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Coverage:
Wabakimi Provincial Park and the surrounding area, including the upper Albany River and waters draining into Lake Nipigon (except for those in the Greenstone area).

Explicit inclusions:
Allanwater River, Berg River, Brightsand River, Caribou River, Flindt River, Grayson River, Lookout River, Misehkow River, Ogoki River, Palisade River.

Explicit exclusions:
Kopka River.

Wabakimi Provincial Park and vicinity. Information.
Wabakimi Provincial Park.
http://www.ontarioparks.com/english/waba.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wabakimi_Provincial_Park
Explorer's Guide to Wabakimi Provincial Park.
http://www.wabakimi.on.ca/wabakimi/index.htm
Albany River Provincial Park.
http://www.ontarioparks.com/english/alba.html
Brightsand River Provincial Park.
http://www.ontarioparks.com/english/brig.html
Kopka River Provincial Park.
http://www.ontarioparks.com/english/kopk.html
Wabakimi Project.
The Wabakimi Project is a unique grassroots volunteer initiative to explore and document the historical and traditional canoe routes of Wabakimi Provincial Park and of Crown lands in the surrounding area, including provincial parks and conservation reserves.

Since The Wabakimi Project was started in 2004, 144 individual volunteers from across North America and Europe have collectively spent a total of 718 days on 82 trips exploring and mapping the canoe routes of this vast wilderness area. Together, they've travelled over 3,960km (2,461 miles), identified and cleaned more than 751previously unrecorded campsites and located and measured some 758 portages whose total lengths exceeded 187,900m (205,553 yards or 37,376 rods).

The Project operates continuously from mid-May to late September each year. Applications are welcome from eligible paddlers interested in participating in this conservancy effort.
http://www.wabakimi.org
Wabakimi Project topics.
http://www.wabakimi.org/project
http://www.wabakimi.org/park
http://www.wabakimi.org/maps
Wabakimi; canoeing.com write-up.
http://www.canoeing.com/destinations/wabakimi/index.htm

Wabakimi area access points.
Ed note on access means (thanks to Voyageur):
1. Many of the following Route entries are accessed only from VIA Rail; here is the relevant part of the VIA schedule
http://www.myccr.com/SectionForums/view ... 07&t=31206
Paddlers intending to travel west from Armstrong will note that they reach Collins, Allanwater Bridge and Savant Lake only well after sunset, forcing them to stumble around in the dark, scarcely a safe activity.
2. A safer option is to reach Savant Lake by road and then take the eastbound train in the morning.
3. One can start also from one of many road-accessible access points; these points are however poorly documented.
4. More expensive is float-plane access; Armstrong is often used for this purpose.
ALLAN: Continue write-up.

 
Allanwater Bridge to Little Caribou Lake; via Allan Water, Wabakimi Lake, Smoothrock Lake and Caribou River. Online, Journal, Guide, Photos.
Sources: Private site and Canadian Canoe Routes, Ontario Forum.
Author: Ken Kokanie aka turtl.
Route description: Train from Armstrong to Allanwater Bridge; Allan Water, Brennan Lake, Granite Lake, Wabakimi Lake, Lower Wabakimi Lake, Smoothrock Lake, Funger Lake, Caribou River, Caribou Lake, Little Caribou Lake; vehicle shuttled from Armstrong.
Ed notes: Annotated photos; annotated printable 1:50k topos for the entire Route (rapids, portage locations & distances and campsites. Bravo!
Click on Wabakimi - June 2008 at
http://kokanie.ca/trip-reports
CCR discussion (Title at source: Wabakimi - Allanwater to Little Caribou.):
http://www.myccr.com/SectionForums/view ... =6&t=30715

Allanwater Bridge to Little Caribou Lake; via Allan Water, Wabakimi Lake, Smoothrock Lake and Caribou River. Online, Journal, Photos.
Source: Private site and Canadian Canoe Routes, Ontario Forum.
Author: true_north.
Route description: Drive to Armstrong, train to Allanwater Bridge, Allan Water, Brennan Lake, Granite Lake, Wabakimi Lake, Lower Wabakimi Lake, Smoothrock Lake, Funger Lake, Caribou River, Caribou Lake, Little Caribou Lake; vehicle shuttled from Armstrong.
CCR thread. Title at source: Intro to Wabakimi Provincial Park: Ten Day Paddling Trip.
http://www.myccr.com/SectionForums/view ... 08&t=36807
Report and photos (includes maps and marked campsites). Title at source: 2010 Wabakimi:Paddling to the Center of the Universe.
http://albinger.me/2010/09/29/2010-waba ... -universe/

