Rain Lake to Islet and McCraney Lake Loop (4 days / 24 km)

Rain Lake to Islet and McCraney Lake

This was the 7th annual canoe trip for our family. My brothers and I have been taking our kids on a canoe trip every year since they were between 3 and 9 years old. After 7 years we wanted a trip that would allow them to practice their canoe skills while still upping the challenge. 

We started at Rain Lake, the west of Algonquin was new ground for everyone, and travelled through a couple of portages to spend two nights on Islet Lake. Our third day required a few portaging, improving everyone’s stamina, then into McCraney Lake for our third night. We left the ‘challenge’ for the last day in the form of a 1.8 km portage, our largest yet, back to Rain Lake and home. We had a little rain, but were prepared for it, and the days were a little cooler than typical July weather.

Trip Completed: July 2023

Loading up after the last portage (1.8km)Pancake Competition - Spot the MushroomIslet Lake Campsite - drying after the rainIslet Site - After heavy rain - drying firewoodIslet Site - Many Fungi and Mushrooms after a wet June and JulyMcCraney Lake CampsiteCampsite on Islet - bears, but not recentlyLifting over the Beaver Dam 1

Trip Summary

Location: This route is located on west site of Algonquin Provincial Park, near Kearney, ON

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

Maps & Resources

Guidebook: None

Map: Planned and navigated using a topo map and a 2021/2022 Friends of Algonquin Park Official Algonquin Provincial Park Map.

Route Planner: Click here to view and modify this route using the interactive route planner

Permits & Reservations

Campsite Reservations: Book your campsites on the Ontario Parks Reservation System. In Algonquin Provincial Park you book by lake not by specific campsite and you can book up to 5 months in advance of the start of your trip. Once you get there, sites for your lake are first come first served. 


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