Kiosk - Mouse Lake Tour

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40 km
5 days
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Total Portage Distance: 
9285 m
Longest Portage: 
17000 m
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Route Description
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Leave from Kiosk Campground at Northern site number 29.
Head SW on lake towards Little Mink Lake 2K
Little Mink Lake
Mink Lake 4K
Club Lake and marshy river 2K
Mouse Lake 2K
Mink creek 1K
Big Thunder Lake 0.5K
Erable Lake 6K
Maple Lake 4K
Maple Creek 5K with 6 portage. You can walk your canoe in most spots
130, 805, 630, 90, 190, 775
Kiosk Lake to Camp 5K

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Day 1: started at 12 noon and camped at Mink Lake. After little Mink lake you only see serious campers.
Day 2: Made it to the edge of Mouse lake. Saw lots of wild life.
Day 3: Made it to Big Thunder Lake. Very small lake with only on camp site. Enough space for 5 tents. One fire pit only. This was the hardest day by far. The portage after Mouse Lake is a killer at 30C. Saw some neat abandoned buildings, probably lumber mills.
Day 4: Made it Maple Lake. This is the easiest day because there's only a 80 m portage. Maple lake is a beautiful lake with camps on inlands. That evening, we sat on the beach no more that 15 feet from grey heron while it was fishing for small fish. We had a spotlight on it and it ignored us.
Day 5: Maple creek was low because we did our trip last week of July. We walked our canoe on most portages. Kiosk lake back to camp.

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Canoe Routes of Algonquin Provicial Park
Special Comments: 

Although we did this trip in five days, I recommend doing it in 6 days.
The portage after Mouse Lake is over a big hill and hard. Have a cart!


Post date: Wed, 08/11/2010 - 01:04


I did my first solo on this loop. 3days 2 nights. Very fun! The last night I stayed on Maple L. an island site....incredible!!

Post date: Tue, 07/29/2008 - 17:06


I was part of a 30 person group from Georgian College who did this trip in 2 nights and three days. We did the trip in late september and found that the water levels were very low from Erables Lake to Kiosk Lake. The scenery is amazing and the poratges are mainly pretty good with the exception of the portage between Mouse and Big Thunder. That particular portage is not a great portage to have in the mid point of your day as we did. Everyone overcame it and moved on. I would recommend this trip to anyone wanting to see the northern part of the park.

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


Completed this route in 2 nights/3 days, beautiful small lakes and creeks. Portages are difficult but well worth the peace and solitude. Next time we'll use 4 nights/5 days to relax and enjoy the scenery and lakes more.

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


I did the same trip in 2 nights/3 days. I found it to be a horrible part of the park and don't recommend it to people who would like to get their forst impression of algonquin. I went on the labour day weekend and it was very busy. WE had to wait in line for most portages and didnt get our first pick of campsites. Kiosk was very windy in the way home and it got scary at times.