Camsell Portage is a beautiful northern settlement that remains Saskatchewan’s most northern and isolated community. An airstrip provides year-round access by plane. In winter, residents can travel by snowmobile to Uranium City, 36 kilometers east. There’s also a summer road connecting Camsell Portage to the community of Waterloo Lake, 14 kilometers to the west.
During peak activities near Uranium City, Camsell Portage had a population of more than 300 people. Today, between eight and 15 residents remain in the community year-round.
Camsell Portage was settled by trappers who arrived during the 1900’s from Lac La Biche, the Northwest Territories and Fort Fitzgerald, Alberta who used it as a historical portage route to the north.
It is a unique Dene community located on the north central shore of Lake Athabasca where residents continue a traditional life, living off the land by way of fish, game and fur. Camsell Portage maintains an air strip, a northern settlement office, a church and a school that is now used as a health centre and community hall. Despite its remoteness, satellite TV and high speed internet services are offered in the community.