Temagami: Kukagami Lake – Sturgeon River Loop (6 days / 165 km)

Temagami: Kukagami Lake to Sturgeon River

The Sturgeon River Loop is a perfect loop trip for those looking for a combination of beautiful lake travel and exciting whitewater rapids. Located in the southwest portion of the Temagami wilderness, this route passes through some of the most beautiful terrain the province has to offer. The chain of lakes heading north includes both Chiniguchi Lake and Wolf Lake, both of which have stunning granite outcroppings that resemble that of Killarney’s La Cloche Mountains. The Sturgeon River boasts gorgeous waterfalls and Class I to II rapids perfect for water play. The river changes character further south, into a swift strewn meandering river with sand cliffs reaching up to 100ft. This route is best accomplished in the spring when the water is high for a more enjoyable run down the Sturgeon. However, I do believe the river is still navigable throughout the entire season. 

Trip Summary

Starting Point: Sportsman's Lodge, Kukagami Lake

Ending Point: Sportsman's Lodge, Kukagami Lake

Total Distance: 165 km

Duration: 6 days (could be done between 6 and 11)

Difficulty: Intermediate 


This route is located in the southwestern Temagami region. Part of the route is on Ontario Crown Land while part of it is in Sturgeon River Provincial Park.

Tradition Territory: This route in Temagami is on the traditional territory of the Anishinabewaki, Cree and Omàmìwininìwag (Algonquin) (source).

Maps & Resources

Guidebook: Kevin Callan’s Top 50 Canoe Routes of Ontario

Map: Regional Topographic Maps and Friends of Temagami Adventure Planning Map 

The following digital Ottertooth maps are helpful for planning as well:

Sportsman's Lodge / Donald Lake / Maskinonge Lake

Matagamasi Lake / Wolf Lake / Chiniguchi Lake

Kellys' Farm Portage & Surrounding Area

Sturgeon River Map

Campsite Reservations: N/A - All permits are first come first serve.

Permits: Permits can be purchased at Sportsman's Lodge or r...

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