Fawn - Severn Rivers

CanadaOntarioHudson Bay, James Bay north
Submitter & Author Information
Route submitted by: 
Admin
Trip Date : 
Route Author: 
Unknown
Additional Route Information
Distance: 
265 km
Duration: 
10 days
Loop Trip: 
No
Portage Information
No. of portages: 
16
Total Portage Distance: 
11795 m
Longest Portage: 
3220 m
Difficulty Ratings
River Travel: 
Advanced
Lake Travel: 
Not applicable
Portaging: 
Difficult
Remoteness: 
Advanced
Background Trip Info
Water Levels: 
Route Description
Technical Guide: 

Hwy 17 west of Thunder Bay - north at Town of Ignace on Hwy 599 to Pickle Lake
By air from Pickle Lake to Big Trout Lake
From Post Island on Big Trout Lake along north shore to Fawn River
North on Fawn River to rapid
P ? around rapid on Fawn River (no details, but well-used by residents)
North on Fawn River
North through Angling Lake
North on Fawn River for 32 km
Small rapid (no portage)
North on Fawn River for 800 m
P 140 m R around rapids (or carry gear / CBR with empty canoe)
North on Fawn River for 35 km
P 201 m R around rapid (little used, overgrown - or CBR along right side)
North on Fawn River for 5 km
P 161 m L around falls - trail begins 30 m above falls
Section of turbulent water to run at end of portage
North on Fawn River for 400 m
Rapid (no portage - approx. 275 m long, drops about 3 m - centre run, large waves)
North on Fawn River for 5 km (marshy area)
P 40 m Centre of island at falls (4.5 m high)
North on Fawn River for 3.5 km (all fast water)
P 3220 m L around long stretch of rapids / falls ... OR
P ? m R around rapid / P 40 m R around falls and run 2800 m of rapids / fast water
North on Fawn River for 5 km
P 1207 m around rapids and Ashaway Falls
This is a swampy "moose trail" through an area of stunted black spruce ... OR
Run 1100 m long stretch of rapids and P 141 m R around Ashaway Falls
North on Fawn River for 800 m (fast water)
Watch for portage below a set of islands in a small bay
P 140 m R around rapid
Caution - reaching start of portage involves paddling cross-current 150 m above the rapid
North on Fawn River for 17 km
P 503 m L across point around falls / rapids (overgrown)
North on Fawn River for 8 km
P 781 m L around rapid or run / wade - rocky and difficult
Note : the entrance to this portage is difficult to locate - 40 m into a flooded alder thicket.
North on Fawn River for 16 km
P 382 m L around 2 sets of rapids or CBR first set / P 80 m L around second
Swift, turbulent water following rapids
North on Fawn River for 6.5 km
P 80 m L around rapid (only in low water - otherwise centre run)
North on Fawn River for 10 km
P 100 m R around falls / rapids (trail begins 30 m above rapid)
North on Fawn River for 800 m
Rapid - no portage
North on Fawn River for 5 km
Watch for open, grassy field beside river (site of old trading post abandoned in the 1930`s)
P 20 m L around rapid or CBR(William Brown`s Portage - begins 15 m above rapid)
River widens as it leaves the shield and enters the coastal plain
North on Fawn River for 193 km (current in this section is 8-10 km/hr)
P 1600 m L along floodbank around Caribou Rapids (broken limestone footing)
Note : depends on water level - all or part of Caribou Rapids (actually a set of 3 rapids) can be run in proper conditions.
North on Fawn River for 5 km through low islands / channels to junction with Severn
North on Severn to Limestone Rapids
P 1200 m L along floodbank around Limestone Rapids (or CBR)
Note : if water level permit, can only be run on left side - right side is broken limestone
North on Severn River 65 km (swifts and riffles)
P 2000 m L around White Seal Rapids ... OR
P 2000 m L gear only, P 1000 m L canoes and CBR remainder (rough, rocky!)
North on Severn River 50 km to finish at Fort Severn on Hudson Bay