Temagami Long Weekend - Round 2

  • August 2, 2014 · 7:30 AM
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Difficulty: Intermediate (Read description below)

COST: Park Fees $25 each + rentals, gas & food.
Drive Time:[masked]hrs
Limit – 9 People

This is the same trip that was posted for a mid July trip that did not run.

(Important, read this section)

To ensure that we get paddlers that are eager and able to attend the trip I have decided to collect the park fees up front. This $25(+processing fee) is your confirmation into this trip.

All other costs (Boats, transportation, food, gear etc..) are your responsibility.

I understand not everyone wants to use their credit card online which is why I’m offering both a Paypal option as well as an interac transfer option. Paypal will cost about $1.05 to process and Interact is $1.25 if my memory serves correct. Links are below:

Simply pay during your RSVP and it will go to the groups Paypal account.

Interact E-Mail Transfer: Send $25 – it will cost you $1.25 to send the money. Send to: adventureswithken (at) hotmail (dot) com
– make the password “canoe”

##########-------TRIP OVERVIEW---------##########

Located approximately 100km north of North Bay ON, Temagami is my favorite canoe trip location in Ontario. From its spectacular sunsets & its vast backcountry network of lakes and rivers; Temagami never disappoints.

Generally quieter than Algonquin & other parks closer to Southern Ontario Temagami also offers additional challenges; portages are harder, longer, and sometimes wet. The large lakes can make for some windy days and you feel a little more remote compared to some of the other areas. Campsites are spread out and fewer in number than in other places. Most sites are equipped with a thunderbox, but occasionally you'll find one that is not.

Highlights of Temagami include:

· A section of remote 2-300yr Old Growth Forest to explore

· Spectacular sunsets

· Fantastic fishing

· Opportunities for some great vistas from both Devils Rock and the Temagami Tower back in town.

Difficulty: Intermediate

This trip is probably not appropriate for you if this is the first time you’ve backcountry camped.

If you are up for a challenge and to see some beautiful surroundings, then this trip is right up your ally.

Be prepared to paddle & portage from 9am to approx. 5-7pm each day depending on how fast the group moves. Breaks will be taken; lunch and swimming can happen as we move most days.

Wind – there can be lots of it in Temagami. This can cause us to work harder to meet our destination goals and to wake up very early to make some miles on calm water (if required).


Make sure that you are well setup for portaging. Pack gear into large backpacks or barrels to make moving it faster & easier. You should be able to portage your boat & gear in a maximum of 2 trips down the trail. If we all plan for a single carry portage it will make our days much shorter. So please plan accordingly.

Canoes only – this trip is not suitable for kayaks of any kind.
If you are renting, please pick up your boat, or have it delivered to the access point on Friday night because we will be launching promptly at 9am on Saturday morning.

Each person is responsible for their own food & cooking gear (Lightweight Stove, pots, utensils etc…)
Coolers are great for the car and parking lot, but please don’t bring them as part of the trip. If you need some meal suggestions check out the link below:

4 Breakfasts
4 Lunches
3 Dinners
Snacks & Drinks


We will drink lake water during this trip. Do not plan to carry bottled water beyond a 1L personal bottle that you can refill from the lake. Bring purification tables, a Pristine water purification kit or your preferred method of purification.

Personal Gear: Please see and review the gear list at the link below.
PERSONAL GEAR LIST LINK: http://bit.ly/SfMqsy

We had some footwear problems on the last trip (A badly sprained ankle) and some broken sandals that caused it. So please make sure bring 2 types of shoes for the trip, a pair to wear while paddling/portaging that has some ankle support and will get wet during the day and a dry pair for the campsite at night.

Friday, Aug 1st

Leave for Temagami in the evening after work, pick up rentals on the way up or arrange to have your boats delivered (More expensive) to the Red Squirrel Rd access point (Access Point #3 on your adventure map). Arrive at the red squirrel lake parking lot around 11pm-Midnight & camp for the night in the parking lot.

Sat Aug, 2nd

· Up at 7:30, Eat Breakfast and be on the water for 9am.

