Broadback River

CanadaQuebec08 Lower James Bay
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Additional Route Information
Distance: 
532 km
Duration: 
20 days
Loop Trip: 
No
Portage Information
No. of portages: 
9
Total Portage Distance: 
4801 m
Longest Portage: 
2070 m
Difficulty Ratings
River Travel: 
Advanced
Lake Travel: 
Advanced
Portaging: 
Difficult
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Route Description
Technical Guide: 

Following route description has each line starting with the distance in km from the Cree village Waskaganish on James (Rupert) Bay. Distance is calculated aroud Longue Pointe peninsula on Lac Evans (not accross through the portage) and through drainage channel on the James (Rupert) Bay.

532 put-in where Route du Nord crosses Lac Frotet forest burnt in spring 2005; 2 cabins; follow Northern shore
521 turn left - North, into the channel towards Lac Troïlus
520.75 channel splits into two both channels apear paddleable; both have narrows & rapids
517.5 channels join
517 rapid
509 Lac Troïlus starts paddle Northwest through the maze of islands & channels
493 Lac Troïlus ends fishing lodge on the left shore
492 rapid
491 rapid ledge
491 put-in on the road to mine Troïlus 26 km from the junction with Route du Nord 524990 5638999 18U
488.5 R2
488 R2
487 R3
486.8 campsite on the left shore
486 R1
485.5 R2
483.5 R1 use left channel
481 campsite on the right
479.5 turn left there is an alternative route to continue straight; however, it's bit longer
477 campsite on the right 519850 5645783 18U
476 turn right there is an alternative route to continue straight; however, it finishes on the dry riverbed
475.5 beaches on the right, with possibility of camping
472.5 campsite on the left shore
471.8 R1
471.7 R1 keep right channel; it has more water
471.6 R1
467.2 R1
467 R1
466.9 campsite on the left shore
466.4 R2
465.7 R2
464 R2
463.4 campsite on the left shore 519850 5645783 18U
462.9 R4 line on the right
462.5 keep right channel left channel is too dry
462.4 swift
462 R1
461 R2
459.3 R1
457.7 R2
457 R1
456 campsite on the left shore
455.2 campsite on the left shore
450.2 Coné Chute portage on the right, with beautiful campsite portage 100 m
448.6 R1
448.3 R1
448 R1
447.8 campsite on the left shore
447.5 R1
447.3 campsite on the left shore
445.5 campsite on the left shore
444 Carcajou Chute portage on the left; start 502230:5637430; end 502119:5637559 portage 200 m
440.5 junction with Rivière Chatillon (on the left)
430.2 campsite on the right
429.2 campsite on the right
428.6 campsite on the right
427.4 campsite on the right
427.2 campsite on the left
424.4 campsite on the right
424.3 bridge (Route du Nord)
424.1 powerlines
423 hunting & fishing camp on the both shores
422 campsite on the right
420.4 shallow spot; rocks across
420.3 campsite on the right 487952 5622399 18U
418.5 Lac Labeau starts
410 campsite on the right
407.7 R1
407.4 R2
405.5 R1 run right of the island
405.2 R3 run right of the island
405 campsite on the right
404.2 R2
404 R3
403.7 R1
401.5 campsite on the left
399 take left channel
398.7 shallow and rocky
397.2 swift
396.7 campsite on the small island
395.8 R1 use right channel; two channels on the left are dry
395.6 R3
394.5 swift
393.2 R1
391 GA campsite on the right bleberries
391 R3
390.7 powerlines
390 swift
389.7 R1
389 R1
387.7 island with beautiful beach on the left
387 swift
385.2 R1
384.8 Rivière Assinica joins from the left
384 campsite on the right
383.3 R1
383 campsite on the right
380.5 turn left right channel is probably good to paddle, too
380.3 R1
379.6 R2
378.7 swift in the right channel connection
370 R1-2
369.7 R1-2
368.5 R2
368 R3-4
367.3 road bridge road starts off HWY 113 northwards at Riviere Chibougamau
367 powerlines
366.5 R2
365.8 R1
365.2 swift
364.3 R2
363.8 campsite on the island
363 swift
361 swift
360 R1
360 campsite on the left
359 swift
358 keep right channel left channel has less water, but it is possible to use, too
356.5 R3
356 R1
355.3 R1-2
355.3 powerlines
354.2 campsite on the right 438330 5621683 18U
351.5 campsite on the right
350.5 R2
350 R5 run right and carry over
349.5 R3
347 R1
344.6 campsite on the left
344.5 swift
344.5 campsite on the left
344.5 campsite on the right
344.3 campsite on the left
343.5 R1
343 swift
342.5 campsite on the island
339 R2-4 left channel R2; middle channel R3 (hard to approach); right channel R4
338.5 use right channel (left may be shallow)
336 indian camp on the right 421735 5619509 18U
328 Rivière Nipukatasi joins from the left
324.2 campsite on the right
319.3 arm of Lac Quènonisca joins from the left
318.5 narrow & shallow rocky liftover; you can use left channel towards Lac Quènonisca instead, but it is longer route
315.5 campsite on the right with old cabin, ugly
314 campsite on the island
312.5 cabin on the left shore
312 Quènonisca Waterfalls portage on the left portage 259 m
311 swift
309.5 Jean Paradise's cabin on the right good camping spot
306.3 two campsites on islands
305 R1
304.5 R1
304 many swifts next 4 km
299.6 R1
298 R2
297 many potential campsites on the right
295 Riviere Salamandre joins from the left
292.3 R2
289.5 cabin on the right shore
284 cabin on the left shore
