This river really is in the middle of nowhere, but amazingly has a train line that can drop you and your boats at the top! This saves a bunch of money compared to flying in. The river has a few days of easy moving water before the first gorge and a portage around Entrance falls.
From then on the whitewater is stunning and plentiful. There is a distinctive rock (Cheeseball rock) that has been used as an informal indication of levels.
Camping is good, and plentiful everywhere apart from the gorges.
There are detailed maps in the FQCK Magpie Guide, that also describes the Magpie as well.
To get to the take out; Continue down the Magpie
To get to the put in; Trains are operated by Tshiuetin Rail, and Eric is at km 137.5. Trains run twice a week. Lac Vital is reached by float plane, either from Sept-Iles or Havre-Saint-Pierre (Labrador Air Safari, 418-538-3866 or 418-962-4639). Flights from Havre-Saint-Pierre are cheaper. The flight in a Beaver (4-5 people and gear) was $1860, and an Otter (5-6 people and gear) was $2750 in 2016. There is a short section of river leading to the Magpie Ouest from Lac Vital.