Rain Lake to Moccasin Lake

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30 km
3 days
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2990 m
Longest Portage: 
550 m
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Put in at access point 4 - Rain Lake
One hour paddle up Rain to an easy 310 m portage to Sawyer Lake
Across Sawyer to the beach on the far side
Easy / Intermediate portage 550 m to a beautiful put-in at Jubilee Lake.
Through Jubilee to a sandy landing spot for the 450 m portage to Juan Lake, which can be a little rugged.
Through Juan Lake (little more than a pond) to a rocky landing place for the short 185 m portage to Moccasin

An excellent side trip follows Moccasin`s North arm through a small 140 m portage into an unnamed pond that can be avoided if the water is high enough.
Down an 805 m portage to Petawawa River
Downstream to Little Misty Lake to a beach landing at the east end.
Easy 935 m portage gets you to Misty Lake, where there are some nice islands for a lunch break.
On to the 1,030 m portage (slightly uphill, but easy) to Muslim Lake
Through the 370 m portage to Wenona
Through an easy / moderate 540 m portage to Bandit
Through Bandit to and easy 440 m portage back to Moccasin

Maps Required
Other Maps: 
Algonquin Provincial Park Map published by Friends of Algonquin Park
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This is a great three day trip for those who are fairly new to wilderness canoeing. It offers a variety of lake travel, some river travel on the side trip and some spectacular scenery.

There are some very nice sites on Jubilee, but only two sites on Moccasin. It takes about 4 or 5 hours to paddle in, but it may take a little longer to paddle out if there is any kind of stiff breeze coming down Rain Lake from the west.

The side trip should not be attempted in the opposite direction to that described above, unless one likes the thought of almost continuous uphill portaging. The 805 m between Moccasin`s Pond and the Petawawa would be a killer uphill. Most of the uphill in the trip (as described) is taken on an easy grade between Misty and Muslim.

The side trip is a great way to spend your "rest day" between arriving and departing Moccasin.

Kevin Chasty