Temagami: Iceland Lake to Lake Temagami (Sandy Inlet), via Wasaksina Lake and Kokoko Lake (5 days / 58 km)

Trip Report - Iceland-Lake Temagami

This trip hits some absolutely beautiful lakes in the Temagami area, with plenty of opportunities for relaxation and hanging out. Wasaksina and Cross Lakes are both very peaceful, and while you briefly head back out into the busy crowded hub near Temagami Island, you are fairly soon back in the quiet seclusion provided by Kokoko Bay. This trip was slower-paced, with the goal to spend a fair amount of time relaxing at the campsites and fishing. 

Trip Completed: September 2022

Trip Summary

Starting PointIceland Lake (Access Point 7 on Jeff’s Map)Ending PointSandy InletDuration5 daysDifficultyBeginnerTotal Distance58 kmPortaging Distance4,095 mNumber of Portages6

Location: This route is near the town of Temagami.

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

Maps & Resources

Map: Jeff’s Temagami Map

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 not need any permits for the areas you pass through on this trip. 

Know Before You Go

Season: This is my favourite time of year to paddle in this area. It is a little less busy than July and August, not yet as cold as it gets in October, but most of the bugs have already died off.

Cell Reception: Cell reception is inconsistent in this area. I don’t bother checking when I’m out there, but you can be pretty confident that the smaller lakes will not have any service. The only place you might find it would be near Ferguson Mountain, or if you climbed to the top of it. 

Water: Once treated, all of the water that you are paddling through is fine to drink.

Wildlife: There are many different kinds of wildlife in the area, but we did not have any specific incidents. There are black bears, beavers, otters, as well as many other rodents and small creatures. 


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