Lake Superior coast

Coverage.
From the US border eastward to the start of Saint Mary's River.
Specific inclusions.
Michipicoten Island and the Slate Islands.

Caution regarding paddling on the Great Lakes.
This entry, based on the Coastal Routes entry for other provinces, is included because a lot of it applies equally well to paddling on the Great Lakes.
Those of us with a background in lake and river paddling, even those comfortable in big water, might reflect on whether we possess the knowledge, equipment and skills necessary to deal with the different hazards associated with paddling on the Great Lakes. A course or a guided trip might be a good idea before attempting any such Route linked to below.
From what I've read, every responsible paddler carries at least a weather radio; many carry a VHF radio and are well versed in its operation.
Sea Conditions Rating System, by Eric Soares.
http://site.netopia.com/tsunami/seacond ... ingsystem/
Sea and Sea Kayak Paddler Ratings:
http://www.amc-ny.org/recreational-acti ... ings2.html
Ocean Canoeing (some basics):
Author: SGrant.
Thoughtful, thorough article, followed by discussion; highly recommended.
http://www.myccr.com/SectionForums/view ... 10&t=24193

Lake Superior. Information.
Wikipedia.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lake_Superior
Great Lakes Sea Kayaking Association.
http://glska.freehostia.com/
Lake Superior, North Shore.
Ed note: US-centric.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/North_Shor ... uperior%29
Conway, Thor and Julie. Spirits on Stone, The Agawa Pictographs. Heritage Discoveries (1990).
Gutsche, Andrea, Barbara Chisholm and Russell Floren. Superior: Under the Shadow of the Gods. Book, video and DVD. Lynx Images, Toronto (1999). http://www.lynximages.com
Jacklein, Charlotte. Journeys on an Inland Sea – Sea Kayaking in Lake Superior Provincial Park. From Sea Kayaker Magazine?
http://www.naturallysuperior.com/pdf/Jo ... nd_Sea.pdf
Lepard, Chris. Canoeing Lake Superior. blurbbook, 2008.
http://www.blurb.com:80/user/store/ChrisLepard
Linnea, Ann. Deep Water Passage. Pocket (1997). Ed note: Circumnavigation.
Littlejohn, Bruce and Wayland Drew. Superior: The Haunted Shore. Macmillan, Toronto (1975, 1983).
McGuffin, Gary and Joanie. Superior: Journeys on an Inland Sea. Boston Mills Press, Erin (1995).
Newman, Bill, Sarah Ohmann and Don Dimond. Guide to Sea Kayaking on Lakes Superior and Michigan: The Best Day Trips and Tours. Globe Pequot, Old Saybrook (?).
Pope, Richard. Superior Illusions. Natural Heritage/Natural History, Toronto (1998).
Steer, Don. Superior’s East Shore: Mamaise to Gargantua. Cliffe Printing, Sault Ste Marie (1995).
Stone, Kas. Paddling & Hiking Ontario’s Southern Shield Country. Boston Mills Press, Erin (2005).
Chapter 12. A Taste of Superior: Agawa’s Rocks. Bald Head and Orphan Lake. Gargantua’s Bays, Capes and Islands. Old Woman Bay and Brûlé Harbour.

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Lake Superior circumnavigation. Notes.
Source: Thomas, Alister. More of Canada’s Best Canoe Routes. Boston Mills Press, Erin (2003).
Author: Joanie McGuffin.
Route description: Kama Bay, Nipigon River mouth, St Ignace, Black Bay, Sleeping Giant, Silver Islet, Thunder Bay, US border, Palisade Head, Duluth, Apostle Island, Freda, Houghton, Hancock, Grand Sable Banks, Whitefish Bay, Goulais Bay, Batchawana Bay, Sand River mouth, Agawa River mouth, Michipicoten Bay, Point Isacor, up Dog River and return, Pukaskwa River mouth, Cascade River mouth, Oiseau Bay, Rossport, Kama Bay.
Title at source: Lake Superior: World's Largest Expanse of Freshwater.

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Filing of Route entries
Except for circumnavigations, Route entries are sorted clockwise (NW to SE, by entry point) into six areas:
Thunder Bay, Terrace Bay, Hattie Cove, Michipicoten, Lake Superior Provincial Park and Southeast.

