Hap Wilson's Temagami Canoe Routes

Temagami-Lake Wanapitei Loop

Cross Lake - Red Cedar Lake

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Begin this route at Temagami, or from the central Lake Temagami access point. Paddle south along the east shore of High Rock Island into Portage Bay. Portage (50 yards) into the south arm and paddle down through Outlet Bay into Cross Lake. Cross Lake is a beautiful lake, similar in appearance to Lake Temagami, with excellent campsites. 

Cross Lake Dam: On the east bank above the dam is a clearing. Here the portage follows a road to the right, then down sharply along a trail to the top of the rapids for a total of 260 yards. These rapids are easily run, keeping center OR by-passed by taking the trail a further 240 yards. Total length is 450 yards.

Temagami River: Proceed south past a low bridge. The next set of rapids requires quick maneuvering. Portage (605 yards) along the east bank. The river then narrows through a channel into a set of difficult rapids. Portage (180 yards) along the east bank. The next portage (560 yards), located on the east bank, by-passes two sets of rapids.

Note: The first set is easily run, keep left around a bend and DO NOT PROCEED. Pull over to the left bank and take the portage (270 yards) around a dangerous chute and shallow rapids. There are two more sets of small rapids which can be easily run before entering Red Cedar Lake.

Note: Temagami River water flow is dam controlled.

Rapid difficulty may vary.

Reprinted with author's permission.


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Illustration: Hap Wilson

Red Cedar Lake: Keeping to the southwest extremity of this flooded lake, continue to the dam. Portage (175 yards) along the east side to Thistle (Island) Lake. There are a few established campsites on Thistle Lake, but camping is possible at the end of the portage.

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