Little Bonnechere River

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35 km
2 days
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630 m
Longest Portage: 
520 m
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Day One (8 km / 2 portages totaling 630 m)

Start on Turner`s Point Road at Basin Lake
South on Little Bonnechere River
P 110 m L around rapid
P 520 m R around rapid
South on river into Couchain Lake within Bonnechere River Provincial Park"
Camp night one on Couchain Lake
A couple of designated campsites available on Couchain Lake)Day Two (27 km / no portages / a couple of liftovers)

South on river
South through Curriers Lake
South through White Mountain Bay
South through Beaverdam Lake
South through Enos Bay
Continue on Bonnechere River
South through Stevenson Lake
(One designated campsite available at the north end of Supply Lake)
Possible liftover at Jacks Chute
South on Bonnechere River (very twisty and windy section)
West along the north shoreline of Round Lake
Finish at Round Lake Variety Store

Maps Required
Topo Maps (1:50,000): 
31 F/12
Other Maps: 
Algonquin Provincial Park map published by Friends of Algonquin Park Bonnechere River Provincial Park - The Adventure Map." Chrismar Mapping Services. Available for sale at Bonnechere Provincial Park (613) 757-2103
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A simple but scenic, novice -rated route. Outside of Algonquin Park, the route lies within Bonnechere River Provincial Park, a 1200 ha waterway class park created in 1987 and Bonnechere Park, a 162 ha recreation class park on the shores of Round Lake. A management plan for this park land is now being developed. It is proposing (among other things) to amalgamate Bonnechere River, Bonnechere and Foy Provincial Parks into one larger waterway class park under the name Little Bonnechere River Provincial Park. For now, camping is free within Bonnechere River Provincial Park. If you start your trip right at Basin Depot, you are inside Algonquin Park and a permit is
required for camping or day-use. Permits are available at Turner`s Camp (on Turner`s Road). If you are only passing through Algonquin you can obtain a day-use permit from Bonnechere Park, which entitles you to entrance in any park on the day of issue.


Post date: Thu, 05/24/2012 - 15:08


We did this trip on the May Long Weekend of 2012. We put in at Couchain Lake since the park told us that anything before that was impassable - likely due to beaver dams that no one had broken through lately. This was a great paddle going with the current and ended up being 25 km in total. The lakes are relatively shallow, and there is lots of habitation on them. The fun started at the end of Stevenson Lake. There are chutes there, some of which can be paddled down (although expect a few scrapes), and one that should not be paddled. I ended up wading my boat down the side of it - navigating the rocks and getting very wet. There are about 3 or 4 chutes in total, the last one ending over a long, shallow pile of rocks. After that, it's generally a smooth paddle to Round Lake. The river is just the right size and the current was noticable, however my complaint is it felt too much like a civilized area for a weekend back woods camping trip.

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


We put in at Stringer Lake as a local told us there were a lot of beaver dams on the stretch down from Basin Lake. It was an easy paddle with following winds and we were done in 8 1/2 hours. Quaques Chutes are a challenge and should not be run without checking them out thoroughly. We made two portages in the stretch as the water was betwwen shooting the rapids and walking the canoe through. The portages are not marked but the residents warned us and showed us the way. Thanks to them.