French River - Upper End

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40 km
3 days
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Hwy 69 south of Sudbury - Hwy 64 east through Alban, Noelville & Monetville
East to Dokis Marina
West on French River
Around Burnt Island
Return via same route

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Topo Maps (1:50,000): 
41 I/1 Noelville 31 L/4
Other Maps: 
41 I/SE Sudbury 31 I/SW North Bay (Provincial Series Maps) French River Provincial Park map - shows all campsites and portages.
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A short loop with no exactly defined route. Travel the main channel of the French River east towards Lake Nipissing, loop around Burnt Island and return. Some big water which requires caution especially in the Lake Nipissing Area


Post date: Sat, 01/01/2000 - 07:00


An alternative access to this route is via Hall River and Mercer Lake - it adds about 23 k to the route though.

Instead of heading into Dokis take the first left turn off the Dokis Reserve Road - there is a small beach and entry point there.

There is only one portage along the Hall River after you have crossed Mercer Lake (about 7 k from the start)- its about 20 metres and there are steel rollers (uneven though they are) to roll canoes across. A few Beaver dams were on the west side of the portage when I went through on Sept 14/15, 2003.

A nice camp site is near the Little Chaudiere Dam - or on the North Side of the river about 400 m east of the dam (there are lots of fire pits along the shore but not all sites are good camping so check them out first).

Two friends and I recently paddled this route and it was very nice - flat water, novice stuff.

From the Hall River you enter the little French River shortly after the Little Chaudiere Dam - go east on the French for about 7 k then head south towards Dokis - you should see some houses and buildings on shore right before a fairly large bay - Dokis Bay.

Post date: Sat, 01/01/2000 - 07:00


The scenery is excellent but the curent is strong.