Noganosh Lake Provincial Park: Pickerel River to Noganosh Lake (4 days / 35 km)

Noganosh Lake Provincial Park is a non-operating provincial park approximately 4 hours north of Toronto, just south of Lake Nipissing and the French River, and directly north from Magnetawan River Provincial Park. Non-operating means that the area is protected by the same laws and regulations as a provincial park, but does not have any dedicated facilities (visitor center, parking lots, etc.) or staff. This means portages and campsites are not officially maintained, but it also means no permits are required to visit. 

The park consists of almost entirely flat water, with a small amount of bog/marsh paddling in the north along Smokey Creek.

We discovered the route in Kevin Callan’s book “Top 50 Canoe Routes of Ontario”, which describes it as “obscure with short portages, pristine campsites, and unbelievable fishing”. We were drawn to the fact that none of us had visited the park before, that it had relatively easy access from the highway, few portages, and could be explored over the course of a long weekend.

This is an excellent trip if you are looking to bring someone portaging for the first time, or you are only looking to get away for a weekend. Be aware though, that since there are no permits to enter or stay in the park, it has the potential of getting busy over long weekends and holidays.

Trip Summary

Starting Point: Pickerel River

Ending Point: Pickerel River

Total Distance: 35 km

Duration: 4 days / 3 nights

Difficulty: Easy


Noganosh Lake Provincial Park is located south of Lake Nipissing and to the southeast of French River Provincial Park.

Traditional Territory: Noganosh Lake Provincial Park lies on the traditional territory of the Mississauga and Anishinabewaki (source).

Maps & Resources

Guidebook: Top 50 Canoe Routes of Ontario by Kevin Callan

Map: Canadian Topographic Map 41-H/16

Note: The topographic map does not give any indication of where campsites are located, although the s...

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