North Tea - Biggar - Three Mile - Manitou Loop

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General Info

Difficulty Ratings

Distance: 60 km
Duration : 5 days
Loop Trip : yes
 
River Travel : novice
Lake Travel : intermediate
Portaging : Moderate
Remoteness : intermediate

Portage Info

Maps Required

No. of Portages : 13
Total Length: 7480 m
Average Length: 575 m
Longest Portage : 2800 m
 


Other Maps
Algonquin Provincial Park canoe Routes Map Wherever Electronic Map

Handicapped Accessibility

GPX Data for this Route

SuitabilitySuitability : poor


 
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Route Description

Enter park at access #1

Kawawaymog L
Amable du Fond R
P135
Amable du Fond R
P255
North Tea L
Mangotasi L
P240
Hornbeam L
P90
Hornbeam L
P140
Biggar L
P495
Sinclair L
P960
Kawa L
P320
Upper Kawa L
P1125
Three Mile L
P2800
Manitou L
P410
North Tea L
P255
Amable du Fond R
P135
Kawawaymog L

Leave park at access #1

 

General Comments

This route could be done in 3-4 days. We came in late the first day and left early on our last day.

The wind can be quite nasty on the larger lakes (North Tea, Manitou) Allow an some extra time.
 

Trip Log / Diary

Canoe Trip to Algonquin in the spring of 2001

Charles and Kevin


Loop trip – total portages 13 – total portage distance 7480m – total paddling distance 53kms - total distance 60.8kms - longest portage 2800m

Day 1 – May 30/01

Access point #1
Kawawaymog L
Amable du Fond R
P135
Amable du Fond R
P255
North Tea L

Left Access point #1 at 5:00pm. We were a little late getting started because we had planned on staying at a campground overnight and starting our canoe trip the next morning. It was a little chilly and we decided to each purchase a sweatshirt.

The trip down Amable du Fond R was very nice but the river is quite crooked making travel a little slow. The 2 portages were quite easy. Arrived at campsite (first one on the right) on North Tea at approximately 7:00pm. The campsite is quite large and would be suitable for a large group. We watched a beaver and a few ducks swim past our site as we prepared supper. This unplanned meal consisted of mashed potatoes, bacon and bagels washed down with wine. Hit the sack around 10pm.


Day 2 – May 31/01

North Tea L
Mangotasi L
P240
Hornbeam L
P90
(lake unknown)
P140
Biggar L

We were up around 5am and were treated to a gorgeous sunrise. Truly a wonderful campsite location.. After some coffee and a quick breakfast of crappy porridge we broke camp at 7:20am. We’re not too efficient at this point this being our first trip together.

This morning we saw a deer, hawk, blue heron and a few loons on the east end of North Tea. Arrived at Hornbeam portage around 10:20am. We picked our campsite and we’re off the lake by 1pm. Had Mr. Noodles and salami for lunch. Tried to fish a bit in Birchcliffe Cr. Ya right! The creek is overgrown and I would try and avoid it if going to Birchcliffe Lake or Raven. Since the fishing sucked we decided instead to find tomorrow’s portage. We had an awesome supper tonight. Great steaks cooked on the fire, crunchy rice (Kevin’s specialty I’m told) and wine. We saw 4 other canoes on North Tea today.


Day 3 – June 1/01

Biggar L
P475
Sinclair L
P960
Kawa L
P320
Upper Kawa L
P1125
Three Mile L
P2800
Manitou L

Up early again, 5:30 am and another gorgeous sunrise. This morning we are a little quicker and are on the water by 6:30am.

Today is all portage! First up a rough 475m to Sinclair L. Put the canoe in for a 3 minute paddle and then another portage, 960m to Kawa L. A quick paddle then 320m to Upper Kawa L followed by a long 1125m portage to Three Mile L. We have to do 2 trips on each portage because we have too much stuff. We had lunch on the island on Tree Mile L. The lake is quite rough today. It was a little confusing at first but we then confirmed we were indeed on the island. This would be a nice place to stay overnight. You could camp on the point or find shelter inland.

We decide we are at least going to cross Three Mile L today and make camp at the entrance to Manitou’s grueling 2800m portage. Boy the lake is rough. After getting beat up by the waves we reach the portage in the rain. It has been a nasty day weather wise. The heck with it… we can’t stand the thought of starting tomorrow with a 2800m portage so we are going to do it today. This last portage was mostly on an old road but the last 1/3 was quite rough and very steep. At least it was downhill. Man this 70+ lbs canoe has got to go. We picked the campsite directly across from the portage and finally hit camp at around 4:45pm. In hindsight we should have chosen the campsite at the end of the portage on this side of the bay.

