Gibson-Georgian Bay Route

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Submitter & Author Information
Route submitted by: 
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Trip Date : 
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Unknown
Additional Route Information
Distance: 
20 km
Duration: 
2 days
Loop Trip: 
No
Portage Information
No. of portages: 
9
Total Portage Distance: 
1054 m
Longest Portage: 
250 m
Difficulty Ratings
River Travel: 
Intermediate
Lake Travel: 
Intermediate
Portaging: 
Easy
Remoteness: 
Novice
Background Trip Info
Water Levels: 
Route Description
Technical Guide: 

Hwy 69 by Parry Sound (close to Six Mile Lake Provincial Park)
West on Gibson River
Possible 10 m liftover if water levels are low
P 200 m L around Bottleneck Rapids (steep)
West on Gibson River
P 250 m R around Three-Rock Chute
West on Gibson River
P 25 m R around rapids or CBR
Southeast through Georgian Bay
P 10 m L into McCrae Lake
To most easterly point of McCrae Lake
Left up small channel to portage
P 250 m L to McDonald Lake (steep)
East on McDonald Lake to finish at Hwy 69 bridge

Comments

Post date: Wed, 05/05/2010 - 14:34

Comments: 

The parking suggestion listed above is no longer available. There are "no parking-tow away signs" all over. We ended up having to drive all the way down South Gibson Lake Rd to the public boat launch which added 2 hours to our paddle. The water level on May 1/2010 weekend was extremely low and we had to walk the canoe over a few spots along the gibson before we reached 3 Rocks.
We later then drove and could not find the Potters Landing to head out onto Go Home either. Great spot to paddle but limited to no parking available to launch.

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

Comments: 

If there is enough water in the Gibson river, this is a good novice trip with some "heavy" water on the bay section.

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

Comments: 

The Gibson river has a few campsites allowing you to make it an overnight trip. You'll find sites at each of the rapids or falls. Personally my favourites are just upstream from the Go Home Lake dam on River Right. Also some nice spots at Three Rock Chute. The last rapid before the bay gets swamped with boaters, so best to avoid for camping unless you need to.

Alot of people like to make a loop trip out of the river, 6 Mile Lake - Gibson Lake - Gibson River - Geo. Bay - McCrae Lake - McDonald Lake - Mcdonald River. Parking is available with access to McDonald Lake off of the south bound ramp @ Georgian Bay Road & Hwy 400. Also a public parking & launch ramp @ South Gibson Lake rd (6 km paddle south of Gibson River mouth).

There are sites throughout most of the route. McCrae Lake has some 70 sites. McDonald river has a few sites, but they get hit real hard with partiers & lots of trash left behind. I don't know of any sites on 6 Mile with the exception of the Prov. Park. There is one site on Hungry Creek right at the dam (not recommended, but is available). Not much on Gibson Lake. 8 sites on the Gibson River. Not aware of any on Geo. Bay between the river & McCrae.

The loop is a 2 - 3 day paddle. A very nice trip especially in the "off season." As time goes on the Gibson starts to run low in spots & walking may be neccessary. The river picks up almost instantly after a good rain! Really fun play spot in high water where the Go Home Lake dam flows into the river. Fun rapids to learn & play in / on.