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Northwest region

Coverage.
Waters flowing into Lake Winnipeg, except waters of the Quetico region (for example the Namakan River).
Note. Route information for the Northwest region is availabe also in CCR’s Routes Section, at
http://www.myccr.com/canoeroutes/234/canoeroutes

Exclusions.
Waters flowing into Hudson Bay without passing through Lake Winnipeg.

Nearby CCR regions.
Hudson Bay and James Bay north.
http://www.myccr.com/phpbbforum/viewtop ... 07&t=36221
Wabakimi.
http://www.myccr.com/phpbbforum/viewtop ... 07&t=34025
Lake Superior basin.
http://www.myccr.com/phpbbforum/viewtop ... 07&t=34002
Quetico.
http://www.myccr.com/phpbbforum/viewtop ... 07&t=34003

Subregions.
I constructed five subregions to hold Route entries and corresponding Information entries, as follows.
North.
This post. Waters north of Woodland Caribou Provincial Park (Berens River, etc.)
http://www.myccr.com/phpbbforum/viewtop ... 07&t=34022
Woodland Caribou.
Waters of Woodland Caribou Provincial Park and of the Eagle - Snowshoe Conservation Reserve.
The constraint of 60,000 characters required two posts.
http://www.myccr.com/phpbbforum/viewtop ... 07&t=38989 http://www.myccr.com/phpbbforum/viewtop ... 07&t=43593
English River.
Cedar River, Chukuni River, English River, Troutlake River, etc.
http://www.myccr.com/phpbbforum/viewtop ... 07&t=43604
Kenora - Dryden.
Waters of the Kenora, Experimental Lakes and Dryden areas, including the north part of the Lake of the Woods.
http://www.myccr.com/phpbbforum/viewtop ... 07&t=43605
South.
The south part of the Lake of the Woods (Caliper Lake and Kakagi Lake), and the Rainy River and its tributaries (Atikokan River, Seine River, Turtle River), but not the Namakan River and its tributaries.
http://www.myccr.com/phpbbforum/viewtop ... 07&t=43606


Subregion North

Ed notes.
1. Major waters are the Berens River and its tributaries (Shabumeni River and Serpent River).
2. The Berens River provides also a means to access Woodland Caribou PP.
3. Berens River Routes lying entirely in Manitoba (for example those starting in the Family Lake area) are filed only at
http://myccr.com/phpbbforum/viewtopic.php?f=113&t=34132
4. I found only little documentation for travel on the Poplar River in Ontario, not enough to justify posting entries here. Please go to the above link, namely
http://myccr.com/phpbbforum/viewtopic.php?f=113&t=34132

Berens River. Information.
Notes.
1. Toporama shows the Berens River as starting at the outlet of Wavell Lake, which is however fed by the Serpent River.
2. Most Berens River trips start at either Pikangikum or Family Lake (Little Grand Rapids, with both an airfield and a floatplane base), but the Berens above Pikangikum is paddled; here is an example:
http://myccr.com/phpbbforum/viewtopic.p ... ns#p297861
3. From Ontario (specifically Red Lake), road access appears to be possible only at Berens Lake (the lake).
Berens River, the river.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Berens_River
http://www.goldseekers.net/html/berens_river.html
Berens River, the settlement in Manitoba.
http://www.serdc.mb.ca/communities/berens-river
http://www.seed.mb.ca/berens_river.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Berens_River,_Manitoba
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Berens_River_First_Nation
http://www.comeexplorecanada.com/manitoba/berens_river/
Berens Lake, the former settlement in Ontario.
The location of the ghost town is given in the first link below, as pointed out in the third.
http://www.ontarioabandonedplaces.com/b ... berens.asp
http://www.ghosttowns.com/canada/ontari ... river.html
http://www.myccr.com/phpbbforum/viewtop ... 13&t=42370
Family Lake and Little Grand Rapids.
Ed note. Lake and settlement respectively, both lying in Manitoba.
http://ca.images.search.yahoo.com/yhs/s ... hosted_001
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Little_Gra ... C_Manitoba
http://www.serdc.mb.ca/communities/little-grand-rapids
Pikangikum (ON).
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pikangikum_First_Nation
http://www.ifna.ca/article/pikangikum-116.asp
http://firstnation.ca/pikangikum
http://turning-point.ca/?q=node/19584
http://www2.macleans.ca/2012/03/30/livi ... ikangikum/
Images.
http://ca.images.search.yahoo.com/yhs/s ... hosted_001
http://www.canoepaddler.me.uk/berens_river_canoeing.php
https://www.google.ca/search?q=berens+r ... 60&bih=667
Water Office of Environment Canada. Berens River above Berens Lake.
https://wateroffice.ec.gc.ca/report/rep ... tn=05RC001
Water Office of Environment Canada. Family Lake at Little Grand Rapids (MB).
http://www.wateroffice.ec.gc.ca/graph/g ... tn=05RD006
This entry was written by Allan Jacobs.

