Hap Wilson's Temagami Canoe Routes

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Lake Temagami - Obabika Lake - Wawiagama Lake

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Lake Temagami: Begin from the town of Temagami or from the central Lake Temagami access point across from Temagami Island. Proceed to the west end of Obabika Inlet off the northwest arm of Lake Temagami. There are two routes to Obabika Lake from here. As shown on the map, one option is to take a (70 and 485 yard) portage. The more popular route starts from the extreme west end of the inlet and follows an old skid road (940 yards) downhill to Obabika Lake. There is a nice, but small, campsite located at the Obabika end. Along this carry you can see where the forest fire of May 1977 was held to the left side of the portage. 

Obabika Lake: Paddle southwest on Obabika, passing some rugged bluffs on the west shore. The Wawiagama Lake portage is located just to the right of a lodge, at the end of the west bay. This well-used trail is (1,000 yards) long.

Wawiagama Lake and River: The beautiful lake has excellent campsites on large, rocky points. Paddle to the southwest bay of Wawiagama Lake and enter the river through the weedy shallows (good pike fishing here). The river is more like a shallow creek. In the spring there is enough water to enable a canoe to pass over the many deadfalls, but in summer several liftovers will be necessary.

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