South Gataga Lake
The South Gataga Lakes are only accessible by floatplane. A stay in our remote log cabin allows you to savor the tranquility of this untouched mountain valley in the Canadian Rocky Mountains and to experience a wonderful nature vacation.
Our South Gataga outpost cabin is located in the heart of the Muskwa Kechika Wilderness Area in the Duna Za Keyih Provincial Park, some 80 air miles southeast of Muncho Lake. The pristine South Gataga Valley is surrounded by snow-capped mountain peaks of the northern Rocky Mountains. The South Gataga River (Gataga means white water in the native Kaska/Dene language) originates from a chain of four mountain lakes. Our cabin is located on the largest of the four, at five miles long. A natural mineral lick on the second lake attracts moose and caribou and can easily be reached by boat or canoe through a short connecting stream. Beavers, otters, wolves and a myriad of birds make the South Gataga Valley their home.
Outpost cabin equipment
Foam mattresses, cutlery, basic kitchen utensils with a 2 burner
propane stove and a propane lantern are in the cabin for your daily life in the wilderness. A solar shower bag and an out-house complete the amenities for the simple, but functionally equipped South Gataga Lakes cabin.
Boats and motors as well as a canoe are part of the cabins equipment and can be used by our guests
to fish and explore the South Gataga Lakes.
|South Gataga outpost cabin rental:
|Party of 2 pers.
|Party of 3 pers.
|Party of 4 pers.
|Party of 5 pers.
|Party of 6 pers.
|Boats, motors and canoes
|Kitchen utensils, camping, stove
|Overnight at Lodge
Long term South Gataga Lakes outpost cabin rental for up to six persons:
2 weeks $3000/group
3 weeks $3500/group
4 weeks $4000/group
When to visit
The South Gataga outpost cabin is open from late May until October 5th.
Late May to late June Nature is awakening, the leaves are sprouting, lake trout fishing is at its peak,
enjoy almost 24 hours of daylight. Arctic Grayling are a joy to catch the whole season and
spawn at the beginning of June in the shallow bays.
July until mid August It is summer in the Muskwa Kechika and the South Gataga Valley. Cow moose and their offspring are frequently observed along the shores and at the mineral lick. Fly-fishing for lake trout (up to 7 lbs.) in
the shallow bay in the southwest end of the lake is very productive. While the lake trout descend into deeper waters after mid July, they are frequently caught with heavier lures or with jigs. Great pike and grayling fishing. Daytime highs are in the 25 °C (75 °F) range.
Mid Aug. thru early Oct Enjoy fall time. The colors are the most beautiful early through mid September.
Fishing is great for northern pike and arctic grayling. Lake trout come up into the shallows to spawn in late
September. Northern pike are found all over the lake. Some monsters of over 30 lbs
have been caught. Frequently magical displays of Northern Lights are visible from the cabin during the colorful fall.
Bush-pilot Urs’ favorite lure is the 5 of Diamond or Mepps Spinner for both lake trout and northern pike. For arctic grayling try a fly or #2 Mepps Spinner.
Flight to South Gataga Lake
The 45 min. floatplane flight leaving the Northern Rockies Lodge takes you from Muncho Lake over Moose Lake,
the headwaters of the Toad River along the snow and ice capped peaks of the northern Rocky Mountains, the Battle of
Britain range over the Mayfield Lakes into the picturesque South Gataga Valley. This amazing flight from Muncho Lake
brings you right into the heart of the Muskwa Kechika Wilderness Area.
Return air fares with floatplanes from Muncho Lake to our South Gataga Lakes outpost cabin:
Party of 2 - 5 pers. $990/pers.
Party of 6 pers. $900/pers.
Above prices are based on average weight of 250 lbs. per person incl. food and equipment.
Tip: Rent a car in Edmonton, Whitehorse, Calgary or Vancouver or take the Greyhound Bus to save on your
travel to Muncho Lake! For great touring suggestions please click here.
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