Gladys River: Gladys Lake to Teslin Lake (5 days / 75 km)

Gladys River Trip Report - First Canyon at beginning of River

The Gladys River is a beautiful river that follows the Yukon border in northern British Columbia between Atlin and Teslin Lake. This 75 km trip takes you through a variety of landscapes, with crystal clear water, fun rapids, and incredible fishing.

I have now paddled this route twice (2018 and 2022) and had an amazing time on both occasions. That said, this report will focus on the second trip as we experienced extreme flooding in this region in 2021 and 2022 which altered certain sections of the river. For our 2022 trip, we were 3 canoeists with 4 dogs paddling a Scott Prospecteur 16 (solo) and an Esquif Miramichi 18. I was surprised on how much the river had changed and how much bigger the rapids were with higher water then the previous time, but the trip went super well.

Trip Completed: End July 2022

Trip Summary

Starting Point: Gladys Lake

Ending Point: Teslin Lake

Duration: 5 days

Difficulty: Advanced

Location: Northern British Columbia, Atlin Region.

Traditional Territory: This route takes place on the traditional territory of Taku River and Teslin Tlingit.

Maps & Resources

Guidebook: We did not find any guidebooks for this river

Map: I use the Canada Topo app for all my river trips, which is a free app (on iPhones) that uses the original topo maps of Canada. You download the maps of your route before departing, and you can use them on your phone (or iPad) while out on your trip just like you would use a regular GPS.

Permits & Reservations

Campsite Reservations: No reservations 

Permits: No permits required

Know Before You Go

Season: This route is preferable to paddle from July to mid-August. This river would be challenging at high water, and I have heard from other groups that in late August it can be painfully low.

Cell Reception: There is no cell reception.

Water: The water is clear for most of the trip. You should filter your water.

Wildlife: I would not consider an...

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