Temagami: Duncanson Lake to Lake Temagami (Sandy Inlet), via Lady Evelyn River and Diamond Lake (6 days / 60 km)

This trip hits some of my favourite places and views of the Temagami Area. It starts in some semi-recent burn that has started to regrow, and takes you through both Lady Evelyn-Smoothwater and Obabika River Provincial Parks. This is not a trip for the faint of heart, or for the inexperienced. It has many portages, quite a few of them long and/or challenging, but is very worth the effort. 

We were a group of six, which normally would be fine, but only two of us were particularly experienced, which posed quite the challenge and made the trip much harder than it had to be. Make sure you’re really good friends with the people you’re doing this with, and that you’re confident in their abilities. Please read the “Reflections” section, because there are a great many things that I would do differently, but it is still one of my favourite routes.

Trip Completed: September 2023

Trip Summary

Starting Point: Duncanson Lake

Ending Point: Sandy Inlet

Total Distance: 60 km

Number of Portages: 22

Duration: 6 days

Difficulty: Advanced

Location: This route is northwest of the town of Temagami, but the closest community to the put-in is Elk Lake. 

Traditional Territory: This route travels through the traditional territories of the Teme-Augama Anishinabe, Cree, and Algonquin people. 

Maps & Resources

Guidebook: No guidebook was used.

Map: Jeff’s Temagami Map

Note from Mikaela: We're in the middle of adding Temagami to the Route Planner. Once it's done, we will add an interactive map to this trip report with campsites and portages labelled.

Permits & Reservations

Campsite Reservations: Campsites are on a first-come, first-served basis. We did not have any issues with finding sites.

Permits: You do need Interior Camping permits for the nights that you are spending in the Lady Evelyn-Smoothwater (in this report, nights 1 to 4 were in the park, and night 5 was on crown land).

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