Temagami: Matagamasi Lake to Wolf Lake (4 days / 37 km)

Wolf Lake is one of the most beautiful destinations in all of Temagami. It is surrounded by the largest old-growth red pine forest in the world. Nearby there is the beautiful swimming hole and waterfall, appropriately named Paradise Lagoon. This route begins at the south end of Matagamasi Lake and only has four portages, ranging in length from 200 m to 300 m, making this route an excellent choice for novice paddlers.

Trip Completed: October 2020

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Trip Summary

Starting Point: Matagamasi Lake

Ending Point: Matagamasi Lake

Total Distance: 37 km

Duration: 4 days / 3 nights 

Difficulty: Beginner


Chiniguchi Waterway Provincial Park and Wolf Lake Forest Reserve, northeast of Sudbury, north of Markstay.

Take Action: Wolf Lake is surrounded by the largest remaining old-growth red pine forest in the world. As such, there are a lot of developers and provincial MPs who want Wolf Lake logged. Please consider joining the fight to save Wolf Lake by signing their petition or supporting the Friends of Temagami.

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

Maps & Resources

Map: Ottertooth.com printouts of Chiniguchi: The Middle Tracks, these maps also recommend using topographic maps, but we did not and didn't have any problems.

Permits: This trip is within a non-operating Ontario park which means there are no reservations or fees. This means all camping is first come first serve.

Outfitters & Shuttles

Shuttle: A shuttle is not needed, as the route starts and ends at the same place.

Outfitter: We did not use any outfitters or shuttles but there are several outfitters and lodges in the Temagami area that could help with this trip.

Trip Report

Day 1: Matagamasi Lake (7 km)

We started late in the day so we...

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