Stewart Lake Loop

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20 km
2 days
Loop Trip: 
Portage Information
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Total Portage Distance: 
1835 m
Longest Portage: 
600 m
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Not applicable
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Hwy 17 West of Vermilion Bay - access at Stewart Lake Airways
(Alternate access west of Stewart Lake Airways, first road south, immediately at the beginning of the first three lane passing zone. Marked " Experimental Lakes", proceed south approx. 4 km to first bridge past railroad tracks_
South on Stewart Lake
p 185m R into Geejay Lake
southeast on Geejay Lake
p 550 m L into Manomin Lake
If water is high, p 100 m and put in,short rapids at end of creek, novice white water skills, 1 turn required in fast water
East across Manomin Lake
P500 m L into Winnange Lake
East, then north to northwestern arm of Winnange Lake
P600 L to Stewart Lake
North to Stewart Lake Airways, or east through Railway Bay to alternate access at bridge

Maps Required
Topo Maps (1:50,000): 
52 F/13 Feist Lake
Other Maps: 
52 F/NW Blue Lake (Provincial Series map)
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Thanks to Walter Hochstetler for suggesting this trip and writing up the route description and comments.
Camp sites: south arm of Stewart Lake, rocky point on east side entering Geejay Lake, Manomin Lake large sand beach in bay on east shore, 1 km south of portage trail, Winnange Lake - largest island going toward northwest arm, also on south shore 2 km straight out from portage.

Side trips: go south on Manomin Lake, lots of high cliffs, small campsite on southwest corner of large island on west shore, sand beach on southern end. Go south on Winnange Lake to Buzzard Falls, approx 8 km, lots of camp site possibilities. Need Federal Topo Map - Dryberry Lake, 52F/12


Post date: Mon, 07/02/2012 - 18:35


More details on campsites

Lower Stewart Lake
453 162 (large site, 3+ tents)
455 171 (2-3 tents)

Geejay Lake
442 143 (3+ tents)
446 137 (at portage, very close to a cabin)

Manomin Lake
454 138 (very small, 1 tent. Good for if you are in a pinch)
464 142 (large site)

Winnage Lake
478 136 (end of portage, beach site)
495 149 (2-3 tents, great swimming spot)
495 156 (large site)

Post date: Tue, 11/09/2010 - 11:42


went on a 3 day outdoor ed trip, was awesome trip, wind was with us basically the whole way, last portage is THE PORTAGE OF DEATH! do not pack extra anything, you will regret it by the last portage!

Post date: Mon, 08/23/2010 - 15:41


We went here at the beginning of August. This is truly a lovely area. Winnange Lake is clear and clean. Mosquitoes were minimal. Quite a few biting flies, though, but not horse flies or deer flies. Just a nuisance, nothing that leaves a bite. I have to say though that the portage from Winnange to Stewart Lake is NOT easy. I've been through some tough portages and I would have to say this was one of the toughest I've done. It's only 600 m, but over about an 80 ft. (just a guess) VERY steep elevation coming out of Winnange. Very muddy too since there had been a lot of rain when we were there. Not for the faint of heart. You'll regret that extra pack. I would rate it intermediate to difficult, leaning toward difficult.

Post date: Wed, 01/20/2010 - 21:04


we went on this canoue trip for an outdoor ed class trip we stayd for 3 days it was awsome!! i recomend it

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


The beach on the northeast side of Winnange is one of the nicest beaches in northwestern ontario.

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


Manomin Lake is FULL of lake trout.