Sandy Inlet to Lake Temagami via Diamond Lake and Obabika Lake (5 days / 66 km)

This trip is an absolute classic of the Temagami area for a reason. Super laid-back, with only a few easy portages over the course of the trip, but with some of the most beautiful views that you’ll find.

It takes you from the north end of Lake Temagami into Obabika River Provincial Park, through the impressive old growth of the Wakimika Triangle, before returning you to Lake Temagami. It’s one of the most well-known trips in the area, but it has that title for a reason and shouldn’t be discounted because of it. 

Trip Completed: September 2020

Trip Summary

Starting PointSandy InletEnding PointThe end of the Lake Temagami Access Road (Access Point #8 on Jeff’s Map)Duration5 days / 4 nightsDifficultyIntermediateTotal Distance66 kmPortaging Distance3.4 kmNumber of Portages6

Location: This route is west of the town of Temagami.

Traditional Territory: This route travels through the traditional territories of the Teme-Augama Anishinabe, Cree, and Algonquin people. 

Maps & Resources

Map: Jeff’s Temagami Map

Permits & Reservations

Campsite Reservations: Campsites are on a first come, first served basis, but we did not have any issues with finding sites.

Permits: You will need Interior Camping permits for any nights you spend in Obabika River Provincial Park. For us, that was only night 2, but if you adjust the pacing at all you might have another night. 

Know Before You Go

Season: This is my favourite time of year to paddle in this area. It is a little less busy than July and August, not yet as cold as it gets in October, but most of the bugs have already died off.

Cell Reception: I did not check to see if there was cell reception, but based on other trips near there I would say that the only places you could possibly get service would be the top of the hill that the “Napoleon” portage goes past, or maybe the top of the Fire Tower Trail at the Ranger Point campsite. One of the guys on this trip went...

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