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PostPosted: June 10th, 2018, 2:37 pm 
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In the planning stage is a trip that includes a stretch on the northwest corner of Lake Nipigon - from the mouth of the Pikitgushi down to Undercliff Island and then back up to Wabinosh Bay and Highway 527.

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From the few comments I have found online about camping on Lake Nipigon, it doesn't sound like all that hospitable a place!

One excellent trip report by Hannah Fanney & Rodney Claiborne from last fall did mention four sites in the NW area, including established ones on Kelvin and Geikie Islands and beach sites in the Britannia Islands group below Meeting Point and on Inner Barn Island in Wabinosh Bay.

https://www.paddlinglight.com/routes/la ... ip-report/

What I am looking for is any additional info on decent campsites that myccr canoe trippers or boaters may have used in the recent past. It would be nice to have a few more “certified” sites at our disposal as we hop from one island to the next on the sunny windless days we are hoping to luck into.

Thanks in advance for any info.

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PostPosted: June 10th, 2018, 7:35 pm 
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I think Paul Mason did a trip coming into the north end of Nipigon a few years ago. You might message him on facebook.
https://www.facebook.com/paul.mason.3998263
From what I remember it was a pretty epic trip.
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PostPosted: June 11th, 2018, 11:14 am 
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I have a photo of the conservation reserve map. Has about 90 campsites across the lake listed. PM me and I'll send it in an e-mail. You can also purchase a hardcopy of the map from Chaltrek Work & Play Outdoors in Thunder Bay

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PostPosted: June 11th, 2018, 4:28 pm 
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Jeff, thanks for the Paul Mason connection. Now I just need to join Facebook !

Brad, your mention of the map available from Chaltrek had me googling my way to the Lake Nipigon Basin Signature Site Map. It may be the map you are thinking of.

Lake Nipigon Basin Signature Site Map

It is a 1000 x 647 pixel image of the northern section with enough detail that I was able to identify about a dozen campsites indicated on the map. Two campsites on Geikie Island, another couple on Kelvin, and two sites on the east side of Jackfish Island as well as one by Echo Rock on the mainland just across from Undercliff Island - a very nice selection of possible sites the wind and waves can push us to!

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PostPosted: June 11th, 2018, 6:38 pm 
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I'll be looking forward to a detailed trip report when you return from your trip. Given the lack of detailed information on paddling Lake Nipigon, one of your comprehensive trip reports will be a great resource for other paddlers.

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PostPosted: June 12th, 2018, 8:54 am 
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You can also contact Paul through his teaching site.
http://www.canoeinstruction.co/canoe_courses_home.html
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PostPosted: June 14th, 2018, 12:03 pm 
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I think we've got it covered! The Lake Nipigon Basin Signature Site Map provided a dozen established campsites that fit our probable route.

Thanks to those who sent emails and provided some input. Much appreciated.

Jeff, Paul tells me he has not been on Lake Nipigon!
Mike, stay tuned for one of true_north's "comprehensive trip reports"!

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PostPosted: June 14th, 2018, 12:41 pm 
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In the message above, the link to the map didn't work for me.

It did work when the final "/" was removed:

click https://albinger.files.wordpress.com/2018/06/lake-nipigon-n.pdf


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Brad, thanks! Problem fixed!

The other file also does not download - at least not correctly. For some reason the suffix .txt is added to the file name when you download it from Dropbox. This is what you get - 2018 Cliff_Nipigon copy.GPX.txt

Take the .txt ending off and it works!

You can open it in a GPS viewer like Garmin Basecamp or even import it into Google Earth.

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PostPosted: June 14th, 2018, 8:16 pm 
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Truenorth :oops: :oops:
I read an online report of someone a few years back of someone who took one of the diverted rivers into lake Nipigon.
It was quite the epic trip I thought it was Paul :oops:
Whoever it was I was very impressed with the whole aspect of the trip.
I hope if anyone else remembers that that they can find the link if it still exists.
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I think your thinking of one of the Lake Superior rivers that Paul Mason did.

On YouTube you can find videos of his group paddling the Dog, Puk, and Cascade.

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There was an epic link in this thread by myccr member melissa...http://www.myccr.com/phpbbforum/viewtop ... 07&t=41426

However, the link to her paddle around lake Nipigon is now dead. If my memory serves me, she had a very rough go of it, and wasn't a big fan of Nipigon. On her last day, she kayaked 86 k.


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There are a few more sites posted at https://www.paddlinglight.com/routes/la ... ip-report/

There are a couple screenshots of the summary map below, but the link posted in the paragraph above leads to more information regarding the actual trip.

I'm not sure if all of the sites posted in this link are in the other link that was previously posted, but someone might find the information in this post helpful in the future if they're doing trip research.


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Brad, an excellent trip report to highlight. It is the best thing I found while googling. I also provided a link to it in the original post that started this thread.

You ask - "I'm not sure if all of the sites posted in this link are in the other link that was previously posted" ...the answer is "no" since I was only asking about the NW corner of the lake and only focussed on NW campsites.

For sure if someone were contemplating an epic "round Lake Nipigon" trip they would definitely find the info helpful. The trip report specifically mentions the Lake Nipigon Basin Signature Site Map. I provided a link to the northern section above. Most of their campsites come from that map. They also added a few of their own - e.g. the one on Inner Barn Island and the one in the Britannia Islands group.

Their report mentions that they had 15 days of rain out of a total of 19; you'd have to expect better weather!

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We spent a few days island hopping down the NW corner of the lake in mid-September. To no surprise, there was nobody out there! Daytime temps were about 10ºC cooler than expected and it was a bit wet but at least the wind was not a big issue.

The campsites we made use of were decent even if not Georgian Bay quality! We found a spot for our four-man MEC Wanderer at the following locations -

    one of the Britannia Islands,
    on the west side of Geikie I.,
    at the south end of Kelvin I.,
    on the mainland 200 meters north of Undercliff Mountain/Echo Rock, and
    at the site of the Hudson Bay Co. post Nipigon House across from Jackfish I.

The campsites showed little sign of use. From the tin cans and broken glass at a couple of them, we assumed that the campers were locals from nearby First Nation communities or visiting fishermen in motorboats- and not kayakers or canoe trippers.

As well as the campsites mentioned above, the beaches indicated on the Lake Nipigon Basin Signature Site Map - at least the ones we checked out - would do as campsites - either on the beach itself or better yet in the grass or bush above the beach. Some work required but serviceable.

Access to the north end of the lake is easy; the VIA stop at Mud River on the Pikitigushi is at most a two-hour paddle from Windigo Bay. Putting in and taking out at Mud River would make for a nice seven to ten-day circuit with lots of time to do some exploring of the various islands on the way down to Undercliff Island.

Perhaps someone can comment on whether Gull Bay First Nation off Highway 527 or the road to Windigo Bay through the Nature Reserve could serve as an exit or entry points. We again made use of Mattice Lake Outfitters for our shuttles- a de Havilland Beaver to our entry point on Cliff Lake and a shuttle from our exit on Waweig Lake off Highway 527.

More detail on our brief paddle down the lake can be found here - Canoeing Lake Nipigon From Windigo Bay To Echo Rock

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