The Magnetawan (lovingly called the Mag) is a prime southern Ontario river to run for those who want to push their whitewater skills, dust off the rust before a big trip, or try a cool route that’s not too far away, yet can still feel remote.
There are loads of fun sets, cliff jumping opportunities, waterfalls, and awesome fishing. In low water conditions, there are a lot of pin rocks, and at high water, the Mag transforms into a raging river with very powerful features.
There are a number of access points along the route, allowing you to alter the route as you’d like. Generally speaking, this route has a few longer sets / portages that can be time-consuming, but overall the days are on the shorter side.
Starting Point: Ahmic Bay, put in at the Swiss Country House
Ending Point: Georgian Bay, take out river right at the Trailer Park
Total Distance: 74 km
Duration: 7 days
Gauge: We paddled the river at around 30 cm/s, but in the spring time flows can reach 300 cm/s (you can see Real-Time Hydrometric Data at Stats Canada).
The Magnetawan River flows through a mix of a non-operating provincial park, as well as crown land, private land, and conservation areas. Campsites and trails are all user-maintained, so please leave them cleaner than you found them and follow all Leave No Trace principles. Campsites don’t require permits and are first come first served.
Maps & Resources
Guidebook: I am not aware of a guidebook for this route.
Map: Canadian Topographic Maps: 17T 31 E/12 (Map 1), 17T 41 H/9 (Map 2), 17T 41 H/16 (Map 3) - You can find more info on topographic maps here.
Campsite Reservations: None.
Outfitters & Shuttles
Outfitters: There aren’t too many outfitters in the immediate area, although MHO Adventures offers canoe rentals and shuttle services, and Algonquin Outfitters in Huntsville offers canoe rentals as well.
Shuttle: We used our own gear an...
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