Boiling Sand River Chain to Little Caribou Lake

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88 km
5 days
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Total Portage Distance: 
1854 m
Longest Portage: 
565 m
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This "Train In--Paddle Out" route begins 19.3 miles west of Armstrong, ON on the CNR line and ends at the Caribou L. Road, 5.5km from Armstrong.

There are plenty of campsites (except in the east channel of Smoothrock L.) and excellent opportunities for wildlife viewing and angling. Allow 2-3
extra days for these leisure activities and for inclement weather. Care should be taken crossing the open sections of Smoothrock L. into Caribou
Bay and the mouth of Outlet Bay on Caribou L.

Day One
Paddle NE across Bath L. to a small bay on the east shore.
Portage 128m into Boiling Sand R. from a blaze on a small spruce.
Paddle NE 800m to the east shore of the river.
Portage 198m into Boiling Sand R.
Paddle NW into the northmost bay.
Portage 77m into Gnome L. (part of Boiling Sand R.)
Paddle N, to the first bay on the east shore.
Portage 100m into Tamarack L. or, during high water, paddle or walk canoes
down the sandy-bottomed creek.

Day Two
Paddle NE along the west shore of Tamarack L.
Portage 176m on the left side of the Boiling Sand R.
Paddle down the Boiling Sand R.
Portage 565m into Smoothrock L.
Paddle N through the east channel of Smoothrock L. into Caribou Bay.
Paddle SE then E through Caribou Bay to the outflow of the Caribou R.

Day Three
Portage 66m from the sand beach at the eastern extremity of Caribou Bay
into the Caribou R..
Paddle across a pool in the Caribou R.
Portage 154m.
Paddle or track upstream through a small swift, then SE on the Caribou R.
Portage 66m.
Paddle upstream.
Portage 110m into Outlet Bay on Caribou L.

Day Four
Paddle SE to the mouth of Outlet Bay on Caribou L.
Paddle S to the south tip of Beaver Island.
Paddle SE into the bay where a stream flows from Little Caribou L.
Portage 250m into Little Caribou L.

Day Five
Paddle S on Little Caribou L. to the Caribou L. Road bridge

Maps Required
Topo Maps (1:50,000): 
Armstrong 52 I/6 Goldsborough Lake 52 I/11
Other Maps: 
Provincial Series Maps Armstrong 52 I/SW Whitewater 52 I/NW Section Maps S-16, S-24 Crimestoppers North of Superior Explorer Wabakimi Provincial Park Map
Special Comments: 

Wabakimi Provincial Park features very few loop routes. Extended parking of unattended vehicles is not recommended for several reasons (mechanical failure, lost keys, vandalism, remoteness and lack of hitchhiking opportunities). Visitors are encouraged to leave their vehicles with a local outfitter and use the latter`s air and/or road shuttle services.

Westbound VIA Rail service ex Armstrong (Wednesday, Friday or Sunday) will make unscheduled stops to drop off canoeists. The rate per person is that charged to the next scheduled stop plus one adult fare per canoe and gear. Space is limited. Advance reservations are strongly recommended.


Post date: Sat, 01/01/2000 - 07:00


All difficulty ratings should be "intermediate"

Outfitter clients get priority on canoe baggage loading.