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Thunder Bay area

Thunder Bay area. Information.
Coverage.
US border to Rossport.
Access/egress points. (to be augmented)
Minnesota (location of border post?), Little Trout Bay, Silver Islet, Rossport.
Edward Island Provincial Park.
http://www.ontarioparks.com/english/edwa.html
Gravel River Provincial Nature Reserve. W of Rossport.
http://www.ontarioparks.com/english/grav.html
Kama Hill Provincial Nature Reserve.
http://www.ontarioparks.com/english/kama.html
Lake Superior National Marine Conservation Area.
Status: planned.
Extent: Thunder Cape (Thunder Bay) to Bottle Point (near Terrace Bay).
http://www.pc.gc.ca/amnc-nmca/on/super/index_E.asp
Pigeon River.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pigeon_Riv ... Ontario%29
Pigeon River Provincial Park.
http://www.ontarioparks.com/english/pige.html
Porphyry Island Provincial Nature Reserve Park.
http://www.ontarioparks.com/english/porp.html
Puff Island Provincial Nature Reserve.
http://www.ontarioparks.com/english/puff.html
Rainbow Falls Provincial Park. Rossport
http://www.ontarioparks.com/english/rain.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rainbow_Fa ... ncial_Park
Shesheeb Bay Provincial Nature Reserve Park.
http://www.ontarioparks.com/english/shes.html
Sleeping Giant Provincial Park.
http://www.ontarioparks.com/english/slee.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sleeping_G ... ncial_Park

US border to Pie Island. Online, Journal.
Ed note: Saunas on Border Islands (from the US border to Pie Island).
Author: Sarah Ohmann.
Route description (ALLAN: Check at Toporama): Flatland Island, Thompson Island, St Ignace Island, Loon Harbour, Swede Island.
Title at source: Sauna Tour ’99.
http://www.canoe-kayak.org/pages/t15.html

Silver Islet, Shesheeb Point; return. Silver Islet, Tee Harbour, Silver Islet. Little Trout Bay, Pie Island; return. Online, Journal.
Source: paddling.net
Author: John Craun.
Route description, part 1: Rte 587, Silver Islet, Montreal Channel, Porphyry Island, Magnet Island, Swede Island, Loon Harbour, Shesheeb Point; return to Silver Islet (past Edward Island); west to Tee Harbour, Sleeping Giant hike; return to Silver Islet.
Route description, part 2: Drive to Little Trout Bay, Victoria Island, Spar Island, Thompson Island, Dawson Bay of Pie Island; circumnavigate Pie Island; return to Little Trout Bay.
Title at source: Lake Superior.
http://www.paddling.net/places/showReport.html?793
This entry was written by Allan Jacobs.

Silver Islet to Rossport. Online, Journal, Photos.
Source: Private site.
Author: Johanna Wandel.
Route description (ALLAN: Check at Toporama): Silver Islet, Montreal Channel, Porphyry Island, ... , Swede Island (sauna), Shesheeb Bay, Sail Rock, Agate Point, Fluor Island, CPR slip (sauna), Hope Island, Simpson Island, Morn Harbour, Rossport.
Title at source: Sibley to Rossport Trip Report.
http://johanna.wandel.ca/babbles/archives/000602.html
http://johanna.wandel.ca/babbles/archives/000604.html
http://johanna.wandel.ca/babbles/archives/000605.html
http://johanna.wandel.ca/babbles/archives/000606.html
http://johanna.wandel.ca/babbles/archives/000614.html
This entry was written by Allan Jacobs.

Rossport, St Ignace Island, Sibley Peninsula, Thunder Cape, Pie Island, Little Trout Bay. Online, Journal, Photos.
Source: paddling.net
Author: John Craun.
Route description: Hwy 17, Rossport, Wilson Channel?, Battle Island, St Ignace Island (along south shore), Newash Point, Blind Channel, Spar Island, Porphyry Island, Montreal Channel, Sibley Peninsula, Tee Harbour, Thunder Cape, Thunder Bay (bay), north side of Pie Island, Flathead Island, Sister Island, Little Trout Bay.
Title at source: Lake Superior National Marine Conservation Area .
http://www.paddling.net/places/showReport.html?2140
This entry was written by Allan Jacobs.

