Pukaskwa National Park: Hattie Cove to Michipicoten River (10 days / 170 km)

The magnificence of Lake Superior in all its wild, rugged, isolated beauty is perfectly captured along this section of coastline. Ten days allows for a relaxed pace, and due to possible stormbound days, builds in some flexibility, key for safety and enjoyment. 

Trip Completed: July 2020

Trip Summary

Starting Point: Hattie Cove on Lake Superior 

Ending Point: Michipicoten River 

Total Distance: 170 km

Duration: 10 days 

Difficulty: Advanced


The trip follows the north shore of Lake Superior, starting in Pukaskwa National Park, located at the end of Highway 627, 13 km south of Trans Canada Highway 17 close to Marathon, and ending at the Michipicoten River near Wawa, Ontario.

Traditional Territory: This route takes place on the traditional territory of Michif Piyii (Métis) and Anishinabewaki (source).

Maps & Resources

Guidebook: Pukaskwa National Park Backcountry Paddling Guide

Map: The Adventure Map: Pukaskwa National Park, and Canadian topographic maps

Campsite Reservations: Campsites located within Pukaskwa National Park require permits. Permits can be booked through Parks Canada and are booked for specific sections of the park (i.e. "North").

Once past the park boundaries, camping on Crown Land is free of charge to Canadian residents. Non-resident Crown Land Camping Permit Information.

Outfitters & Shuttles 

Naturally Superior Adventures is located at the mouth of the Michipicoten River south of Wawa, where we camped the night prior to starting our trip. The next day an employee of NSA accompanied us to Hattie Cove (2.5 hrs) and then returned our vehicle to the public parking area beside NSA, the endpoint of our trip.

Trip Report

Day 1: Paddle from Hattie Cove to Willow River (12 km)

Early afternoon on the 28th of June, we paddle through the gap that separates the cove from the main body of the lake. This is unnerving as we know the shelter o...

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