Northwestern Ontario: Teggau Lake Loop (5 days / 54 km)

Experimental Lakes: Teggau Lake Loop

This is one of the many delightful canoe routes in the Experimental Lakes Area of Northwest Ontario. We took the classic Winnange Lake loop and extended it with a side trip into Teggau Lake, which was well worth the extra kilometres. Waterfalls, soaring cliffs, long beaches, and pictographs can all be found on this route.  

Trip Summary

Starting Point: Lower Stewart (49.806940, -93.783939)

Ending Point: Lower Stewart

This route starts and ends at a small staging area on Experimental Lakes Road, south of the Trans-Canada Highway. The staging area is marked by a small bridge with parking available on the east side of the road before and after the bridge.

Total Distance: ~54 km

Duration: 5 days / 4 nights

Difficulty: Intermediate

Trip Completed: June 2020

Location: The northern part of the route is largely within Winnange Lake Provincial Park.

Tradition Territory: This route is in Anishnaabe and Treaty No. 3 territory in the Experimental Lakes Area of Northwest Ontario.

Maps & Resources

Guidebook: N/A

Map: Topographical Maps 52 F/12, F/13

Reservations & Permits

Campsite Reservations / Permits: No permits or reservations are needed for this trip.

Outfitters & Shuttles

Outfitter: Gear can be rented from Winnipeg or Kenora; we rented one of our canoes from Winnipeg Canoe Rentals.

Shuttle: This route is a loop so it does not require shuttle service.

Trip Report

Day 1: Lower Stewart Lake to Manomin Lake (8 km)

We left Winnipeg in the early afternoon and arrived at the put-in spot on Lower Stewart Lake by about 5:00 pm. The drive from Winnipeg to the put-in point is around three hours. Keep a close watch for the turnoff onto Experimental Lakes Road on the south side of the Trans-Canada Highway. You will see a sign for the Experimental Lakes Area marking the turnoff. 

The paddle from Lower Stewart to Manomin is relatively short and straightforward. It is punctuated by ...

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