· Paddle to first portage (3.5km)

· Portage to Ferguson Bay (600m)

o Stop and admire small waterfall just off the portage trail

· Paddle up small river to Ferguson Bay, Cross the bay to North arm Portage (4.5km)

· Portage to North Arm (760m)

o OPTIONAL: Walk to the top of Mt Napoleon for a visa view of the area

· Trail/Canoe Lunch

· Paddle to Diamond Lake portage (6km)

· Portage to Diamond Lake (70m)

· Camp on eastern side of Diamond Lake

Total Paddle Distance: 14km
Total Portage Distance: 1430m

Sun Aug 3rd

· Up at 7:30, Eat Breakfast and be on the water for 9am.

· Paddle to first portage to Wakimika Lake (11km)

· Portage 300m “Boulder Hop” portage

· Portage 400m portage

· Lunch

· Paddle to Wakimika River (5.5km)

· Paddle Wakimika River to Obabika Lake (4km)

· Paddle To Old Growth Trails (2km)

· Hike old growth trails (1-2km)

· Paddle to campsite on eastern side of Obabika (3-4km)

Total Paddle Distance: 25-26km
Total Portage Distance: 900m

Mon Aug 4th

· Sleep in / Lazy Morning!

· On the water for 10-11am

· Paddle to Obabika Inlet Portage (4km)

· Portage to Obabika Inlet (870m)

· Paddle to Devil Bay portage (7.5km)

· Portage to Devil Bay (570M)

· Paddle to Devil Mountain (6km)

· Camp in Devils Bay OR optional portage to Kokoko Lake (670m)

Total Paddle Distance: 17.5km
Total Portage Distance: 1440 (OPTIONAL: 670m)

Tues Aug 5th

· Up at 7:30, Eat Breakfast and be on the water for 9am.

· Paddle to Red Squirrel Portage (11km)

· Portage to Red squirrel (600m)

· Paddle to parking lot (4km)

· Pack up, head to town – each lunch

· Head to Temagami Tower

· Climb the tower

· Return Rentals, Head home

Total Paddle Distance: 15km
Total Portage Distance: 600m

######## --------LOCAL OUTFITTERS---------#########

Algonquin Outfitters – Huntsville, ON –[masked]

This may be the best option for most, they should be open until 8pm on Fri night (Please call to confirm) and you can request pick up your boat at their downtown Huntsville location.

Expedition Kevlar 16’ (Swift Algonquin) $29.00/Day
Expedition Kevlar 17’ (Swift Algonquin) $30.00/Day

Smoothwater Temagami N, ON-[masked] - [masked]

I have used them several times; they are also north of town closer to Red Squirrel Rd. You may be able to arrange to pick up of a boat on your way through town late on Fri night. Call to find out if that is possible at such a late hour.

They charge $200 to deliver boats to our access point. If multiple people rent from here you could share that cost.

Standard 16' or 17' kevlar canoe (60 to 64 lb) - $25/day
Extra-light 16' kevlar canoe (less than 55 lb) - $32/day

Temagami Outfitters -

Call to find out about pickup or delivery options. May not be open past 5pm on Fri.

Ultralight Kevlar Epoxy Canoes
16' Quetico 42lbs $38.98 per day
17' Quetico 44lbs $39.98 per day

Standard Expedition Kevlar Canoes: 52–65lbs $32.98 per day
14' Solo Canoe Kevlar Ultralight: 33lbs $31.98 per day

Gear/Boat/Ride Sharing

Use this google doc to arrange any carpooling, gear sharing or to find a paddling partner.


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  • Rob C.

    Hi Ken - I did etransfer and sent you an email.

    July 22, 2014

    • Ken R

      There is a Temagami map available at lost outdoors stores for about $4. I prefer the adventure maps. They are around $15. If you are renting from an outfitter in Temagami They will have plenty of maps arable for purchase I'm sure.

      July 30, 2014

    • Ken R


      July 30, 2014

  • Victor

    Hi Ken. How about a meetup before the actual event. I am still looking for a paddling partner. and it will be a good way to know each other.

    July 27, 2014

    • Ken R

      The best way to find a boat partner is to keep your eye on the spreadsheet. It looks like Rob also need a a partner.

      July 27, 2014

    • Ken R

      Did you connect with Rob?

      July 30, 2014

  • Ann R.

    Hurrah for round 2!!

    July 21, 2014

  • Victor

    I am in and I have updated the spreadsheet.

    July 19, 2014

    • Ken R

      Great! Please RSVP or etransfer the park fees to confirm your spot!

      July 19, 2014

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