The town is accessible only by winter road, boat, or airplane. Recently a project has been announced to construct a dual-lane highway from Bloodvein, connecting Berens River to the continental road system.
The First Nation and fur trade community there was officially started in the 19th century, but the spot was a traditional hunting and fishing area for thousands of years. The two communities create a population centre also called Berens River. Both are served by the Berens River Airport.
In the 2011 Census, the Berens River designated place had a population of 7002111000000000000111 living in 700128000000000000028 of its 700131000000000000031 total private dwellings. According to the 2011 Canada Census, the bordering Berens River First Nation had a population of 1,028.