Goulais River Route

CanadaOntarioLake Superior basin
Submitter & Author Information
Route submitted by: 
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Trip Date : 
Route Author: 
Unknown
Additional Route Information
Distance: 
54 km
Duration: 
5 days
Loop Trip: 
No
Portage Information
No. of portages: 
25
Total Portage Distance: 
4512 m
Longest Portage: 
826 m
Difficulty Ratings
River Travel: 
Intermediate
Lake Travel: 
Novice
Portaging: 
Moderate
Remoteness: 
Intermediate
Background Trip Info
Water Levels: 
Route Description
Technical Guide: 

Hwy 17 95 km east of Sault Ste Marie. (Between SSM and Sudbury)
North on Hwy 129 (towards Chapleau) for 96 km
Left on Hwy 556 for 13 km to Aubinadong River
Leave Hwy, follow gravel road - staying left for 29 km to Witchdoctor Lake
Travel 6 km down Witchdoctor Lake
P ??
P 300 m R to Teepee Lake
P 27 m R around logging bridge
P 92 m R around small falls with rapids
P 65 m R around falls
P ? around small rapid (or CBR / line)
P 688 m L around chutes and small falls
P 32 m around rapids (or CBR / line)
P 82 m L around chute
P 37 m R around falls (CBR rapid at base of falls)
Line rapid (no portage)
P 100 m L around old dam (strong current above ... dangerous!)
P 370 m around rapid (or CBR / line last section / falls around corner!)
P 82 m L around falls (trail begins 18 m above falls - line to this point)
P ? around rapid at base of falls (or CBR pool at base)
P 680 m around long stretch of shallow rapids in gorge
P 82 m L around Twin Falls (starts at crib dam)
P ? around sections of rapids 14 km long (check carefully ... ledges!)
P 18 m around small falls (in middle of stretch of rapids ... caution!)
P 27 m by Weldwood bridge at Weldwood Road
P 27 m to bypass two chutes at cross-angles
P 523 m around large falls (at cable crossing - extreme caution - don`t pass this point!)
P 826 m around a series of 3 falls and many rapids
Village of Searchmont on Hwy 556

Maps Required
Topo Maps (1:50,000): 
41 O/4 41 J/13 41 K/16

Comments

Post date: Mon, 08/31/2009 - 14:20

Comments: 

maps for goulais river route

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

Comments: 

The section of rapids that ends at mile 21 on the Whitman Dam Road and starts at the bridge about five miles upstream has challenging rapids in the spring: Class II-IV. Check the guage on the bridge in Searchmont: 9 decs is the absolute lowest where you can avoid scraping bottom. Anything in the teens starts to get pushier. I've paddled it once at 21 decs and most of the paddlers portaged the drops: it became scarey at that level.

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

Comments: 

I have run the Goulais in a white water kayak from mile 15 down to Searchmont, and a touring kayak out to Lake Superior. This, as with many rivers, is best done in the spring. I have done much of the river in August, but many very shallow spots develop. Additionally, it is a beautiful river, especially in the fall!