Aubinadong River - East Branch

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Submitter & Author Information
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Additional Route Information
Distance: 
60 km
Duration: 
3 days
Loop Trip: 
No
Portage Information
No. of portages: 
6
Total Portage Distance: 
1500 m
Longest Portage: 
500 m
Difficulty Ratings
River Travel: 
Intermediate
Lake Travel: 
Not applicable
Portaging: 
Moderate
Remoteness: 
Intermediate
Background Trip Info
Water Levels: 
Route Description
Technical Guide: 

The starting point of this trip is 170 kilometers north of Thessalon via Highway 129 then west of this highway on the Honey Lake Road for eleven (11) kilometers. This road is in poor condition and may require a half-ton truck or four-wheel drive depending on the weather.
The entire route is paralleled by old logging roads which can be seen from time to time as you paddle downriver. It is a moderately difficult route 60 kilometers long with six portages: two go around areas where trees have fallen across the river, two around rapids, one around the remains of an old logging dam, and one goes around a falls arid rapids known locally as "King Chutes".
The Aubinadong River ends where it flows into the Mississagi River.

Comments:

The Aubinadong River East Branch Route starts in the Honey Lake area, Cassidy Township and ends at the Mississagi River, Timbrell Township. It takes you through a forest area that was ravaged by forest fire. Many charred, barren tree trunks can be seen standing on the rocky hills as you paddle downriver. This forest area is mainly young second growth with a few stands of mature timber that were spared from the huge 1948 fire. Fishing along the route consists of brook trout, yellow pickerel (walleye) and pike. The best time of the year to take this trip is in early spring or in the fall, when the water level in the river is high and the insects are not so numerous. The river is a series of wide slow moving stretches connected by narrow, fast sections of water. In early spring, these fast sections can be run by the experienced canoeist but the novice should portage. During low water, most of these narrow fast stretches must be lined down, waded or portaged around. The trip can be made in the minimum of two days but we recommend three days if fishing is planned.

Maps Required
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41 J/14 Rocky Island L West 41 O/3 Mountain Ash Lake
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Special Comments: 

The Aubinadong River East Branch Route starts in the Honey Lake area, Cassidy Township and ends at the Mississagi River, Timbrell Township. It takes you through a forest area that was ravaged by forest fire. Many charred, barren tree trunks can be seen standing on the rocky hills as you paddle downriver. This forest area is mainly young second growth with a few stands of mature timber that were spared from the huge 1948 fire. Fishing along the route consists of brook trout, yellow pickerel (walleye) and pike.

The best time of the year to take this trip is in early spring or in the fall, when the water level in the river is high and the insects are not so numerous. The river is a series of wide slow moving stretches connected by narrow, fast sections of water. In early spring, these fast sections can be run by the experienced canoeist but the novice should portage. During low water, most of these narrow fast stretches must be lined down, waded or portaged around. The trip can be made in the minimum of two days but we recommend three days if fishing is planned.

Don McGorman
mcgormd@hotmail.com