North Channel French River

CanadaOntarioFrench
Submitter & Author Information
Route submitted by: 
Sean Purcell
Trip Date : 
Additional Route Information
Distance: 
20 km
Duration: 
2 days
Loop Trip: 
No
Portage Information
No. of portages: 
1
Total Portage Distance: 
0 m
Longest Portage: 
125 m
Difficulty Ratings
River Travel: 
Novice
Lake Travel: 
Not applicable
Portaging: 
Easy
Remoteness: 
Novice
Background Trip Info
Water Levels: 
Low
Route Description
Technical Guide: 

enter north channel off the 528a enroute to Breyer Lodge, or launch at Lodge.
paddle into towards Wolsey Bay 3kms and turn south towards Commanda island at Little Pine Rapids, continue southwest towards Big Pine Rapids approx. 1 km. Nice camp site.100m portage Continue east 1.5kms on the main channel of the French to Double Rapids. Another 500m brings you to the Ladder, just another 500m and you arrive at Blue Chute. Barely 10 kms from the start.Return via same route.

Trip Journal/Log/Report/Diary: 

Day 1 After an early start and much coffee, we head through rural Ontario with canoes strapped on tight already dreading the 6 hrs of driving nessecary to get to the launch site. Somehow Tim Hortons seems to appear as an apparition at regular intervals. Finally arrive at launch on the North Channel at 2pm and unload cars, transferring contents to canoes. At last we are ready to hit the water. Paddling out onto the north channel we realize we have a tail wind, a first in many trips for me. We manage good time through Wolseley Bay an on towards Little Pine Rapids, admire the Lodge briefly and line the canoes through the south side towards Big Pine Rapids. Paddle the channel west towards Big Pine pull out on right (can be run in high water). There are some lavel camp sites at this spot but we carry on down river after a 125m portage ending in a boulder garden. Another 1km brings you to Double Rapids, there is a campsite and pull out on the right. The 1rst channel left of the centre island can be run, has small whirlpool at bottom, a further 500m brings you to the ladder, and just around the corner is Blue Chute. We camp here for two nights and spend time playing in the rapids, fishing, and paddling arround.

Maps Required
Topo Maps (1:50,000): 
French River Park Map<br />
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Special Comments: 

Nice weekend trip when the bugs aren't too bad. Fishing is always fair and the campsites are picturesque.