Terrace Bay area

Terrace Bay area. Information.
Coverage.
Rossport to Marathon.
Specific inclusion.
The Slate Islands.
Lake Superior National Marine Conservation Area.
Status: planned.
Extent: Thunder Cape (Thunder Bay) to Bottle Point (near Terrace Bay).
http://www.pc.gc.ca/amnc-nmca/on/super/index_E.asp
Neys Provincial Park. Marathon.
http://www.ontarioparks.com/english/neys.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neys_Provincial_Park
Prairie River Mouth Provincial Nature Reserve.
http://www.ontarioparks.com/english/prai.html
Schreiber Channel Provincial Nature Reserve.
http://www.ontarioparks.com/english/schr.html

Slate Islands. Information.
Slate Islands Provincial Park.
http://www.ontarioparks.com/english/slat.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slate_Islands_(Ontario)
Slate Islands.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slate_Isla ... Ontario%29

Slate Islands. Online, Journal, Map.
Author: Norm Head.
Route description: Water taxi from Terrace Bay. Patterson Island, Lawrence Bay, McColl Island, Copper Harbour, Cove Island, Sunday Harbour, McGreavy Bay, Mortimer Island.
Ed note: Includes marked-up topo.
http://web.me.com/normhead/SummerCanoeT ... lates.html
http://web.me.com/normhead/SummerCanoeT ... lands.html

Slate Islands. Online, Journal, Photos.
Source: Canadian Canoe Routes, Ontario Forum.
Author: kingfisher.
Route description: Shuttle from Terrace Bay, McGreevy Harbour, William Point, Horace Point, Sunday Point, Shell Island, … .
Title at source: Slates Islands: Eden revisited.
http://www.myccr.com/SectionForums/view ... 08&t=30794

Slate Islands. Online, Photos
Author: johnhens.
http://travel.webshots.com/album/419295 ... qv?start=0

Slate Islands. Online, Photos.
Source: Canadian Canoe Routes, Ontario Forum.
Author: ScottW.
Route description: Slate Islands, by water taxi from Terrace Bay.
Title at source: Slate Islands - May 4 to 14.
Ed note: Caribou photos and logistical information.
http://www.myccr.com/SectionForums/view ... 08&t=33143

Slate Islands. Online, Photos.
Source: Canadian Canoe Routes, Ontario Forum.
Author: ScottW.
Content: Photos of woodland caribou.
Title at source: Slate Islands May 10 - 20.
http://www.myccr.com/SectionForums/view ... 08&t=35917

Slate Islands. Online, Notes, Photos.
Source: Canadian Canoe Routes, Ontario Forum.
Author: ScottW.
Route description: Slate Islands, access and egress by charter boat.
Content: primarily caribou photos.
Title at source: Slate Islands - Fall 2011.
http://www.myccr.com/phpbbforum/viewtop ... 08&t=39192
This entry was written by Allan Jacobs.

Hattie Cove area

Hattie Cove area. Information.
Coverage.
Marathon to Pukaskwa River mouth (no access/egress; some parties return to Hattie Cove, others continue to Michipicoten). Consult the Michipicoten area for Routes entering the Hattie Cove area from the east.
Specific inclusion.
Pukaskwa National Park.
Craig’s Pit Provincial Nature Reserve.
http://www.ontarioparks.com/english/craig.html
Pukaskwa National Park.
http://www.pc.gc.ca/pn-np/on/pukaskwa/index_e.asp
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pukaskwa_National_Park
Red Sucker Point Provincial Nature Reserve.
http://www.ontarioparks.com/english/reds.html

Hattie Cove, southward, Oiseau Bay, Pointe La Canadienne, Pukaskwa River mouth, Julia River mouth; return. Online, Journal, Photo.
Source: paddling.net
Author: John Craun.
Route description: South from Hattie Cove, White River mouth, Willow River mouth, ... , Sewell Point, Oiseau Bay, Cascade River mouth and Cascade Falls, Pointe La Canadienne, Pukaskwa River mouth, Pukaskwa Point, Julia River and The Wheat Bin; return to Hattie Cove.
Title at source: Pukaskwa National Park.
http://www.paddling.net/places/showReport.html?1152
This entry was written by Allan Jacobs.

Hattie Cove to Michipicoten. Online, Journal.
Author: Katherine Suboch.
Route description: Hattie Cove to Michipicoten Harbour.
http://www.bigbluesky.ca/site/LSuperior/

Hattie Cove to Michipicoten. Online, Notes.
Source: Paddle Manitoba Canoe and Kayak Trip Reports.
Route description: Hattie Cove, White River mouth, Willow River mouth, Shot Watch Cove, Sewell Point, Oiseau Point, White Spruce River mouth, Newman’s Bay, Cascade River mouth, Deep Harbour, Pointe La Canadienne, Pukaskwa Point, Chimney Point, Crane Island, Le Petit Mort Rocks, Cairn Point, Point Isacor, Tamarack Bay, Dog River mouth, Minnekona Point, Doré Bay, Perkwakwia Point, Michipicoten Bay, Hwy 17.
Title at source: OM-14 Lake Superior (Hattie Cove to Michipicotin Harbour).
http://www.paddle.mb.ca/images/pdfs/rou ... ports6.pdf

