- Start: O'Grady Lake
- Finish: Tulita
- Length: 21 Days
- Elevation Loss: 1190 m (3904 ft)
- River Class: 2-3
- Craft: Canoe
- Skill Level: Intermediate/Advanced
Flowing from high in the Mackenzie Mountains, the Natla/Keele is a major tributary for the Mackenzie River. With pristine alpine geography and rugged canyons this river is thought by many to rival the Nahanni, with a fraction of the traffic.
Dropping over 1000m the Natla/Keele provides an almost continuous roller coaster rideÂ as it winds its way through the majestic Backbone Ranges with unparalleled scenery! The flora and fauna of this watershed will leave a lasting impression on your souls. We can look forward to sightings of Dall's sheep, moose, caribou, wolves, grizzly and black bears, raptors and a variety of songbirds. Black and white spruce, aspen and white birch cover the valleys which thin to open alpine slopes and ridges. Off-river explorations provide dramatic vistas of the neighboring ranges and the river valley below. These rivers flow through the traditional lands of the Mountain Dene people. Following European contact, generations of Dene families made seasonal trips on these rivers by moose skin boats delivering their furs between the high country and trading posts on the Mackenzie River.
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