 O’Grady Lake – Day 1
  • shuttle of group and gear from the mouth of the Keele River to Norman Wells
  • transportation of guides, group gear, food, etc. to Norman Wells
  • ground transfer between Norman Wells Airport and Black Feather Base / float plane docks on Day 1, and from the hotel to the airport on Day 19