Shawanaga Island, Georgian Bay

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Additional Route Information
Distance: 
40 km
Duration: 
4 days
Loop Trip: 
Yes
Portage Information
No. of portages: 
0
Total Portage Distance: 
0 m
Longest Portage: 
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Difficulty Ratings
River Travel: 
Not applicable
Lake Travel: 
Intermediate
Portaging: 
Not applicable
Remoteness: 
Novice
Background Trip Info
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Route Description
Access to Put-In Information: 

-no portages, -plenty of parking -could be a problem in channel or open water if stormy -motor boat wake in channels could swamp a overloaded canoe of rookies

Technical Guide: 

-west on Hwy 644 off Hwy 69 at Pointe Baril Station
put in at Paynes Marine, parking 6.50 a day, washrooms and showers available
-paddle west past Tonches Island drop southwest passing Champlain Monument Island
-Ojibway Island gas has gift shop and ice cream
-go around Ojibway east hug shore head south
-detour to Hole In wall public park if interested just east
- head west through Hemlock Channel
-follow channel markers to coast then head south
- shoals and islands closer to shore of interest
-campsite on Friend Island first small treed island has plaque and abandoned shack
- meander south to Wade, Cardinal DIvided and Crabtree Islands
-campsites in channel between Crabtree and Divided Island
-many other campsites available
-head south to Hertzbeg Islands
-turn east at southern point of Hertzberg to complete our loop or continue
-interesting picnic spot with table and wreck on southeast corner of island north of Stoll Island.
followed west side of Shawanaga Bay channel to Roffey Island
-campsite on ridge with semiprivate bay on southeast side of island with large stone seats marking spot
head due east across channel to Green Island and Cedar Islands rig sail
-sail north to Hearts Content Islands
-west through Christopher Channel
-return to Paynes Marine east on Brignall Banks Narrows
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Trip Journal/Log/Report/Diary: 

contact dconn47@idirect.com
Haven Restaurant for breakfast was good
Harbourview BBQ for tea and jazz was unique

Maps Required
Topo Maps (1:50,000): 
41 H /10, 41 H 9 and the ones south of these you will need to check first
Other Maps: 
-Pointe au Baril Islanders Association Map -numbers all cottages and there are tons which are not marked B952 south of French Bay is A49A Hearts Content Islands
Other
Special Comments: 

-this entrance to Georgian Bay is very busy with motor boat traffic
-early morning paddling or evening avoids the crowds as does midweek
-the Hertzberg Island area is relatively quiet except for some fishermen
-we saw no other canoes or kayaks camping during our trip
-it maybe possible to access area from Shawanaga Landing which would remove the congestion

Comments

Post date: Thu, 04/17/2008 - 20:55

Comments: 

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

Comments: 

I worked in the Parry Sound MNR office for 15 years, and have travelled the eaastern Georgian Bay shore and islandss for 24 years by boat and sea kayak. The strip chart series are useful as are the "approaches charts" which show the area further out from shore. All charts and topographic maps of the area can be obtained at White Squall Outfitters on Cole Lake, Nobel, just north of Parry Sound. The MNR office in Parry Sound may still have "Land Tenure Maps" avaiable indicating crown land, private land and First Nations lands. It is imperative we respect land ownership to maintain realations between user groups in this area. On another note, please recognize the shallow soils over bedrock allow for little break down of human waste before it enters the water. Please practice zero trace camping.

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

Comments: 

Did this trip on the Labour Day weekend. It was most enjoyable. The cottagers in the area are very friendly and knowledgeable as to where to camp. etc. We even met a fellow who tipped us off about a campsite on Burnt Island. There have been problems with bears this summer and we were told that the last group to stay at the Divided Island site were chased from their site by a bear. In their haste, they left five full beers. After chilling, they were most thirst-quenching. If you happen to be reading this, many thanks! We owe you one! We paddled through Table Rock Channel rather than the Polliwog (local name not on charts or maps) Channel at the south end of Hertzberg Island. We did see one bear just west of Boiler Bay, but it was only a small one-year old or so, more than likely. Doing the trip as suggested meant we had a tailwind the entire way north up Shawanaga Channel. We saw three groups of canoes/kayaks. If anyone has maps of the crown land in this area, I would be most interested in knowing where on the coast, from Key River to Parry Sound, one can camp.
In a correction to my earlier posting it is the Hydrographic Service and they produce Small craft charts. Unfortunately they do chart the two picnic areas in the vicinity, one at Boiler Bay, the other east of Pointe au Baril light, but not campsites. A value added product perhaps?

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

Comments: 

Take along the Canadian Hydrographi Service Samll Craft chart 2203 for this trip as the scale, 1:20000 is better than the 1:50000 topo maps. The only problem is that the small craft route goes inside Shawanaga Island not to the west. Will post again once I have done the trip.

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

Comments: 

Access from Dillon Marina makes the trip a bit easier and places the McCoys and Limestones within reach on a shorter trip. Camping near the south end of Hertzberg or on any of the nearby islands is good as is camping on the McCoys. Plan a trip late in the season and perhaps you will hear the ghost of David McCoy.

Post date: Thu, 07/01/2010 - 17:50

Comments: 

google Crown Land Use Policy Atlas. It takes practice to use but in conjunction with google earth and garmin mapping software you can easily make your way to the best and most hidden camping gems all summer long.