Musquash River: Ragged Rapids to Gray Falls (2 days / 19 km)

My husband and I each grew up at camp doing many a canoe trip, first as campers & then later as leaders. But those experiences were long ago & far away, our excursions since becoming adults/parents have slowed up something fierce. We typically opt to paddle our lake with a fishing rod or taking a quick portage for a picnic lunch in an inhabited lake just past ours.

That is, until now.  A global pandemic certainly helps you take stock of time; what you love & what’s important. It was because of this that we decided to take our teenage kids on a “starter” canoe trip and show them how to canoe & how much fun it can be. I have to say, it was one of the best ideas we have ever had. 

Trip Summary

Starting Point: Ragged Rapids Rd (just after the dam)

Ending Point: Small Landing off the road from Iroquois Cranberry Growers (you can drive to this location for pick up) 

Total Distance: 19 km (13 km down and 6 km back up to the take out) 

Duration: 4 days (2 paddling days + 2 rest days)

Difficulty: Beginner


This route is located near the Muskoka Lake, east of Georgian Bay. The nearest town is Bala.

Traditional Territory: This route takes place on the traditional territory of the Anishinabewaki, Mississauga and Wendake-Nionwentsïo (source). It directly passes through the Wahta Mohawk Territory.

Maps & Resources

Map: Canada Topographic Map 31 E/4 - Lake Joseph

Campsite Reservations: This route takes place on Ontario Crown Land so campsite reservation / camping permits are not required.

Outfitters & Shuttles

The trip starts and ends at different places and we had a family member drive us to the put-in / pick us up from the take-out. Note that parking in this area is tricky. If you have two cars you could easily do a self-shuttle. The nearest outfitters are Moon River Cottages and Swift Canoe & Kayak.

Note from Mikaela: I've done this route too, and we were ...

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