Berens River. Features.
Wavell Lake (fed by the Serpent River; I don’t know whether a float plane can land on Wavell), Whitefish River confluence, Eagle Rapids, Southwest Lake, Upper Goose Lake, Mamakwash Lake, Mamakwash Falls, Woman Falls, Goose Lake, Whitedog Falls, Nechigona Lake Windfall Creek confluence, Silcox Lake outlet, Child Falls, Otter Falls, Throat River confluence, Mikaiami Falls, Berens Lake, Pikangikum Lake,
Pikangikum settlement (with airfield), Barton Lake outlet, Schutze Lake outlet, Stout Lake, Crooked Mouth River confluence, Sharpstone Lake, Moar Lake,
enter Manitoba, Meegeesi Rapids, Manito Rapids, Fishing Lake,
Family Lake, Little Grand Rapids IR, Night Owl Lake, Night Owl Rapids, Whiteman Falls, Crane Falls, Horseshoe Lake, Manitou Rapids, Flour Falls, Big Moose Falls, Long Lake, Long Lake Falls, Matawank Rapids? (on north side of island), Wolf Falls, Crooked Falls, Childs Falls, Napanay Rapids? (on north side of island), Short Lake, Canyon Rapids, Beaver Dam Falls, Island Hill Falls, Opikwach Rapids, Smooth Rock Falls, White Beaver River confluence, White Beaver Falls, Pine Island Rapids, Sharp Rock Falls, Wapeekun/Wapanoneeki Rapids, Metikkapasetawint Rapids, Kaminnistikoskak Falls, Old Fort Falls, Kakewawun Rapids, Asamapikkanaponunk Rapids, Moose Falls, Upper Conjuring Falls, Lower Conjuring Falls, Kasupekopenitchewank Falls, Kettle Falls, Grey Willow Falls, Kashepapekamuk Rapids, Kenkwaka Falls, Kaministikoskak Falls, Sturgeon Falls, English Rapids, Etomami River confluence, Berens River settlement and Lake Winnipeg.
This entry was written by Allan Jacobs.

Berens Lake to Wallace Lake; via Berens River, Family Lake, Dogskin River, Artery Lake and Obukowin Lake. Online, Notes.
Ed note. Posted also under both Berens River and under Woodland Caribou PP.
Source. Paddle Manitoba Canoe and Kayak Trip Reports.
Route description. Berens Lake (ON, by road from Red Lake), Berens River features, Fishing Lake, Family Lake, Dogskin River, White Eye Lake, Whitefish Rapids, Hutch Lake, Dogskin Lake, Irwin Creek, Clayton Lake, Cumming Lake, Irwin Lake, Hobbs Lake, Artery Lake and Bloodvein River, Ford Lake, Craven Lake, Carroll Lake, Obukowin Lake, Obukowin portages, Siderock Lake and Wanipigow River, Wallace Lake.
Title at source. B-03 Berens to Wallace Lake.
Ed note. If you use this information, please consider making a donation to Paddle Manitoba.
http://www.paddle.mb.ca/images/pdfs/rou ... ports6.pdf
This entry was written by Allan Jacobs.

Berens Lake to Wallace Lake; via Berens River, Family Lake, Dogskin River, Artery Lake and Obukowin Lake. Guide.
Ed note. Posted also under Berens River and under Woodland Caribou PP.
Route description. Given immediately above.
Ed note. This is the Dogskin Route of Réal Bérard’s Kautunigan Route, for which one source is
http://www.canadamapsales.com/en/catalo ... index.html
This entry was written by Allan Jacobs.

Lake St Joseph, Cat River, Berens River, Pigeon River, Lake Winnipeg. Online, Notes, Photos.
Source. Keewaydin Way.
Contributors. Dan Freed, Mike Ketchel, Dave Keith, John Lehrman, Dave Dashiells.
Route description (lightly edited from the description at the source). Road to Minchin Lake, De Lesseps Lake, Miniss Lake, Miniss River, Lake St Joseph, up the Cat River, Roadhouse Lake?, Fawcett Lake, Gull Lake, Birch Lake, Little Shabumeni Lake, uncertain route to the northwest, Berens River features, Little Grand Rapids, Pigeon River features, Lake Winnipeg, boat ride to Matheson Island, road home.
Title at source. Berens-Pigeon Rivers.
http://www.ottertooth.com/long_trips_fi ... p_95_B.htm
http://www.ottertooth.com/long_trips_fi ... 95_B_2.htm
http://www.ottertooth.com/long_trips_fi ... 95_B_3.htm
This entry was written by Allan Jacobs.

