Hap Wilson's Temagami Canoe Routes

Temagami-Lake Wanapitei Loop

Sturgeon River - Maskinonge Lake

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Sturgeon River: (Up or Downstream)

The rapids past Glen Afton (1/3 mile past the bridge) can be portaged (880 yards) around on the left side. Starting from the campsite at the creek mouth, follow the road to the top of the rapids. These rapids are long, continuous, and very rocky, but can be run very carefully throughout the season.

Just past the "elbow" where the river meanders east, it is recommended that the road on the left be taken (425 yards). This eliminates a long hard track upstream. Going downstream, these rapids can be run (about 650 yards). There is a good campsite at the junction of the Sturgeon and Chiniguchi Rivers.

Chiniguchi River: (Up or Downstream)

There are three sets of very shallow rapids to be tracked up (or down) as shown on the route map. Just north of the log bridge is a small island and rocky rapids. Track the canoe on the left or take the portage (100 yards) across a clearing. Proceed about two miles to the base of the next rapids and beach on the right bank. A rough trail will take you to a road. Turn left and follow the road to an open campsite above the rapids for a total of 340 yards. These rapids cannot be run.

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Reprinted with author's permission.

Murray Lake: There is a short liftover before entering the north end of the lake and another just before an old log dam that has been removed. Just past the grassy narrows is a good sandy beach campsite. At the southwest end of the lake, you must portage (150 yards) around the dam by a lodge to Washagami Lake. Watch for osprey here.

Washagami Lake: Paddle to the north end and portage (65 yards) around the dam on the north side into Maskinonge Lake.

Maskinonge Lake: Canoeists traveling to Wanapitei Lake can proceed north to Rice Lake and so on; however, they have the option to return to Lake Temagami by way of two routes leaving Maskinonge along the east shore.

 

PART II: RETURN TO LAKE TEMAGAMI

Note: There is a choice of two routes from Maskinonge Lake to the Sturgeon River.

Route A: Portage two miles from the most easterly bay in the north-central section of Maskinonge, beginning at an old mine site. This well-used trail runs to the site of Kelly's farm (abandoned) at the Sturgeon River. There is a good campsite at the end.

Route B: Portage 710 yards from an east bay in the south-central section of Maskinonge, over a rocky trail to Gawasi Lake.

Gawasi Lake: Paddle to the northeast section of the lake and portage (825 yards) to Gamagowong Lake. Note: The trail is bisected by Gagnon Lake, necessitating a short paddle.

Gamagowong Lake: Paddle to the northern extremity and portage (875 yards) to Ozhway Lake.

Ozhway Lake: The south end is quite boggy in low water. Proceed to the north end and portage (416 yards), starting just left of the creek outlet. The trail passes through Kelly's farm and down to the Sturgeon River. Note: Check for rhubarb near the old shack in early June and raspberries in August.

Sturgeon River: About three miles down the Sturgeon, you will see the Manitou River on the east bank. Portage (620 yards), beginning just inside the river mouth, following a good trail to a campsite on Wawiashkashi (Grassy) Lake.

Wawiashkashi (Grassy) Lake: Paddle north through the grassy narrows and proceed to the north section of the lake.

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