Spanish River – West Branch: Sinker Creek to Agnew Lake (5 days / 130 km)

The Spanish River is a beautiful river west of Sudbury with two branches: east and west. The west branch features stunning forests on ancient bedrock, exciting white water, and beautiful campsites. A scenic train ride brings you to your input along the river where you’ll enjoy class 1-3 white water that has been traveled by first nations for thousands of years. This river has clearly marked and well-traveled portages with plenty of wildlife to watch for. 

Trip Completed: September 2020

Trip Summary

Starting Point: Sinker Creek 

Ending Point: Agnew Lake 

Total Distance: ~130km 

Duration: 5 days 

Difficulty: Intermediate 

Location: This route takes place in Spanish River Provincial Park and moves south toward Agnew Lake. The nearest town is Sudbury.

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

Maps & Resources

Guidebook: None

Map: Chrismar Adventure Map - Spanish River

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

Permits & Reservations

Campsite Reservations: No campsite reservations are needed.

Permits: You must book an interior camping permit. You go do so through the Ontario Parks Reservation System (select "Backcountry Reservation" on the far right).

Outfitters & Shuttles

The put-in is a train stop called Sinker on the VIA Rail Line. You can take the train with your canoe and gear to the put-in.

Angew Lake Lodge provides parking at the endpoint and a shuttle service for a fee, however I did not use their shuttle service.  

Trip Report

Day 1: Sinker Creek to Upper Athlone Rapids (22 km)

Trip began with a rainy morning train ride to Sinker Creek. This quickly connects to the Spanish River.

Within 1 km you’ll encounter a small rapid and swift followed by the much bigger Hook Ra...

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