Dumoine River: Lac Benoit to Ottawa River (5 days / 72 km)

A beautiful view of upcoming water in Dumoine River

The Dumoine River is an excellent whitewater river in the Upper Ottawa Valley. The river has tons of runnable Class II and Class III rapids, so should only be paddled by intermediate canoeists; at least a couple of paddlers should be versed in whitewater rescue techniques.

The Dumoine River only has one long portage (around Grand Chute), however there are a few ledges to portage around or line. Overall, this is a very fun river and between the three sisters (the Dumoine, Noire and Coulonge rivers), the Dumoine is my favourite.

Trip Completed: October 2020

Trip Summary

Starting PointLac Benoit (km 64)Ending PointDam on the Ottawa RiverDuration5 days / 4 nightsDifficultyAdvancedTotal Distance72 kmTotal Portaging Distance1.4 kmNumber of Portages5Number of Rapids19

Location: The Dumoine River is located north of the Ottawa River. The closest town is Deep River.

Traditional Territory: The Dumoine River is located on the traditional territory of Omàmìwininìwag (Algonquin).

Maps & Resources

Guidebook: Rivers of the Upper Ottawa Valley by Hap Wilson

Map: 31 K/13 Lac Dumoine, 31 K/12 Lac Russel, 31 K/5 Lac du Pinceau, 31 K/4 Rolphton. There is a free copy of the topographical maps from Carte Plein Air that you can download here.

Permits & Reservations

Campsite Reservations: Campsites are first-come-first-serve. I believe you need to check in with the ZEC office to pay a fee prior to starting your trip, however this was handled by our shuttle driver.

Outfitters & Shuttles

Outfitter: We had our own gear so we did not need an outfitter. I'm not sure of any outfitters that service the Dumoine River specifically.

Shuttle: We had our shuttle done by Noel Leclerc, who is based out of Centrale des Joachims, a small village on the Quebec side of the Ottawa River. It looks like he is no longer doing shuttles, but Dumoine Valley Guides do. Their prices and contact information is here.

He drove us and our canoes to...

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