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I'm working on the Kunwak-Kazan River trip and trip journal. We paddled the big lakes and caught a lot of fish. That was a good trip..

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The Caribou River, 1994.

This was our first trip. We were very green and not prepared
for what we encountered on that trip, but we just kept at the job of getting down the river to get to our ride out. That was the object after all, get to the meeting place and get an airplane ride out.
The Horton River, 1996.

This was our second trip and we were much better prepared for the river, which made the trip easier and more enjoyable. This may be one of the prettiest rivers in the North. We started at Horton Lake and got picked up at Franklin Bay, Beaufort Sea, Arctic Ocean. We paddled that river from the beginning to the end, 400 plus miles.
The Nowleye and the Kamalukuak Rivers, 1999

Our third trip took us back to the Barren Lands, the area north of the tree line and west of Hudson Bay. We paddled down the small Nowleye River which is in the Kazan drainage and then crossed the height of land at the isthmus that separated the Kazan from the Dubawnt drainage and paddled the Kamalukuak River to Dubawnt Lake. There were many artifacts and old camps along both rivers. The area, including Dubawnt Lake had been frequently visited by the Inuit.
The Thelon River, 2002

The Thelon River has a rich history of discovery, adventure and starvation. Paul and I had been reading about the people that had traveled the river in the past and we were anxious to see what they had seen. In the summer of 2002 Bob dropped us off near the headwaters of the Thelon and we paddled to big Beverly Lake. The thumbnail is the Thelon Canyon. That was a long hard walk, but fun. No trouble finding a camping place. We didn't see a soul.
The Kunwak and Kazan Rivers, 2006

We were going back to the Barren Lands and paddle four big lakes. We had not traveled on the big lakes and we wanted to see what that was like. It was scary, that's what it was like. Those big lakes are unpredictable and can go from flat to black and foamy in a very short time. We had our moments but were very cautious and made the big crossings. Both rivers had been the home of the Inuit for centuries and the signs of their presence was everywhere. The trip was very challenging and very interesting. We scratched our way down the river, got to our ride home and had a lot of fun.








  2009 Jim Rutzick