Mississagi River - Aubrey Falls to Pigpen Chutes

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Additional Route Information
Distance: 
40 km
Duration: 
2 days
Loop Trip: 
No
Portage Information
No. of portages: 
1
Total Portage Distance: 
90 m
Longest Portage: 
90 m
Difficulty Ratings
River Travel: 
Intermediate
Lake Travel: 
Not applicable
Portaging: 
Easy
Remoteness: 
Novice
Background Trip Info
Water Levels: 
Route Description
Technical Guide: 

Access can be made at Aubrey Falls, but more commonly at the bridge a few km down from the falls
South on Mississagi River for 4 km (deep, easily navigable)
P 90 m R around rapids at bridge over river (Aubinadong-Ranger Road)
Stretch 5 km long with numerous small rapids (no portages - check before running)
Past junction with Aubinadong River
From this point the river drops downhill at a steady and rapid rate
The river is fast-flowing through a continuous series of rapids every 100 m to 200 m.
Forty-Mile Rapids - a widening of the river with a shallow boulder garden
The rapids should be runnable in low water, but check - some wading required
The next 20 km of the river parallels Hwy 129
At 40 km Pig Pen Chutes is reached - it is marked on the topo maps.
The portage is on the left, a short distance above the chute.
There is a trail from here that runs up a hill to a roadside rest stop where you take out
This is at Hwy 129.

Other
Special Comments: 

The water level of the river fluctuates a lot because it is dam controlled up at Aubrey Falls. Levels can fluctuate as much as six feet, so it`s important to camp and put the canoes at least six feet above low water level.
In general, any of the rapids are easier to run at low water than in high water conditions. Base your running of any of the fast water accordingly.

The river bottom consists of round boulders of varying sizes. The topography is rugged ... large hills and vertical cliffs up to 200 ft. in height line the river because it follows a fault line.

Comments

Post date: Mon, 07/16/2012 - 16:08

Comments: 

July 2012 - We (3 in a canoe) just canoed the Mississagi from near Aubrey Falls (Ranger Lk. Rd) to Hwy 129 (Rapid River Bridge). About 20km. Took us 7 hours in low water conditions with some wading through the bouldery shallows. If water level is low, launch further west, just before Ranger Lake Road leaves view of the Mississagi river, near where the Aubinidong joins, to avoid shallows and wading. It's unmarked but there's a short trail from the road with a gradual boat launch slope. The section from where the Aubinidong joins and south is deep and slow for quite a distance, without rapids for awhile. There are quite a few rapids for the last 2 miles or so from the end. We enjoyed the day trip from Black Creek Outfitters (store and cabins on Hwy 129, 1 hour 15 minutes north of Thessalon). We stay there one or two weeks each summer. They rented us the canoe and helped get vehicle to the pull out spot and with the launch.
Some experience with rapids is necessary, although we're pretty novice and did fine.

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

Comments: 

looking at doing this trip this spring between high water and bug time.looking for good fishing too.

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

Comments: 

I have kayaked this section, as well as from Bark Lake to a few miles past Pig Pen Chutes several times, in varying water levels. This route continues to be one of my favorites. The only tricky spot I found was just below the Aubinadong River where there is a drop and a river left twist in the river around a small island. It could very tricky in the early spring run off.