The Manigotagan River is a popular entry-level whitewater trip that takes paddlers through the rugged Canadian Shield and into the boreal transition zone over the course of 65 km. There are many rapids and well-established portages. This river is mainly Class I-II rapids, with some must-portage waterfalls. We paddled this river over four days in mid-September. We saw no other paddlers. Water levels were low, but the rapids were still runnable and fun.
Trip Completed: September 2020
Starting Point: Quesnel Lake (Q Lake Lodge)
Ending Point: Town of Manigotagan, Wood Falls
Total Distance: 50 km
Duration: 4 days, 3 nights
The Manigotagan River is part of Manigotagan River Provincial Park, adjacent to Nopiming Provincial Park, located in eastern Manitoba.
Traditional Territory: This route on the Manigotagan River is on the traditional territory of the Anishinabewaki (source).
Maps & Resources
Guidebook: Manitoba Eco Network offers a list of campsites and rapids, with pictures and descriptions:
Overview MapList of campsiteList of rapids
Garner Lake 52L/14Manigotagan Lake 52L/13Bissett 52M/4English Brook 62P/1
Campsite Reservations / Permits: No campsite reservation or permits are needed.
Outfitters & Shuttles
Shuttle services are offered by C&M Shuttle in Manigotagan. At the time of writing, shuttling a personal vehicle costs $120. They can also provide canoe rentals.
There are fully guided six-day trips offered by Twin River Travel.
Day 1: Quesnel Lake to Turtle Falls (12 km)
We left Winnipeg around 7:00 am. We met our shuttle, operated by former river steward Charles Simard, in Manigotagan and drove to Quesnel Lake (about an hour of driving past Manigotagan - the last 15 km is on a rough trail, but passable without 4WD). We put in around 11:30 am.
We ran some small swifts and a short drop before the Wendigo Falls portage ...
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