Temagami: Wanapetei to Diamond Lake via Lady Evelyn River (8 days / 108 km)

A beautiful view of Temagami Diamond Lake

A portage crazed adventure paddling through big lakes and small rivers with beautiful sights to offer the whole way. 

Trip Completed: September 2020

Summary

Starting Point: Red Squirrel Road Ferguson Bay just past Wanapitei Camp

Ending Point: Red Squirrel Road Ferguson Bay just past Wanapitei Camp

Total Distance: 108 km (82 km paddling + 18 km portaging + 8 km hiking)

Number of days: 8

Difficulty: Advanced

Location

This route takes place in Temagami (South/Central).

Tradition Territory: This route in Temagami is on the traditional territory of the Anishinabewaki, Cree and Omàmìwininìwag (Algonquin) (source).

Maps and Resources

Maps: Friends of Temagami Obabika Loop/Maple Mountain Companion Map 

Permits: Portions of the route are on crownland and other parts are in Obabika River Provincial Park and Lady Evelyn-Smoothwater Provincial Park. Reservations can be made on the Ontario Parks Reservation Portal under the backcountry registration tab and select Temagami and then Red Squirrel Road for an entry point.

Campsite: First come first serve.

Outfitters and Shuttles: We rented our canoe from Temagami Outfitters and along the way to Red Squirrel Road. They have really lovely service and were able to answer all of our questions.

Trip Report

Day 1: Put-In to Diamond Lake (12 km)

Paddle Distance: 12 km

Portage Distance: 1.7 km

Portage 1: 800m Red Squirrel Road Parking to Ferguson Bay Beach

Portage 2: 800m Ferguson Bay Beach to White Fish Bay 

Portage 3: 100m Sharp Rock Portage (Sharp Rock Inlet to Diamond Lake)

As I arrived home from my night shift Laura pulled up in the car. We packed our bags and started the drive from Toronto to Temagami. I lay in the back seat trying to get a little bit of sleep but I was so excited about our adventure that it was hard to think about sleeping.

We drove through to Temagami Outfitters with a few stops for food and gas along the...

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