Temagami: Montreal River to Ishpatina Ridge (4 days / 68 km)

Amazing sunset inTemagami Montreal River to Ish patina Ridge

This iconic paddle through Lady Evelyn-Smoothwater Provincial Park is a must do on any adventurer’s bucket list. This out and back trip leads you to Ishpatina Ridge which is the highest point in Ontario standing at 693 meters.

Trip Completed: August 2021

Trip Summary 

Starting Point: Montreal River Access Point 

Ending Point: Montreal River Access Point

Duration: 4 days

Total Distance: 68 km

Number of Portages: 16

Difficulty: Intermediate 

Location: This route is located in north/west Temagami region. The trip starts on Crown Land and then the majority of the trip is in Lady Evelyn-Smoothwater Provincial Park. 

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

Maps & Resources 

Guidebook: Temagami: A Wilderness Paradise by Hap Wilson

Map: The Adventure Map Temagami North West and Friends of Temagami Adventure Planning Map

Permits and Reservations

Campsite Reservations: All campsites are first come first serve.

Permits: Permits can be purchased online through the Ontario Parks Reservation System (select “Backcountry Registration” on the far right, and then select “Temagami-Lady Evelyn-Smoothwater” for the park and “Montreal River” for the access point.

Outfitters & Shuttles 

For this particular trip, we borrowed a friend’s canoe. However, on previous trips, I have rented canoes from Temagami Outfitters and they have amazing service and great canoe selection fit for every need!

Trip Report 

Day 1: Montreal River Access Point to Smoothwater Lake (14 km)

Distance: 14 km, Portages: 0, Time: 3 hours

This morning we drove to the Montreal River/Beauty Lake Road Access Point to start our adventure. You will take a left turn onto Beauty Lake Road roughly 23 km past Elk Lake on the 560.  Beauty Lake Road is an active logging ...

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