Hattie Cove to Michipicoten. Online, Journal, Photos.
Source: Private site.
Author: Johanna Wandel.
Route description: Hattie Cove, White River mouth; hike to falls; Willow River mouth, Shot Watch Cove, Cave Harbour, Oiseau Bay, White Gravel River mouth, North Swallow River mouth and Newman’s Bay, Swallow River mouth, Cascade River mouth and Cascade Falls, Otter Cove, Pointe la Canadienne, Pukaskwa River mouth, The Wheat Bin, Crane Island, Le Petit Mort Rocks, Floating Heart Bay, The Flats, Point Isacor, Tamarack Bay, Dog/University River mouth; hike to Denison Falls; McCoy’s Harbour, Minnekona Point, Doré River mouth, Perkakwia Point, Michipicoten.
Title at source: Coastline of My Dreams.
http://johanna.wandel.ca/pukaskwa03/index.html
http://johanna.wandel.ca/pukaskwa03/puk2.htm
http://johanna.wandel.ca/pukaskwa03/puk3.htm
http://johanna.wandel.ca/pukaskwa03/puk4.htm
http://johanna.wandel.ca/pukaskwa03/puk5.htm
This entry was written by Allan Jacobs.

Michipicoten area

Michipicoten area. Information.
Coverage.
Pukaskwa River mouth (no access/egress) to Michipicoten. Consult the Hattie Cove area for Routes entering the Michipicoten area from the west.
Specific inclusion.
Michipicoten Island.
Michipicoten Island Provincial Park.
http://www.ontarioparks.com/english/mich.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michipicot ... ncial_Park

Michipicoten, westward to Dog/University River mouth; return. Online, Journal, Photos.
Source: paddling.net
Author: paddling.net.
Route description: Michipicoten, Doré River mouth, Minnekona Point, McCoy’s Harbour, Dog/University River mouth and hike to Denison Falls; return.
Title at source: Lake Superior, Denison Falls.
http://www.paddling.net/places/showReport.html?248
This entry was written by Allan Jacobs.

Michipicoten Island circumnavigation, crossing to mainland (Ganley Harbour), west to Pukaskwa River, east to Michipicoten. Online, Journal, Photos.
Source: Private site.
Author: Johanna Wandel.
Route description: Anderson Fisheries, boat shuttle to Michipicoten Island, Cozens Cove, Point Maurepas, Bonner Head, Quebec Rocks, West Sand Bay, Quebec Harbour, Four Mile Point, East Sand Bay, Cozens Cove, Point Maurepas, crossing (22 km) to the mainland, Ganley Harbour, False Ganley Harbour, Crane Island, The Wheat Bin, mouth of the Pukaskwa River and Schist Falls; small group to Cascade Falls; turn back east, Ganley Harbour, Le Petit Mort Rocks, Floating Heart Bay, The Flats, Point Isacor, Tamarack Bay, Dog/University River; hike to Denison Falls; McCoy’s Harbour, Minnekona Point, Anderson Fisheries.
Title at source: Michipicoten Island / Pukaskwa Coast, 2002.
http://johanna.wandel.ca/michipicoten/tripreport.htm
http://johanna.wandel.ca/michipicoten/tripreport2.htm
http://johanna.wandel.ca/michipicoten/tripreport3.htm
http://johanna.wandel.ca/michipicoten/tripreport4.htm
http://johanna.wandel.ca/michipicoten/tripreport5.htm
GPS waypoints:
http://johanna.wandel.ca/michipicoten/waypoints.htm
Also
Source: paddling.net
Author: Johanna.
Title at source: Lake Superior.
http://www.paddling.net/places/showReport.html?460
This entry was written by Allan Jacobs.

Lake Superior Provincial Park area

Lake Superior Provincial Park area. Information.
Coverage.
Michipicoten to the southern boundary of the Park.
Specific inclusions. (to be augmented)
The Gargantua Bay and Agawa Bay areas.
Access/egress points. (to be augmented)
Michipicoten, Agawa Bay.
Lake Superior Provincial Park. Information.
http://www.ontarioparks.com/english/lakes.html
http://www.lakesuperiorpark.ca/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lake_Super ... ncial_Park
Lake Superior Provincial Park. Online maps of canoe routes (pdf format).
http://www.lakesuperiorpark.ca/index.ph ... Itemid=142

Michipicoten to Agawa Bay. Online, Journal, Photos.
Source: Private site.
Author: Johanna Wandel.
Route description (ALLAN: Check at Toporama): Michipicoten, Lake Superior PP, Smoky Point, Noisy Bay, Brulé Harbour, Old Woman Bay, Grindstone Point, Cap Chaillon, Red Rock River, Cape Gargantua, Warp Bay (Devil’s Chair, Devil’s Warehouse Island), Rhyolite Cove, Beatty Cove, Katherine Cove, Agawa Bay.
Title at source: Lake Superior Adventure 2001.
http://johanna.wandel.ca/superior01/index.html
This entry was written by Allan Jacobs.