Allanwater Bridge to Whitewater Lake; via Allan Water, Ogoki River and Grayson River. Online, Journal, Video.
Source: Canadian Canoe Routes, Ontario Forum.
Author: Ipaddle.
Title at source: Wabakimi July 2010.
Route description: Drive to Armstrong, train to Allanwater Bridge, Allan Water, Brennan Lake, Brennan Falls, Granite Lake, Granite Falls, Wabakimi Lake, River Bay, Kenoji Lake, Little Scragg Lake, Scragg Lake, Grayson River, Arril Lake, Whitewater Lake; float plane to Armstrong.
Report:
http://www.myccr.com/SectionForums/view ... 08&t=37227

Allanwater Bridge, Barrington Lake, Flindt River, Gault Lake, Allan Water, Brennan Lake, Change Lake, Dagger Lake, Snake Lake, Nemo River, Redhead Lake. Online, Journal, Notes, Photos.
Source: canoeing.com
Author: Timothy Eaton.
Route description: Allanwater Bridge (by train from Armstrong), northwest on lake, ponds, Foam Lake, Foam Creek, unnamed lake, Barrington Lake, Heafur Lake, Flindt River, Flet Lake, Flindt Lake, Gault Lake, Stump Lake, Allan Water, Brennan Lake, three unnamed lakes?, Change Lake, Dagger Lake, Jeannine Lake (at Toporama ?), Bullfrog Lake (at Toporama ?), Snake Lake, Nemo River, Osprey Lake, Scratchy Lake, Redhead Lake, Bingham Trail stop, train to Armstrong.
http://www.canoeing.com/rendezvous/trip ... bakimi.htm
This entry was written by Allan Jacobs.

Brightsand River. Online.
Source: Canadian Canoe Routes, Ontario Forum.
Author: jim z.
1. Places mentioned: Mountairy Lake, Gosling Lake, Rude Lake.
Title at source: Brightsand River Trip.
http://www.myccr.com/SectionForums/view ... 08&t=33901
2. Route description: Not described.
Title at source: Brightsand River Trip.
http://www.myccr.com/SectionForums/view ... 08&t=36490

Brightsand River. Harmon Lake to Sesenagaga Lake. Online, Photos.
Source: Canadian Canoe Routes, Ontario Forum.
Author: mich.
Route description: Harmon Lake, Brightsand River, Wapikaimaski Lake, Seseganaga Lake.
Title at CCR: 4 days trip to wabakimi
http://www.myccr.com/SectionForums/view ... 08&t=34555
Photos:
http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=2 ... 8cccd05d3e

Caribou Lake, Smoothrock Lake, Berg River, Ogoki River, Whitewater Lake, McKinley Lake, Funger Lake, Caribou Lake, Little Caribou Lake. Online, Journal, Photos.
Source: Private site.
Authors: Bill and Janice Stauttener.
Route description: Caribou Lake (by shuttle from Armstrong), Outlet Bay, Caribou River, Funger Lake, Caribou Bay of Smoothrock Lake, Outlet Bay, Berg River, Ogoki River junction, Whitewater Lake, Best Island, McKinley Bay, McKinley Lake, Laurent Lake (at Toporama?), Lonebreast Bay of Smoothrock Lake, Funger Lake, Caribou River, Caribou Lake, Little Caribou Lake.
Title at source: Wabakimi 2010.
http://billandjanice.stauttener.com/Can ... 20loop.pdf
This entry was written by Allan Jacobs.

Change Lake, Brennan Lake, Granite Lake. Online, Journal, Guide, Photos, Maps.
Source: Superior Trails Wabakimi library.
Route description: Change Lake (by float plane from Armstrong), Jeep Lake, Brennan Lake, Brennan Falls, Granite Lake, float plane to Armstrong.
http://www.superiortrails.com/canoe/wab ... lbum5.html

Davies Lake to Wabakimi Lake; via Burntrock Lake, Palisade River and Kenoji Lake. Book, Journal, Guide.
Callan, Kevin. A Paddler’s Guide to Quetico and Beyond. Boston Mills Press, Erin (2007).
Title at source: Wabakimi's Palisade River Route.
Author: Phil Cotton.
Route description: Davies Lake (Albany watershed; by float plane), Timon Lake, height-of-land portage, Muskiga Lake, Muskiga Creek, Burntrock Lake and Palisade River, Kenoji Lake, float-plane exit; documented continuation up Ogoki River to Wabakimi Lake.

