Foch-Nagagami Route 1

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90 km
5 days
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6970 m
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1700 m
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By train from Hornepayne
Access at mileage 27.2 on Foch River
North then east on Foch River
P 500 m L on Foch Island at rapids
P 40 m R around Baldrock Rapids
P 260 m R around Boulder Bay Rapids
P 40 m R around rapids
P 600 m L around rapids
East across Nagagami Lake
East on Nagagami River
P 350 m L around Couchiching Rapids
Northeast on Nagagami River
P 110 m L around rapids
P 70 m L around Trout Rapids
P 600 m L around Gull Rock Rapids
P 50 m L around White Owl Rapids
P 1500 m L around Dirty Bush Rapids
P 50 m centre of island at Island Rapid
P 1700 m around Jack Pine Rapids
Finish at Hwy 11 bridge over Nagagami River 61 km west of Hearst

Maps Required
Topo Maps (1:50,000): 
42 F/6 Nagagami Lake 42 F/10 Ahmabel Lake 42 F/15 Pitopiko River 42 F/7 Nagagamisi Lake
Other Maps: 
42 F/SW Obakamiga Lake 42 F/SE Hornepayne 42 F/NE Calstock (Provincial Series Maps)


Post date: Tue, 08/14/2018 - 10:50


An amazing northern river trip!!!

We ran most of this route in May 2018, one week after ice out. It took us 4 days to paddle from the Obakamiga to Highway 17. We entered at Sagi rapids on the Obakamiga River after a lengthy portage down old logging roads. Length of the portage depends on how far you drive down the old logging road (4x4 only!). Portage length will vary from as much as 7500m to as little as ~3000m. We We were able to make our way down a good chunk of the road and portaged 5.8km to the Obakamiga River. Suggest using a canoe cart for this trail as the old roads make for an easy, flat walk. Most of the portages were in great shape, except for the two longest (Dirty Bush and Jack Pine). At lower flows it is likely possible to run/line Dirty Bush, and the lower half can be run at high flows (See map for details). Dirty bush is really.... dirty! A rotting Poplar forest with downed trees crisscrossing the trail. The path can be hard to follow at times, especially in open areas and swampy sections (You will likely get your feet wet in the bogs). Jack Pine is a mandatory portage and is absolutely brutal. Downed trees and thick regrowth with some steep sections. There is one climb with a rope assist and the final descent is very steep. Allocate 3x the amount of estimated time (per distance) to single carry both of these portages. An amazing route with some thrilling CII-CIII whitewater in the spring!

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Post date: Tue, 07/09/2013 - 20:00


It's also possible to fly in above Nagagami Lake onto one of the lakes such as Obakamiga feeding the Nagagami River and paddle down to the lake from which the route is the same as Gary says. See Maurice Oliver in Hornepayne for booking a flight. Portages above the lake on the Nagagami will probably not be cleared. Take an axe. Fishing is generally good for pickerel, some trout. Not good route for families. Good for people who like to explore.

Post date: Sat, 05/12/2012 - 00:52


THE GOOD: I’m with you- salt lake makes their first playoffs. Given how easy it is to make the playoffs in the mls, this is overdue for salt lake fans.THE BAD: the Ralston- Gomez vendetta in KC at NE. 2 games ago Gomez was involved on the tackle that ended Ralston’s season. I love Ralston and he is obviously a beloved home-grown veteran in a league that has a shortage of them, but damn that was obviously an accident on Gomez part if Khano Smith’s cleat was much higher he would have caught Gomez knee cap (on the very deserved red-card). Gomez drew 4 fouls that the ref caught in his one half of action before Onalfo wisely took him out. not cool at all from smith and NE. I guess some guys don’t know the line between throwing a couple elbows in the gut to send a message (which I could see as appropriate) and trying to injure a player (which never is appropriate).THE SURPRISE: the actual 3-1 result of the KC at NE game, of course more do to the red cards than the play of my wizards. The (original) Lamar Hunt cup of KC v Columbus is on- playoffs style.THE BEST GAME: how could I possibly go against you on this one? Of course it was RSL v CO! The only game that meant everything to both teams. And the fact that it actually was a dramatic 90th minute goal that decided who made the playoffs-wow.fat ronaldo: french football gets like 2 or 3 questions a week.

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Post date: Tue, 04/24/2012 - 07:58


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Post date: Mon, 04/23/2012 - 21:27


As much as I agree with you regarding the lure other spotrs carry to our best athletes, I think the real fault lies in coaching and fitness deficiencies. Again, we've discussed this before, but there is so much idiocy on display in the MLS. That, more than anything else, is why I can't stomach watching.I'm a firm believer that a team with overall mediocre talent can beat a team with superior talent if the mediocre talent has superior coaching. The ball, after all, should do most of the work. A team that is well-organized defensively can do much to negate a great disparity in talent. Playing the ball sideways and gasp! backward simply to retain possession, forcing the other team to chase you all over the park, can be a highly useful way of negating such a disparity in talent. However, you've eventually got to be able to score if you want to win the game. And as Herman Edwards will tell you, you play to win the game.Combine the pervasive bad coaching in this country with what I perceive as a lack of true fitness in most MLS players Blanco was able to be an impact player at 37-years-old and carrying a gut the size of Theo Walcott and you end up with the quality of play seen (not by me) on a weekly basis in the MLS.Oh, and if you watch the whole video, notice Omar Cummings' goal: I'm half-convinced it was an attempt to trap the ball, rather than an outright shot.VN:R_U [1.9.10_1130](from 1 vote)

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


Foch river enters Nagagami lake in a bay with an island at the entrance of the main lake. Island has a suitable camping spot but short on firewood. There is a lodge on Nagagami lake if canoers are in trouble. This is a spectacular trip with excellent speckled trout fishing in Nagagami river and pickerel fishing in the foch and Nagagmi lake. Nagagami lake is a large round shallow lake and can get rough very quickly. Head dead east from the island to reach the Nagagami river. There are long flat stretches betwwen the lake and Gull rock rapids. The river then picks up speed and becomes quite enjoyable.