Hap Wilson's Temagami Canoe Routes

Temagami-Lake Wanapitei Loop

Manitou - Gull Lakes

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Wawiashkashi  (Grassy) Lake: The portage [into Manitou] begins at the lodge just above the river. From the beach, follow the road and cross over the bridge at Hwy 805. Turn left at the cabin, then down a trail to Brightwater Lake. Total length is 1,250 yards. In the narrows before Brightwater, you may have to lift over a shallow section. At the north channel into Manitou Lake are a series of shallows that will have to be tracked. 

Manitou (Devil's) Lake: was so named for the naturally carved face on a cliff located about a third of the way up the lake on the east side (across from the government campsite). The portage from Manitou is located one mile south of the north end of the lake, on the east shore by a small creek. The trail (126 yards) crosses the creek three times to a small pond. At the east end of this pond is a bush road. Follow this (680 yards), keeping left to a campsite on Turtleshell Lake.

Turtleshell Lake: Proceed to the northeast end to the next portage (located directly across from some old log buildings). At one point you will come to a bush road. Turn north and walk uphill (15 yards) along the road catching the trail on the other side to Gull Lake. Total length: 535 yards.

Note: SEE ROUTE 4 (page 57 of the book) for the description from Gull Lake back to Lake Temagami via Skunk Lake.

The devil's face on Manitou Lake. 



Illustration: Hap Wilson





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