Elf Lake and Granite Lake. Online, Journal, Photos.
Source: bwca.com
Ed note: Part of the Wabakimi Project.
Author: OneMatch.
Route description: Float plane from Armstrong to Elf Lake, Granite Lake, Granite Falls and Brennan Falls; trail to Otter Bluff Lake; return by float plane to Armstrong.
Title at source: The Wabakimi Project - The Ultimate Portage Clearing Trip!
http://www.bwca.com/index.cfm?fuseactio ... rp_id=2146
This entry was written by Allan Jacobs.

Flindt Landing, Flindt River, Wabakimi Lake, Palisade River, Grayson River, Whitewater Lake. Online, Journal, Photos.
Sources: Private site and Canadian Canoe Routes, Ontario Forum.
Author: CIIcanoe.
Route description: Flindt Landing by train from Armstrong; Flindt River, Heathcote Lake, Heafur Lake, Flet Lake, Flindt Lake, Head Lake, Tew Lake, Wabakimi Lake, River Bay, Kenoji Lake, Palisade River, Burntrock Lake, Palisade River, Slim Lake, Scrag Lake, Grayson River, Arril Lake, Grayson Lake, Grayson River, Whitewater Lake; float plane to Armstrong.
Link to report:
http://wabakimi.blogspot.com/
Link posted also at
http://www.bwca.com/index.cfm?fuseactio ... rp_id=1239
CCR thread. Title at source: Trip Report- CIIcanoe Canoes Wabakimi.
http://www.myccr.com/SectionForums/view ... 08&t=31106

Flindt Landing, Flindt River, Wabakimi Lake, Palisade River, Grayson River, Whitewater Lake, Smoothwater Lake, Boiling Sand River, Collins. Online, Journal, Photos, Map.
Source: Private site.
Author: true_north.
Route description (condensed): Flindt Landing by train, Flindt River, Heathcote Lake, Wabakimi Lake, Ogoki River, Kenoji Lake, Palisade River, Scrag Lake, Arril Lake, Grayson Lake, Grayson River, Whitewater Lake, Best Island, Lonebreast Bay, Smoothwater Lake, Boiling Sand River, Collins train stop.
Title at source:2011- Smoke Over Wabakimi!
http://albinger.me/2011/09/01/2011-smok ... abakimi-2/
This entry was written by Allan Jacobs.

Flindt Landing, Heathcote Lake, Devizes Lake, Harris Lake. Online, Journal, Photos.
Source: Private site.
Authors: Bill and Janice Stauttener.
Route description: Flindt Landing (by train from Armstrong), Heathcote Lake, Devizes Lake, Neston Lake, unnamed lake, Harris Lake, float plane to Armstrong.
Title at source: Wabakimi Project Canoe Trip, 2009.
http://billandjanice.stauttener.com/Can ... 20Lake.pdf
This entry was written by Allan Jacobs.

Granite Lake and Brennan Lake. Online, Journal.
Source: Superior Trails Wabakimi library.
Route description: Granite Lake (by float plane from Armstrong), Granite Falls, Brennan Falls, Brennan Lake; float plane to Armstrong.
http://www.superiortrails.com/canoe/wab ... lbum3.html

Greenbush Lake to Rockcliff Lake. Online, Photos.
Location: Osnaburgh House.
Author: Mark Hyrcak.
Route description: Greenbush Lake, Little Metig Lake, Metig Lake, Rockcliff Lake.
Ed note: Wabakimi Project trip.
Title at source: Wabakimi.
http://web.mac.com/mah9/canoeandcamera/wabakimi.html

Little Caribou Lake, Caribou Lake, Smoothrock Lake, Onamakawash Lake, Schultz’s Trail. Online, Journal, Photos.
Source: bwca.com
Author: jcavenagh.
Route description: Little Caribou Lake (by shuttle from Armstrong), Caribou Lake, Caribou River, Funger Lake, Caribou Bay, Smoothrock Lake, Lookout River, Spring Lake, Onamakawash Lake, Schultz’s Trail, train to Armstrong.
Title at source: One less item on the Bucket List - Wabakimi 2011.
http://www.bwca.com/index.cfm?fuseactio ... rp_id=2746
This entry was written by Allan Jacobs.

