Algonquin Provincial Park: Lake Opeongo to Canoe Lake via Hogan Lake (6 days/ 90 km)

This route has you crossing the largest lake in Algonquin Park, Lake Opeongo, providing an opportunity for many trippers to enter some less-travelled areas of the park. Paddlers may also opt for a water taxi service (Algonquin Outfitters) to rocket them and their gear to the North Arm of Opeongo (or any part of the lake). The paddle up Opeongo is approximately 16 km from the access point to the top of the North Arm, and you should allow yourself a full day (6-8 hrs) to complete this in case of poor weather conditions.

You will also traverse the beautiful Big Crow – Hogan portage, aka “The Hogan”, one of the longest and most infamous maintained portages in Algonquin, as you enter the northernmost point of this route. The long, quiet Lake LaMuir offers trippers some of the best sunrise and sunset views in the park. Conditions in Otterslide Creek can vary depending on water levels. Paddlers should expect low water conditions as well as several small beaver dams which must be hauled over.

Trip Completed: July 2019

Trip Summary

Starting Point: Lake Opeongo

Ending Point: Canoe Lake

Total Distance: 90 km (total of 11.6 km of portaging)

Duration: 6 days / 5 nights

Difficulty: Intermediate

Location: Route travels through the Central-North area of Algonquin Park. Trip begins at Opeongo Lake and ends at Canoe Lake.

Traditional Territory: This route in Algonquin Provincial Park is located on the traditional territory of the Omàmìwininìwag (Algonquin) and Anishinabewaki (source).

Maps & Resources

Map: The Adventure Map Algonquin 1: Corridor North

Interactive Route Map: Click here to view and edit this route using the Canoe Route Planner

Permits & Reservations

Reservations: Reservations can be made through the Ontario Parks reservation portal. Reserving a campsite on the lake (online or by phone) means one of the sites on that lake is reserved for you. You may not reserve a specific site. First c...

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