Algonquin Provincial Park: Lake Opeongo Loop (8 days / 101 km)

Trip Reports - Lake Opeongo - Calm morning on Whiskey Jack

Algonquin Park is my favourite destination. This flatwater paddle starting on Lake Opeongo encountered strong winds creating waves that can make crossing the bay dangerous, but the route gave us enough flexibility that we could wait out the worst of it. The trip offered opportunities for stargazing, fishing, swimming and a few sunny days to enjoy the a sandy beach. The portages were overall not difficult and very scenic. Whiskey Jack Lake is incredibly beautiful with clear water that has a greenish tinge. It's one of the few green headwater lakes in the park fed from an underground spring.

Trip Completed: July 2023

Trip Summary

Starting Point: Opeongo Lake 45.63573, -78.36002

Ending Point: Opeongo Lake

Total Paddling Distance: 101 km

Total Portaging Distance: 16975 m

Duration: 8 days

Difficulty: Intermediate

Location: Algonquin Provincial Park

Traditional Territory: This route takes place on the traditional territory of the Anishinabewaki and Huron/Wendat Peoples.

Maps & Resources

Map: Official Canoe Routes Map of Algonquin Park

Canoe Route Planner: Click here to view and edit this route in the interactive canoe route planner

Permits & Reservations

Campsite Reservations: Reservations are required by lake and you can book through the Ontario Parks reservation portal.

Permits: As of 2020, Ontario Parks allows you to print permits at home.

Outfitters & Shuttles

Outfitter: Originally we drove to the start, but had to return to town on the second day and booked a water taxi from Algonquin Outfitters to get us back to the campsite.

Trip Report

Day 1: Opeongo Lake Access Point to Opeongo Lake North Arm (15.6 km)

This trip report starts with a misadventure.

I left Ottawa early on the morning of the 34th birthday, set for a trip that would bring my brother and I from Canoe Lake to Cedar Lake (via the Nipissing, connected from north of Whiskey Jack) to Opeongo.

We met at Opeong...

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