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Gogama, Ontario - Canoe Routes

These three canoe routes are no longer maintained by the Ministry of Natural Resources and they do not provide maps for these. The condition of these routes is unknown and are shown on this website for information purposes only.

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4M CIRCLE CANOE ROUTE INFORMATION3M map route link

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West Branch Access:
Dividing Lake is the starting point for the 4M Circle canoe route.

Located off Hwy 144, 2 kilometers north of Highway 560, a gravel road on the west side leads to a pivotal access point in the 4M canoe route and vehicles may be left at this site.

At the end of Mesomikenda lake, the route may be completed in either of 2 ways. By continuing northeast, the route is completed at the Wizard Lake access point. By traveling south, the route is completed at it's starting point on Dividing Lake.

The first part of the west branch consists of a series of lakes varying in size. The lakes are interconnected via nine portages and a series of channels of variable depth and current strength.

East Branch Access:
The east side of the 4M Circle Canoe route begins at Dividing Lake access point. Vehicles may be left there and the route can be completed as a loop.

Canoes should be put in the water on the north side of the culverts on the Dividing Lake access road. This is the Mollie river which varies in depth and has the occasional large, submerged boulder. After the culverts, the route passes under Hwy 144. There is a small set of rapids on the river. They are easy to chute during high water levels; however, the canoe may have to be lined in shallow water.

Ministry of Natural Resources, Ontario Government Complex, 5520 Hwy 101 East. P.O. Box 3090 South Porcupine Ontario P0N 1H0 Telephone : 705-894-1300


NABAKWASI CANOE ROUTE INFORMATION

Option #1: Start at Gogama and finish at Togo Access. Total distance of 50 kilometers with a completion time of 3-4 days.Gogama Ontario - northern Ontario canoe routes3M map route link

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Option #2: Start at Gogama and finish at start point in Gogama. Total distance of 62 kilometers with a completion time of 3 – 5 days

Starting Point: The route begins in Gogama at the Minisinakwa Lake access point turning left off Hwy 661 on Minisinakwa Road located at the entrance to town. There is room to park vehicles at the access point. As you depart from the access point, head north-east towards the two large islands located in the middle of the lake, continue past them until you reach the entrance to the Noble River which heads south-east.

Ministry of Natural Resources, Ontario Government Complex, 5520 Hwy 101 East. P.O. Box 3090 South Porcupine Ontario P0N 1H0 Telephone : 705-894-1300


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SPANISH RIVER CANOE ROUTE INFORMATION

The route may be stated in two places, depending which branch of the river is to be run. The East branch of the river commences at the north-east end of Duke Lake. This branch has less portages and is approximately 27 kilometers shorter. The West branch starts at Biscotasi Lake in the town of Biscotasing. Choosing this route, more white water is encountered, and with that, more portages. This is considered to be the more difficult route. The East branch and West branch join at the Forks.

East Branch:
Duke Lake is accessible from Highway 144, via a 1.6 kilometer gravel road. The route may be divided into two parts. The first part consists of a series of 12 interconnected lakes that flow into the main channel. The second part consists of a river channel with a series of rapids and portages. These rapids range from easily navigable to difficult or almost impossible (Graveyard Rapids).

West Branch:
The town of Biscotasing can be reached from the intersection of Highway 144 and 560 which going West changes into the Ramsey road.

This haul road is followed for 39 kilometers going West to an intersection with a small sign pointing left to Biscotasing. The road leading to Biscotasing Lake is 29.6 kilometers in length. This route may also be divided in two parts. The first consisting of Biscotasi Lake and the second of the West Spanish River channel.

Ministry of Natural Resources, Ontario Government Complex, 5520 Hwy 101 East. P.O. Box 3090 South Porcupine Ontario P0N 1H0 Telephone : 705-894-1300

 

 
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