Little Savant River.
Ed note: Wabakimi Project trip.
Authors: Bill and Janice Stauttener.
Route description: Little Savant River.
http://billandjanice.stauttener.com/Can ... 202007.pdf

Schultz’s Trail to Whitewater Lake; via Lookout River, Smoothrock Lake and Ogoki River. Journal, Guide.
Source: Callan, Kevin. Ontario’s Lost Canoe Routes. Boston Mills Press, Erin (2002). Title at source: Wabakimi Provincial Park.
Also Callan, Kevin. Top 50 Canoe Routes of Ontario. Firefly Books, Richmond Hill and Buffalo (2011). Title at source: Wabakimi Provincial Park.
Also Callan, Kevin. A Paddler’s Guide to Quetico and Beyond. Boston Mills Press, Erin (2007). Title at source: Wabakimi’s Center of the Universe Route.
Route description: Schultz’s Trail (CNR line), Onamakawash Lake, Lookout River, Spring Lake, Smoothrock Lake, Outlet Bay, Berg River, Ogoki River, Whitewater Lake, Best Island; float plane to Armstrong.
Alternate egress, documented but not paddled: Whitewater Lake, McKinley Lake, Laurant Lake (not at Toporama), Lonebreast Bay of Smoothrock Lake, Caribou Bay, Funger Lake, Caribou River, Outlet Bay of Caribou Lake, road to Armstrong.
Also (journal only)
Source: Thomas, Alister. More of Canada’s Best Canoe Routes. Boston Mills Press, Erin (2003).
Author: Kevin Callan.
Title at source: Wabakimi Provincial Park: Laser Guns, Pi and the Center of the Universe.

Schultz's Trail to Albany River; via Lookout River, Palisade River and Misehkow River. Book, Guide.
Reid, Ron and Janet Grand. Canoeing Ontario’s Rivers: Great Canoe Trips in Canada’s Northern Wilderness. Sierra Club Books, San Francisco (1986).
Ed note: Out of print but well worth a search.
Coverage: Schultz's Trail to Fort Hope.
Route description: Schultz's Trail, Onamakawash Lake, Lookout River, Spring Lake, Smoothrock Lake, Lower Wabakimi Lake, Wabakimi Lake, River Bay, Kenoji Lake, Palisade River, Burntrock Lake, Muskiga Lake, Timon Lake, Rockcliffe Lake, Misehkow River, Iron Falls, Albany River confluence, ... , Fort Hope.

Palisade River. Burntrock Lake to Kenoji Lake. Online, Journal, Guide, Maps, Photos.
Source: Superior Trails Wabakimi library.
Route description: Burntrock Lake (by float plane from Armstrong), Palisade River, Webster Creek confluence, Kenoji Lake; float plane to Armstrong.
http://www.superiortrails.com/canoe/wab ... lbum4.html

Pashkokogan Lake. Online, Journal.
Source: Canadian Canoe Routes, Ontario Forum.
Author: Debbie.
Ed note: Wabakimi Project trip.
Title at source: Wabakimi Trip 2008 - Updates.
http://www.myccr.com/SectionForums/view ... 08&t=29981

Pashkokogan Lake to Greenbush Lake; return. Online, Photos.
Location: Osnaburgh House.
Author: Mark Hyrcak.
Route description: Pashkokogan Lake, East Pashkokogan Lake, Greenbush Lake; return.
Title at source: Greenbush.
http://web.mac.com/mah9/canoeandcamera/greenbush.html

Rockcliff Lake, Misehkow River loop. Online, Journal.
Ed note: Wabakimi Project trip.
Source: Canadian Canoe Routes, Ontario Forum.
Author: Jonny.
Route description: Rockcliff Lake (by float plane from Armstrong), Misehkow River, Coles Lake, Wet Lake (at Toporama?), Early Lake (at Toporama?), Late Lake (at Toporama?), Colehouse Lake (at Toporama?), Rockcliff Lake.
Title at source: Wabakimi Trip Report.
http://www.myccr.com/SectionForums/view ... 08&t=18134

Shawanabis Lake. Online, Journal.
Source: Superior Trails Wabakimi library.
Route description: Shawanabis Lake (by train from Armstrong), day trip to Kokosh Lake (at Toporama?; to the southwest of Shawanabis), float plane to Armstrong.
http://www.superiortrails.com/canoe/wab ... um4-2.html

Shawanabis Lake, Kopka River, Bukemiga Lake. Online, Journal, Photos.
Source: Superior Trails Wabakimi library.
Route description: Shawanabis Lake (by train from Armstrong), Boulder Lake, Kopka River confluence, Kenakskaniss Lake, Mink Bridge Portage (still exists? See Ken Kokanie’s report), Wigwasan Lake, Bukemiga Lake, Rte 527.
http://www.superiortrails.com/canoe/wabakimi_album.html

Wabakimi area. Online.
Source: Superior Trails Wabakimi library.
Ed note: Canoe stories / Journal fragment.
Route description: Little Jackfish River, Lake Nipigon, Kopka River, Obonga Lake.
Ed note: Travel on the Little Jackfish is hazardous due to releases from the dam upstream.
http://www.superiortrails.com/canoe/canoe_journal2.html