We are located in North West Saskatchewan, Canada, south of Lake Athabasca, east of the Semchuck trail. The nearest town is La Loche, Saskatchewan (70 air miles) and the nearest major city is Fort McMurray Alberta (114 air miles). In the winter a 55 kilometer cutline can be opened with the permits originating from kilometer 165 on the Semchuck trail. This trail requires 5 sets of bridges to cross rivers and creeks. Google Earth co ordinates 57 34 18 N 108 34 26 W for the airstrip. The Lodge is one mile east of the strip.
The Athabasca Sand Basin is at our doorstep. Substantial exploration has been carried out in the area. The terrain is boreal forest with some areas of old growth and some areas in different stages of regrowth from fires. The ground is 100 percent silicone sand with moss and blueberry plants growing abundantly. Trees are jack pine. There is almost no green leaf trees other then along waterways.
Year round access is by air only. It is a 35 minute flight from La Loche and about 50 minutes from Fort McMurray depending on aircraft. We maintain a PRIVATE airstrip, helipad and float dock. Prior permission is required before use for safety reasons.Landing limitations will be discussed as well as strip condition. We generally monitor 123.2 and 126.7 on our base station. We have had Cessna 180’s, 185’s, 206’s, Caravans, Beavers,single Otters, twin Otters on the strips. Float equipped aircraft can beach on the sand or pull up to our floating dock. We have had a twin Otter up to dock. The helipad is about 300 yards to the north of the lodge. It is constructed of 3 x 16 inch ruff cut lumber, lag bolted together enclosed by rock beds to lessen sand drifting. There is a secondary confinement tub next to it for fuels. Power can be supplied by Honda genset.
In the winter a 55 kilometer cut-line provide access by snow machine or the trail can be opened with permits originating from kilometer 165 on the Semchuck trail then going east on the north side of Patterson Lake following the “Cree Lake Trail” turning off then going south to the Lodge. This trail requires 5 sets of bridges to cross rivers and creeks. Snow plowing is required as well as extensive maintenance to keep it open.
Google Earth co ordinates 57 34 18 N 108 34 26 W will show some of the trails and roads we have in the area including the trail out to the Semchuck Trail going north from strip, the trail into lodge going south east, short trail to core storage area to east as well as a west trail to the Clearwater River, Dell Lake and Dycke Lake.
Air charter available out of Fort McMurray for wheel or float equipped aircraft From McMurray Aviation. There are several helicopter companies as well when rotary aircraft required.