Gibson-MacDonald Route

CanadaOntarioGeorgian Bay basin
Submitter & Author Information
Route submitted by: 
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Unknown
Additional Route Information
Distance: 
56 km
Duration: 
4 days
Loop Trip: 
Yes
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 at Six Mile Lake Provincial Park
East then north through Six Mile Lake
North through Hungry Creek
P 50 m L around dam
P 9 m over Muskoka Road 33
Northwest through Gibson Lake
P 10 m just past Highway 69 in shallow water
West on Gibson River
P 200 m L around Bottleneck Rapids
P 250 m R around Three Rock Chute
P 25 m R around rapid (or CBR)
Southeast through Georgian Bay
P 10 m into McCrae Lake
East through McCrae Lake
P 250 m L into McDonald Lake
Under Highway 69 bridge
P 250 m L around dam into Six Mile Lake
Southeast then west through Six Mile Lake to finish at Prov. Park

Maps Required
Topo Maps (1:50,000): 
31 D/13 Penetanguishene

Comments

Post date: Mon, 07/20/2015 - 14:28

Comments: 

Here's a picture of the route map they give you at the park office. It's not perfectly detailed, I'd recommend a topo map to navigate some of the tight areas on Six Mile Lake. However it does give a very good overall sense of the route, campsites, portages, etc.

Click on the preview image below to get the full resolution version.

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

Comments: 

Two legs of this route have a lot of camps: Six-Mile Lake (with heavy motor boat traffic), and Georgian Bay. The other two legs have a more remote feel, with attractive scenery.

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

Comments: 

Great route for new trippers, just be carefull on the river in the spring where the Musquash river dumps into the Gibson river. High water makes it very hard to pass the part of the River.

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

Comments: 

The Gibson is wonderful. There are numerous very private camp sites along the Gibson. McCrae Lake can be filled with partying on weekends. Hundreds of campers and very noisy. Otherwise it is great route.

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

Comments: 

Bottleneck Rapids and three rock chute to Georgian Bay in the early and mid summer have some of the best snorkleing because of the rocky and clear fast moving water conditions. With little effort You can snorkle up and down the rapids using the up current.

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

Comments: 

A good novice trip.

Post date: Wed, 03/19/2008 - 19:54

Comments: 

Note to enthusiasts: Please don't litter, I am forever cleaning up my cottage site with litter blowing across the bay from campers. Sad but true.

Post date: Mon, 01/25/2010 - 00:01

Comments: 

I did this route when I was 11, and it's changed completely since then, especially between the Musquash Dam and Georgian Bay. Thanks to a series of dams along the Musquash River built to help cottages on Go Home Lake, there are many places between Highway 400 and Three Rock Chute where you'll wanna be careful not to scrape the bottom of the river. You might even have to carry your canoe sometimes. There are really great campsites all over this trip, especially on Mcrae Lake and one on the left just past 3 Rock Chute. Also, look for a cool shrine just uphill on the right from the portage into Mcrae Lake. There will probably be a visible trail that takes you there. Another thing is that you can take your canoe out before crossing the dam. You'll end up just on the ramp to Highway 69 after about a 150 meter portage.

Post date: Thu, 07/19/2012 - 18:59

Comments: 

The info has been great are the campsites along the dam n the lakes crown land do I need to reserved it for an overnight canoe trip Thx