Hap Wilson's Temagami Canoe Routes

Florence Lake-Yorston River Loop

Bluesucker Lake - Florence Lake - Duff Lake - South Lady Evelyn River

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Bluesucker Lake: As you enter the lake, you will notice a large campsite on the north point. *Note: (Route No. 22 leaves Bluesucker Lake at the west shore.) Paddle across Bluesucker and enter the creek mouth in the north bay. To the left of the creek, you will find the next portage. This (950 yards) portage will take you to a wide section of the creek. *Note: (A trail crosses over the creek halfway along. Footing may be difficult over the exposed boulders after a rain.)

Paddle upstream a short distance and portage (210 yards) on the east side of a small falls. There are camping possibilities here if the day is getting late. Upstream past the falls, you may have to liftover some rocks.

Shortly past the liftover, on the east side of the creek, is the (1600 yard) portage to Florence Lake. The first section of the trail is reasonably easy until you hit a 200-yard strip of spruce bog. In the early season, this section may be extremely wet; making footing very tedious. The remainder of the trail to Florence is rocky with some steep sections. You are now in the Lady Evelyn-Smoothwater Park. 

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Florence Lake: The beautiful hills and clear water make this lake popular with canoeists. Paddle north on Florence. Keep to the west channel where you have to lift over, or portage (30 yards) over a sand spit by a cabin.

South Lady Evelyn River - Moose Country

Enter the Florence River and watch out for rocks before coming out to the South Lady Evelyn River. Here you overlap route No. 19. Speckled trout fishing is good below the first rapids up the Lady Evelyn, about one mile from the Florence River. Florence River is a common osprey nesting location and a good area for browsing moose.

Duff Lake: Continue on through Duff Lake where there are good campsites on the west shore. The scenery along this stretch is very rugged and the paddling is good up to the river narrows. Here there is a long stretch of shallow rapids. This is an easy run when the water is high, but in the summer you have to either track down or wade with the canoe (350 yards) to the end. As mentioned in route No. 19, paddling this section of the South Lady Evelyn is good during high water conditions. The meandering stretch, however, becomes shallow but passable in the summer.

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