Gargantua Bay, Cape Gargantua, Cap Chaillon, Old Woman Bay; return to Gargantua Bay; Beatty Cove. Agawa Rock and Sinclair Cove. Online, Journal, Photos.
Source: Canadian Canoe Routes, Ontario Forum.
Author: littleredcanoe.
Route description: Gargantua Bay, Warp Bay, Cape Gargantua, Red Rock River, Cap Chaillon, Bushy Bay, Old Woman Bay; turn around; Chalfant Cove, Devil’s Chair, Warp Bay, Gargantua Bay, Beatty Cove, Bald Head, return to Beatty Cove, ... ; road; Agawa Rock, Sinclair Cove.
Title at source: Solo On Lake Superior Lake Superior PP (pic heavy).
http://www.myccr.com/phpbbforum/viewtop ... 08&t=38677
This entry was written by Allan Jacobs.

Gargantua Bay, westward; return. Online, Journal, Photos.
Source: paddling.net
Author: Scott Roesch.
Places mentioned (not necessarily in order of travel): Gargantua Bay ("Harbour"), Miron Island (not at Toporama), Devil’s Warehouse Island, Tugboat Channel, Devil’s Chair, Warp Bay.
Title at source: Gargantua Harbour/Warp Bay.
http://www.paddling.net/places/showReport.html?45
This entry was written by Allan Jacobs.

Gargantua Bay, Cape Gargantua; Gargantua Bay, Beatty Cove, Sinclair Cove. Online, Journal, Photos.
Source: Private site.
Author: Johanna Wandel.
Route description: Gargantua Bay, Warp Bay; hike to Devil’s Chair; Cape Gargantua; turn back south, Devil’s Warehouse Island, Telegraph Rock, Beatty Cove, Robertson Cove, Coldwater River (June Creek) mouth, Sand River mouth, Sinclair Cove.
Title at source: LSPP 2006.
http://johanna.wandel.ca/babbles/archives/000293.html
http://johanna.wandel.ca/babbles/archives/000295.html
http://johanna.wandel.ca/babbles/archives/000296.html
http://johanna.wandel.ca/babbles/archives/000297.html
http://johanna.wandel.ca/babbles/archives/000298.html
This entry was written by Allan Jacobs.

June Creek / Coldwater River to Devil's Warehouse Island, to Gargantua Road. Journal, Guide.
Source: Callan, Kevin. A Paddler`s Guide to Ontario. Boston Mills Press, Erin (2003). Title at source: Paying Homage to Lake Superior.
Also Callan, Kevin. Top 50 Canoe Routes of Ontario. Firefly Books, Richmond Hill and Buffalo (2011). Title at source: Lake Superior.
Route description: Hwy 17, June Creek / Coldwater River, Baldhead River mouth, Beatty Cove, Rhyolite Cove (not at Toporama), Gargantua Bay, Gargantua Road, hernia, Devil’s Warehouse Island, Warp Bay, Hursley Island, Devil’s Chair; exit at Gargantua Road.

Sinclair Cove to Gargantua Bay. Online, Journal, Photos.
Source: Private site.
Author: Johanna Wandel.
Route description (ALLAN: Check at Toporama): Sinclair Cove, Agawa Point, Barrett Island, Sand River mouth, Katherine Cove, Coldwater River mouth, Beatty Cove, Rhyolite Cove, Gargantua B ay.
Title at source: Lake Superior 1999.
http://johanna.wandel.ca/superior99/index.html
This entry was written by Allan Jacobs.

Southeast area

Southeast area. Information.
Coverage.
The southern boundary of Lake Superior Provincial Park to Sault Ste Marie.
Specific inclusions.
Monteal River mouth, Pancake Bay, Batchawana Bay and Goulais Bay.
Batchawana Bay Provincial Park.
http://www.ontarioparks.com/english/batc.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Batchawana ... ncial_Park
Montreal River Provincial Nature Reserve.
http://www.ontarioparks.com/english/mont.html
Pancake Bay Provincial Park. Sault Ste Marie.
http://www.ontarioparks.com/english/panc.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pancake_Ba ... ncial_Park