Spanish River: Duke Lake to Agnew Lake (7 days / 145 km)

Sailing adventure in Spanish River Duke Lake to Agnew Lak

The Spanish River is an iconic heritage river north. From Duke Lake and Biscotasing Lake, it flows south, meeting at The Forks before continuing south to empty into Georgian Bay. This gives the river a 'Y' shape and means you can either paddle the East Branch or the West Branch, which share similarities but offer two different experiences.

We paddled the East Branch from Duke Lake to Agnew Lake over 7 days. We experienced beautiful scenery and a variety of campsites, some whitewater and only one real portage. Overall it was a fantastic trip and here is the report!

Trip Completed: June - July 2021

Trip Summary

Starting Point: Duke Lake

Ending Point: Agnew Lake Lodge

Total Distance: 149 km

Duration: 7 days / 6 nights

Difficulty: Beginner (suitable for beginner whitewater paddlers with sufficient canoe tripping experience, as all major rapids can be portaged around)

Location: This route takes place in Spanish River Provincial Park. The put-in on Duke Lake is a 1.5-hour drive from Sudbury, the nearest city and a good place to stop if you need to pick up any last minute gear or groceries. The take-out on Agnew Lake is an hour from Sudbury and a short drive to the small town of Espanola.

Traditional Territory: This route passes through the traditional territory of Cree, Anishinabewaki, Michif Piyii (Métis) and Mississauga (source).

Maps & Resources

Guidebook: No guidebook was used.

Map: Chrismar Adventure Map - Spanish River. The map has a lot of details about route planning and features along the river, however, it doesn't have the rapids classified.

Interactive Route Map: Click here to view and edit this route using the Canoe Route Planner

Permits & Reservations

Campsite Reservations / Permits: It is necessary to do a backcountry camping registration through Ontario Parks. When you complete the registration, you'll be able to select which 'Zone' you plan to camp in each night. The rive...

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