Kiosk to Wendigo Lake

Submitter & Author Information
Route submitted by: 
Alan Lester
Trip Date : 
Additional Route Information
68 km
5 days
Loop Trip: 
Portage Information
No. of portages: 
Total Portage Distance: 
6640 m
Longest Portage: 
960 m
Difficulty Ratings
River Travel: 
Lake Travel: 
Background Trip Info
Water Levels: 
Route Description
Technical Guide: 

Park your second car at Wendigo Lake parking lot. Access point #25.(South off Hwy 17 on Brent Campground Road.)

To get to your stating point, exit Hwy 17, south on Kiosk campground road. Access point #29. Put in on Kioshkokwi Lake.

Paddle east to Mink Lake
Couchon Lake
Little Couchon Lake
Laurel Lake
Cedar Lake
Petawawa River to Radiant Lake
North to Clamshell Lake
North Depot Lake
Allan Lake to Wendigo Lake

Maps Required
Other Maps: 
Algonquin Provincial Park map published by Friends of Algonquin Park
Special Comments: 

My brother and I paddled this at the end of April 1999. The only portage that we found difficult was the 860 M on the Petawawa River.

I have also paddled from Cedar lake to Wendigo Lake with my then 10 year old daughter and we had a great trip.


Post date: Sun, 02/22/2015 - 09:30


I wrote this this trip report in what seems like a life time ago.  I have since paddeled this route several times and in both directions although not for several years now.  There is little or no issue with flow direction which was a concern on the first trip.  The portage at the tracks has been greatly improved since my first trip.  At that time you wern't supposed to go on the tracks except to cross over.  There was a path through the bush that was very difficult, I only used it once.  The path was abandoned when the tracks were removed. 


Post date: Mon, 07/14/2008 - 16:13


We did part of this route (from Cedar lake to Windigo) in 3 days. It can be done but there's little time to stop and relax.

The 860m on the Petawawa is definately a tough one. It starts with a VERY steep slope. A large part of it is ok because it's on the old railway, but then you have to come down a steep hill on the radiant lake side. The hills and the loose footing make it tough.

Also, the 960m wasn't cleared when we went through. We had to duck under or climb over a number of downed trees.

A nice trip overall but don't push it. Take the extra day. The island campsites on North Depot are really nice!