Shabumeni River, Serpent River and Berens River, to Berens Lake. Online, Notes, Videos.
Source. CCR Routes section.
Author. Arthur Lyndaker.
CCR Member Comments by Kion Hoffman and Mark Morrall.
Ed note. Excellent guide to rapids and falls and portages, little regarding campsites.
Route description. Ear Falls, South Bay Mine Road, Shabumeni River, upstream, Lake 411, bay of Shabu Lake, lake northeast of Shabu Lake, Serpent River, Guest Lake, Ruggles Lake, small lakes and rapids and falls, Wavell Lake, small lake and rapids and falls, Berens River junction, lake 373, Eagle Rapids, Southwest Lake, Upper Goose Lake, Mamakwash Lake (Mamakwash River confluence), Mamakwash Falls, Woman Falls, Goose Lake, Whitedog Falls, Nechigona Lake, Windfall Creek confluence, outlet from Silcox Lake (“only decent camping in this section”), several sets of rapids, Child Falls, Otter Falls, Throat River confluence, Mikaiami Falls, take out at Nungesser Road or continue to Berens Lake and the Berens Lake landing.
Title at source. Serpent and Berens River.
Videos, by Mark Morrall.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AUgLocB2jsw
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=St9EVU-0St0
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hmj27a0shNA
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fy1J3BAd0Oo
CCR Route entry.
http://www.myccr.com/canoeroutes/serpen ... rens-river
This entry was written by Allan Jacobs.

65 days north of Woodland Caribou PP. Online, Journal, Notes, Photos, Videos, Maps.
Source. Private site.
Authors. Kathy and Scott Warner.
Ed note. The following is based on a note kindly supplied by Scott Warner; responsibility for the introduction of errors is mine alone.
Route description. Berens Lake (south arm; road access), Berens Lake (two significant rapids at exit), Berens River, Pikangikum Lake, southward, Dowling Lake (assumed), Hornblendite Lake, up Wagin River (southwest), My Lake (at neither Toporama nor mytopo), ponds, Roderick Lake (also Wahshaykahmeesheseek Lake at Toporama), Keeper River (from northwest end), Cairns River confluence, McCusker Lake, small lakes and rapids, Spoonbill Lake, Malette River confluence, Herod Lake, Malaher Lake, Moar Lake and Berens River junction (below Sharpstone Lake), enter Manitoba, portage to Douglas Lake (to bypass Meegeesi Rapids), return to Berens River, Manito Rapids and Fishing Lake, north then east, up Bradburn River (through Bradburn Lake), reenter Ontario, Orono Lake, north, … , Namiwan Lakes, north to Black Birch Lake, a few km east to Black Birch River, rapids, west arm of Deer Lake, break north after about 15 km, Cochrane River, Cochrane Lake, Cobham Lake, Cobham River, reenter Manitoba, Elliot Lake, Lily Pad Lake, reenter Ontario, Severn River junction, downstream, Finger Lake, Sandy Lake (lake and settlement), southwest, Rathouse Bay, up to Northwind Lake, up Flanagan River, Cellist Lake, Whiteloon Lake, Tallrice Lake, Pakwan Lake, North Spirit Lake, south to Margot Lake, northwest to Loree Lake, Copper Lake (not on topo, must be the narrow lake west of Loree Lake), Warwick Lake, up (southwest on) the McInnes River, south to Critchell Lake, McInnes Lake, south end, portage to Dolphin Lake, Dolphin Creek, Bullrush Lake (not on topo), Barton Lake, up the Berens River, Pikangikum Lake and Pikangikum (road egress).
Title at source. 65 days north of Red Lake.
http://canoecouple.com/Adventures/65%20 ... s.html#Top
This entry was written by Allan Jacobs.

Throat River. Promise only.
Ed note. Tributary of the Berens River, entering it below Silcox Lake.
“Information will be available in the near future.” 15 January, 2015.
http://www.goldseekers.net/html/throat_river.html
This entry was written by Allan Jacobs.

End subregion North.


List of posts for CCR’s Northwest region.
Post 1 of 6. Introduction and Subregion North.
http://www.myccr.com/phpbbforum/viewtop ... 07&t=34022
Post 2 of 6. Subregion Woodland Caribou, part 1 of 2.
http://www.myccr.com/phpbbforum/viewtop ... 07&t=38989
Post 3 of 6. Subregion Woodland Caribou, part 2 of 2.
http://www.myccr.com/phpbbforum/viewtop ... 07&t=43593
Post 4 of 6. Subregion English River.
http://www.myccr.com/phpbbforum/viewtop ... 07&t=43604
Post 5 of 6. Subregion Kenora - Dryden.
http://www.myccr.com/phpbbforum/viewtop ... 07&t=43605
Post 6 of 6. Subregion South.
http://www.myccr.com/phpbbforum/viewtop ... 07&t=43606

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