Temagami: Sandy Inlet to Diamond Lake and Indian Head Island (4 days / 50 km)

Trip Report - Sandy Inlet to Diamond Lake and Indian Head

This trip is ideal for any backcountry goer with an intermediate level of tripping experience. The route has mixed lengths of challenging portages, large stretches of water to paddle with very rewarding campsites, scenery, and an utter wilderness presence. As I convinced a handful of my best friends to join me on my backcountry endeavours, this trip was the epitome of what you hope will happen when trying to show a newcomer the realities of a summer camping trip in the backcountry.

With two of us leading three first-timers into the backcountry wilderness, we knew we had big shoes to fill, and Temagami was the perfect size. Opting for a route that we could adjust the distance and adventures we took part in, was key in making a trip like this such a success as we wanted to make sure everyone had a memorable first experience in the backcountry. From near-perfect campsites to catching fish and day trekking to a cliff-jumping rock, this trip into Temagami is perfect for someone who wants a taste of all that the more remote wilderness has to offer.

Trip Completed: July 2023

Trip Summary

Location: Obabika Provincial Park, Temagami

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

Maps & Resources

Guidebook: Temagami, a Wilderness Paradise


Chrismar Mapping, Temagami 1 – Northeast

A small portion of Chrismar Mapping, Lake Temagami

Friends of Temagami Map

Other online blogs about similar routes within Temagami

Permits & Reservations

Campsite Reservations: Reservations are required for the Diamond Lake Campsite via the Ontario Provincial Park Reservation Service using the Obabika River Provincial Park.

Permits: Permits can be printed or downloaded.

Know Before You Go

Season: Any time during the summer would be a safe bet, the shoulder seasons would likely be more challenging on the bigger lakes but still possible and likely less busy. We found th...

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