Magnetawan Loop No. 2

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Additional Route Information
80 km
5 days
Loop Trip: 
Portage Information
No. of portages: 
Total Portage Distance: 
10975 m
Longest Portage: 
2380 m
Difficulty Ratings
River Travel: 
Lake Travel: 
Background Trip Info
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Route Description
Technical Guide: 

Hwy 124 - turn north on Hwy 520 just east of Dunchurch
North on Wahwashkesh lake road just before Whitestone
About 9 km down this road to public access point
North then west through Wahwashkesh Lake
West through Deep Bay
P 2285 m R around Canal Rapids and Graves Rapids
West through Trout Lake
West on Magnetawan River
P 390 m R around Mountain Chute
P 45 m L around Stovepipe Rapids
West through Island Lake
West on Magnetawan River
P 190 m L around Three Snye Rapids
Portage 75 m R around rapids
P 2380 m L around Thirty Dollar Rapids
Head south on Magnetawan
P 1370 m R around rapids / chain of small lakes
East on South Magnetawan River
South through Big Bay
P 70 m to Clear lake
P 250 m
P 38 m to Lone Tree Lake
P 8 m
P 390 m to Evans Lake
P 450 m to Naiscoot lake
East through Niascoot Lake, Little Wilson Lake, Wilson Lake
P 825 m to Lake Miskokway
East through Lake Miskokway
P 1370 m to Bolger Lake
East through Bolger Lake
East on Bolger Creek
East through Portage Bay on Kashegaba Lake
P 937 m and 9 m to Maple Lake
P 177 m and 250 m to Wahwashkesh Lake
North through Wahwashkesh Lake to finish.

Maps Required
Topo Maps (1:50,000): 
41 H/9 Pointe Au Baril 41 H/16 Noganosh Lake
Special Comments: 

Thanks to Erhard Kraus for the following info:

...your site gives Wahwashkesh Lake as access to this route. For the average bloke, this is quite off the big highways. Since it`s a loop, it doesn`t really matter where you start: the best place
for most people might be from Naiscoot Marina, just beside Highway 69 on Naiscoot Lake.

I did this loop last summer, and it`s not a bad trip. There`s wilderness feel in many places and some spots are outright beautiful. Three areas are a bit of a let-down:
* Portage from Miskokway to Bolder is on a bush road that brings in quite a bit of pickups and ATVs
* Wahwashkesh is a cottage lake - one should know about that beforehand and thus not be disappointed
* the portage out of Wahwashkesh to bypass Canal Rapids is along a road used by a fishing camp which is stuck with the environmental standards of World War II: the landing on Wahwashkesh (right at the hunt camp) is dirty, the road is badly rutted and multi-forked, and the fishing outpost cabin at the end, on Trout Lake, has created a can and bottle
mountain as big as I have ever seen....


Post date: Wed, 09/13/2017 - 17:08


Just wondering if any of the rapids, in particular the Thirty Dollar Rapids, are linable? 

Post date: Thu, 08/11/2016 - 11:25


A note on the P 390m RR around Mountain Chute
There is another trail on RL. If water levels/currents permit, you can paddle the first small swift and take out RL at the chutes. This trail is shorter and not as steep as the 390m. If flows are really low, one can LO the chutes via the large exposed rock in the centre and negate the portage altogether.  

A note on the P 45m RL around Stovepipe Rapids
We did not find any trace of the trail (2016), likely paddlers just use the open rocks to portage (these may be underwater in the spring! ). Stovepipe was an easy CI when we ran it, although water levels were extremely low (early August 2016).

A note on the P75m (after Three Snye)
This is actually two 25m portages both on RL with a small flat water stretch between. There is an excellent campsite at the end of the second chute.

A note on the P 2380m RL around Thirty Dollar Rapids. 
The portage trail is located behind the hunt camp across the train tracks, it is double track and clear and is the best option for paddlers seeking to avoid this section of rapids. There is also a smaller trail that parallels the river. It is useful if one wants to scout and run some of the rapids. The middle sections (by passing the flat water stretches) are very faint. If one takes this trail, it can be broken into a 250m RL (up and over train tracks), flatwater stretch, 100m RR (bypasses falls with a good campsite), brief flat water and then a 750m RL. The upper and lower rapids can be run – at least in low water – they were CII tech when we ran them (early August 2016). Scouting is advised as there are many ledges which require carefully executed lines to follow. At higher flows it may be pushy and more straight forward – likely CIII. 

Post date: Fri, 04/12/2013 - 20:12


Hey, thanks for all your information! This post has been very helpful for my friends and I's planning for our first trip of the season. I have taken note of all the portauges and lakes you used along this trip. i was a little let down when i found your links were not working anymore and i was unable to find a good map of the trip though. I later dug up this...

With that map and chris priest's postings i am feeling pretty good about running this trip. I just hope i get of there and there isnt too much ice still!
Happy paddling

Post date: Mon, 07/09/2012 - 08:06


The incorrect spelling of Magnetawan makes it hard to find the data on this site.
Here is a link to the park plan showing the correct spelling AND a good map of the park (on a single page).

Post date: Sat, 01/05/2008 - 16:28


A comment on the spelling of this river: it is Magnetawan, with three "a"s and only one "e". This is important when using the search function on CCR forums or elsewhere on the internet.

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


This is a very interesting route. The portages are interesting. I've done this trip as a 5 and a 6 day trip. Both were great.