Algonquin Provincial Park: Rock Lake to Clydegale Lake Loop (4 days / 35 km)

inspiring point of Algonquin Rock Lake

I’ve always thought I’d enjoy canoe tripping and found it surprising to me that I'd never actually done it. Winter during a global pandemic proved to be a great time to go down the research rabbit hole and plan a trip.

The journey, I think, started with a YouTube search for outdoor/camping meals, yielding many awesome videos and channels related to backpacking and then eventually led to two of my favourites - Chris Prouse’s channel (amazing Algonquin videos) and Shug (for all things hammocking). And then I was into all kinds of resources, including Voyageur Tripper.

Come early spring, I’d decided I was going to make the leap and plan a trip for the end of the summer. I chose the Rock-Pen-Clydegale-Pen-Galeairy-Rock loop based on a few factors; accessibility is probably top of the list. Turns out I was right, I did really enjoy canoe tripping, and particularly the solitude of a solo trip. 

Trip Completed: September 2021

Trip Summary

Starting Point: Rock Lake Access Point 9

Ending Point: Rock Lake Access Point 9

Total Distance: 35 km according to the map, but 55 km total paddled including side trips (Google). 2,785 m total portages (all double carried, 8.4 km total walked on portage trails) plus a 275 m portage hike (Pen to Galipo River, 550 m total)

Duration: 4 days, 3 nights

Difficulty: Beginner

Location: This route is located in Algonquin Provincial Park, south of Highway 60.

Traditional Territory: This route takes place on the traditional territory of Omàmìwininìwag (Algonquin), Anishinabewaki ᐊᓂᔑᓈᐯᐗᑭ (source).

Maps & Resources

Guidebook: A Paddler’s Guide to Algonquin Park, Kevin Callan; 3rd edition

Maps: Adventure Map Algonquin 3 Corridor South and 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: Reserved are required in A...

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