St. Mary`s River& North Channel - SSM to Blind River

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Submitter & Author Information
Route submitted by: 
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Additional Route Information
Distance: 
140 km
Duration: 
7 days
Loop Trip: 
No
Portage Information
No. of portages: 
0
Total Portage Distance: 
0 m
Longest Portage: 
0 m
Difficulty Ratings
River Travel: 
Novice
Lake Travel: 
Intermediate
Portaging: 
Not applicable
Remoteness: 
Novice
Background Trip Info
Water Levels: 
Low
Route Description
Technical Guide: 

In the City of Sault Ste Marie there are numerous starting points available; easy one is Bellvue Park.

East and South along St. Mary`s River (The north passage in Canadian waters is recommended as large commercial ships use the southern channel).

East past St. Joseph Island into North Channel of Lake Huron.

East along North Channel (no absolutely defined route) to finish at at public boat launch by Hwy bridge at Blind River.

Maps Required
Topo Maps (1:50,000): 
41K/9 41K/8 41J/5 41J/4 41J/3 41J/2
Topo Maps (1:250,000): 
 
Other Maps: 
 
Other
Special Comments: 

This route follows a general eastward direction, weaving through the many islands dotting the North Channel. It is a route which demands close attention to the topo maps - the many points and islands along the route can be very confusing.

The North Channel is a large body of water. Even moderate winds can generate waves large enough to swamp an open canoe. Be prepared to paddle in the early morning or late evening and lose an occasional day to windy conditions.

Don McGorman
mcgormd@hotmail.com