Grass River - Cranberry Portage to Paint Lake

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General Info

Difficulty Ratings

Distance: 370 km
Duration : 14 days
Loop Trip : no
River Travel : intermediate
Lake Travel : advanced
Portaging : Moderate
Remoteness : intermediate

Portage Info

Maps Required

No. of Portages : 23
Total Length: 4625 m
Average Length: 201 m
Longest Portage : 875 m
Topo Maps (1:50,000)
63 K/9 Tramping Lake
63 K/10 Iskwasum Lake
63 K/11 Cranberry Portage
63 K/12 Schist Lake
63 K/15 Elbow Lake
63 K/16 File Lake
63 J/13 Herb Lake
63 J/14 Saw Lake
63 J/15 Pakwa Lake
63 O/1 Halfway Lake
63 O/2 Pistol Lake
63 O/8 Hambone Lake
63 P/5 Thicket Portage
63 P/12 Thompson

Topo Maps (1:250,000)
36 K Cormorant Lake
63 J Wekusko Lake
63 P Sipiwesk
63 O Nelson House
Other Maps
Real Berard`s Canoe Map Series - Grass River

Handicapped Accessibility

GPX Data for this Route

SuitabilitySuitability : poor

Frequent portages
no gpx data found

Route Description

Access Cranberry Portage via Hwy 10 or Simonhouse Lake via Hwy 39
Northeast through First Cranberry Lake
Northeast through Second Cranberry Lake
(alternate access from Simonhouse Lake enters here)
Northeast through Third Cranberry Lake
Northeast on river towards Elbow Lake
Into south end of Elbow Lake, then exit south side immediately on river
Southwest on river
Under abandoned CNR tracks
P 210 m around rapids
P 190 m around rapids
P 145 m around rapids
South into Iskwasum Lake
South through Iskwasum Lake
East through Loucks Lake
P 155 m R around Loucks Falls
East through Flag Lake
P 145 m around rapids
P 135 m around rapids
East through Reed Lake
East on river
P 875 m around series of rapids and ledges
(possible to run portions and shorten portage)
East on river through swifts
Northeast through Tramping Lake
(excellent pictograph site on north side at exit please treat with respect)
P 425 m around Wekusko Falls
East across Wekusko Lake
Northeast on river
Southeast on river
P 100 m R around falls
P 75 m L around falls
Class I rapid
East on river
P 50 m R around falls
P 55 m L around falls
P 100 m L around falls
South then east on river
P 75 m L around White Forest Falls
P 15 m around Skunk Rapids
P 125 m L around Whitewood Falls
North on river
Past entrance to Pakwa Lake
North into Setting Lake
North through Setting Lake
P 250 m around Sasagiu Rapids
P 475 m around Pisew Falls
North on river
West towards Phillips Lake
P 75 m around rapids
P 175 m around Kwasitchewan Falls
North through Phillips Lake
P 50 m R around rapids
P 700 m R around Kachikaswatainok Rapids
P 25 m L around Sasisgigwan Rapids
North on river
North then west through Paint Lake
Finish at Paint Lake Provincial Park
Egress via Hwy 6

General Comments

One of the most popular canoe routes in Northern Manitoba. Readily accessible, and it holds its water well throughout the season. A fair amount of whitewater, but easily portaged if desired.

There are some large lakes (Reed Lake in particular) that deserve respect in windy weather.

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User Submitted Information


Submitted by:  Sean Richens         on 2008-04-26

Trip from Tramping to Setting Lake. Great trip. Five days actual car-to-car time, two days beyond motorized access, zero skill required assuming sufficient brains.

Submitted by:  Andrew         on 2010-04-06

this is a awesome site for route logs and descriptions on this trip

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