282 campsite on the right 378932 5628028 18U
281.5 R1
281 R1
280 R3-4 line or portage on the right portage 120 m
279 start of Crow Bay of Lac Evans
278 campsite on the island
276 cabin on the right shore
268 start of Lac Evans
Longue Pointe peninsula You have an option here either to paddle around the peninsula (about 30 km) or use the portage to get across. Beware: this is the portage only for the hard-core travellers. The trail is non-existent, although you can find blazes and marking tape on the trees. Portage start at the corner of the bay left of small creek at UTMs 371224 5645669. First part through the old forest with a lot of deadfall is the hardest part (about 400m). AT the top of peninsula, you are in the muskeg and the visibility here is much better. At the other end you again get into the dense forest and you have to cross one creek. Portage ends at UTMs 369524 5646377. There are campsites on the sandy shores close to both ends of the portage. First one is at 371514, second one at 369176 5646217. portage 2070 m
227 cabin on the right side, under the poplars
223 very shallow & narrow point
222.5 turn left
221.3 cabin on the right shore
219 turn right; end of Lac Evans left arm of Lac Evans joins from the left
213.5 R2
213.2 R4 line on the right side of the main channel
213 R2
212 Burnt Hip Falls portage on the left side, in the burnt forest (spring 2005), with the campsite portage 259 m
211.7 campsite on the island below the waterfall 375434 5658189 18U
211.7 R1 R1 is on the right side of the island; there is ledge 3 on the left side of the island
209.5 indian campsite on the right side
209 turn left
200 start of Lac Giffard
194.5 cabin on the left shore
190 end of Lac Giffard
188.5 R4 line on the left
188 R5 line on the left
187.8 campsite on the left
187.3 R2-4
186.5 campsite on the island
185.3 campsite on the right shore
183.4 swift
181.3 swift
180.8 R3-4 line & run on the left
180.4 R1
180 campsite on the left
178.5 R1
178.5 campsite on the left
177.7 campsite on the left
177 campsite on the left
174.7 campsite on the island
174.6 swift
165.5 R1
164 swift
163.8 swift
162 cabin on the right side
157 campsite on the left shore
152.3 campsite on the island
152.2 swift
150 R1
149.5 R2
148.8 R3-4
148.1 R2
144.5 R2
144.2 R2
142.3 R2
141.3 R4 portage 500 m on the right side
140.5 James Bay Road bridge (division point of Uppar & Lower Broadback) campsite on the right
140.2 R2
136.8 Lawrence's cabin on the right shore
136.5 keep right channel, left is shallower
124.8 R2-3 Kapitachuch rapids
123 R1
121.5 tent cabins on the island
120 campsite on the beach on the left shore
117.5 campsite on the left shore 307104 5668837 18U
115 R1
114.4 R2
113.9 R1
111.2 tent cabins on the right shore
109.8 R4 Kakusaschechun rapids
108.5 swift
108 R1
107 campsite on the beach on the right shore
106 campsite on the both sides of the river
104.5 Rooster Falls (R5) campsite and the portage on the right; however, it is possible to line, lift over & run on the right side portage 800 m
103.6 R2
103.2 R2
103 The Washing Machine (R3)
102.6 The Rinse Cycle (R4)
102.5 R1
101.8 R2
100.7 Agitator (R3-4)
100.2 R1
100 campsite "The Dab" on the left shore
99 R4 Kawisipapachipiskach rapid
98.7 R2
95 swift
93.6 ledge 2 campsite on the left shore
93.2 R3-4
92.3 ledge 5
92.2 The Yard Sale (R3-4)
91.7 R1
91 R1 Tupatukashish rapid
90 campsite on the left shore
88.3 Tupatukasi Falls [34 m] portages on both sides; right side portage starts at 292023 5681701 and ends at 292363 5681924 (length 493 m). There is a campsite at the start of the portage overlooking the falls at 292063 5681734. portage 493 m
86.5 The Submarine (R2)
85.5 change of UTM zone from 18U to 17U
84.7 Rock Nest Monster (R3)
83.5 campsite on the left shore
76 cabins on the right side
73.5 campsite on the left shore
73.4 R1
72.2 Cannonball Run (ledge 4) keep right
71.4 campsite on the left shore
71.4 R2
71.2 Quickie (R4)
70.4 R2
69.5 Side Door (R3)
66 swift
65.4 R2
65 swift
64.5 campsite on the right shore
64 The Interview (ledge 3-4)
63.9 R3
62.8 swift
62 R1
61.5 campsites on both sides of the river
61 R1
59.2 R2-3
57.4 campsite on the left shore 683782 5683245 17U
57.4 R3
56.5 swifts
55.5 small campsite on the river right
55 R1-2
52.5 swifts
51.5 R1
49 Rivière Kaminahikuschit joins from the left
48.9 indian hunting cabin on the right shore
48.5 R1
48.3 swifts
47.5 R1
46.6 R2
45.2 R4
44.8 R3
42.5 swift
42.2 R1
41.5 R2
41 swifts
39.8 Rivière Natouacamisie joins from the left
39.8 campsite on the right shore 668704 5687171 17U
39 R1-2
37.7 R1-2
33.8 Rivière Machisipi joins from the left
31 indian cabin on the left shore 658993 5687100 17U
30 Rivière Lepallier joins from the left
24.2 Ruiss Ukau joins from the left
22.9 water monitoring station on the right shore
22.7 R1-3
21.2 campsites on both sides of the river
19 campsite on the left shore
17.5 drainage channel on the right side use during the bad weather; paddling around the shore is otherwise preferrable
0 Waskaganish dock 656387 5706765 17U

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Author of this route description l k o v a c AT r o g e r s DOT c o m travelled from put-in at km 491 (put-in on the road to mine Troïlus) to Waskaganish in 22 days.