The Natla River 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. Those who wish to paddle further down the Keele are welcome to do so (see our Natla-Keele trip), or you can fly from the confluence to Norman Wells to end this trip.

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Dates Trip Fee Availability
Wed. June 26 - Thurs. July 4, 2024 $8,795 CAD Trip Full
Wed. June 25 - Thurs. July 3, 2025 $9,195 CAD until Oct 31* Book Now

Natla River NWT with Black Feather

What's included



  • 6:1 ratio


  • 7 nights camping
  • 1 night in Norman Wells


  • all meals & snacks from Day 1 lunch to Day 8 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
  • charter float plane flight from the confluence of the Natla and Keele Rivers back to Norman Wells -Day 8
  • 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 9