The Upper Berens consists of long channels broken by powerful falls, rapids of which a few are runnable, and beautiful sparkling lakes. Unmaintained portages are old, mostly short and seldom trodden by man, as they should be on a truly wild river.
Eventually the Upper Berens ends tangibly at Berens Lake. It is here the river changes character and becomes a pool and drop system of picturesque rock rimmed lakes interspersed with a few channels of whitewater, which is typical of rivers flowing into the eastern shores of Lake Winnipeg. Downstream of Berens Lake is the village of Pikangikum, one of several First Nations communities along the way. These also include Poplar Hill, Little Grand Rapids and Berens River. At Family Lake the river divides into two parts the southern portion becomes know as the Pigeon River, the northern portion remains known as the Berens River. From its headwaters to its mouth, trading posts to pictographs the Berens River is a wonder to explore and experience.