This has been quite an eventful day. On the portage to Three Mile L I found a small yellow plastic belt clip. After giving it some though I decided this thing must be used to hold a can of bear spray. I quickly pried off the trigger assembly off of the spray can and then tried to put it back on. Well I had damaged it and tried to fix it. By this time Kevin is flipping! Just a few more pokes and…. ssspppffffft! We are treated to a quick mist of pepper spray! That stuff is nasty. Unfortunately we had to leave the can behind. Kevin is quite pissed now. He now carries a paddle for bear defense.

5600m of portage today. We are a little sore and a little grumpy. At least we had a nice supper; spaghetti with meat sauce and chocolat pudding. Yummy! We have so far used up one 225g fuel canister, from supper on the 30th to after supper on the 1st. Its still wet and soggy.


Day 4 – June 2/01

Manitou L
P550
North Tea L

We awake to find that the wind has not died down. We decide we should stay put for a while and see what happens. We decide to head out around 8am and head straight across the bay. We don’t want to follow the bay close to shore because the waves would surely hammer us. We can’t follow the north shoreline because we would then have to cross the large open channel between the large island and the point. Well, we should have stayed put. It was quite a scary paddle across to the opposite shore as the waves crashed on us. I seriously thought the bow would go under. It took a couple of hours of hard paddling against the wind to reach the campsite on the point just past where the tornado flattened the trees. Evidence of this tornado is still noticeable.

Stayed at the campsite for a few hours. There is a storm a brewing. It’s cold and wet. Kevin made a small fire with some wet wood and we had a quick bite to eat. Today we see our first canoe since leaving North Tea. They are across the lake from us obviously waiting out the nasty weather. Away we go again. These waves on beating on us bad. We decide to cross into North Tea using the 550m portage around the rapids. We figure the bay on North tea might offer some shelter. The view here is quite nice and we decide to try our luck fishing again. I managed to hook onto a fair size fish but lost it before I can bring it in. Pasta again tonight I guess. The portage is quite slippery and therefore a little hard. Besides we are still sore from yesterday’s marathon. We hit North Tea and decide its best to keep moving because the weather wants to turn nasty. We passed a group of five canoes. We decide we’ve had enough and we should camp at the narrows. There is a small lake north of the narrows that might be fun to hike to. There is too much bear activity here for our liking and after checking out the small lake in the hopes of catching sight of a moose we jump into the canoe again and keep going. The lake is a lot calmer now and we decide to see just how fast we can go in this thing. The GPS gives us a speed of We finally make camp at the western most end of the lake on the small island campsite where the Amable du Fond R dumps into North Tea. I think we have been in the canoe too long, Kevin is having a hard time exiting the canoe on the smooth wet rock and finally decided to roll out of the canoe. This made for some great laughs.

It has finally stopped raining and we can hang some clothes to dry. It looks like a storm is coming. We try fishing from the island and also at the bottom of the rapids with no luck. For supper we tried to make falafel that simply would not stay together. We ate the greasy mess anyways and Kevin clues me in on his allergy to nuts. Great! We also made some pretty tasty bannock. Off to bed we go, tomorrow should be an easy day.


Day 5 – June 3/01

North tea L
P255
Amable du Fond R
P135
Amable du Fond R
Kawawaymog L

Well it rained all night and the rain is still coming down this morning. We decide to sleep a few more hours and hope the rain subsides. No such luck. We decide to skip breakfast and quickly pack our soggy gear. At 8:30am e are heading for the truck. 2 hours later we reach the truck wet and content. There is a note on the truck! Oh no. Immediately we think of Kevin’s wife who is 8 months pregnant. We go into the post to find out the only problem is that Al forgot to charge us tax on the sweatshirts. Phew.

We have lunch at the restaurant in South River. It’s the best coffee we’ve had all week. We should hit Toronto by 4pm.



It was a wonderful trip although we pushed a little hard some days. We should have slowed down but because the weather wasn’t all that great we cut the trip short by a day. Too many big lakes. Some of the highlights were definitely the crunchy rice, bear spray incident and the crossing on Manitou. Lets do it gain!!!

  

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Submitted by:  Ian Tennant         on 0000-00-00

Four of us did this same trip in July of 2002. We did it in 4 nights and added some extra distance. Rather than portage into Manitou Lake from Three Mile Lake, we continued East into N.Sylvia, Ratrap, Maple and then took Maple Cr. into Kioshkokwi. We then entered into Manitou Lake from Amable do Fond River and continued home the same way as above from Manitou. The whole trip took us 4 nights. We camped as follows: Day 1 - Biggar Lake, Day 2 - N. Sylvia Lake, Day 3 - Kiosk Lake (the first site after the portage from Maple), Day 4 - Manitou Lake (near the portage back to North Tea).


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