Zec Kipawa Tuk Tuk Loop

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Submitter & Author Information
Route submitted by: 
John Cann
Trip Date : 
August 22 2022
Additional Route Information
96 km
5 days
Loop Trip: 
Portage Information
No. of portages: 
Total Portage Distance: 
3200 m
Longest Portage: 
552 m
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Background Trip Info
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Route Description
Access to Put-In Information: 

Acess was at the Ostaboningue camping area and boat launch. Reached by taking Chemin Penetration for 39 km from the town of Bearn. Road is gravel but in good condition and it took us about 45 minutes with a Hyundai Elantra Touring wagon. 

Trip Journal/Log/Report/Diary: 

On Monday drove from Cambridge, Ontario to Bearn, Quebec. Left Cambridge at 9;45 am and with a 1 hour stop for lunch and construction delays arrived in Bearn at 5;30 pm. The office is closed at 6 and opens at 8. We registered and paid for our trip and acquired the Zec Kipawa topographic canoe route map. Note - this map does not show where portages are located and we used the GPS coordinates provided online in the Guide to canoe-camping circuits Zec Kipawa 3_documents_1.pdf (reseauzec.com). The most reliable camp site locations based on our experince are those noted on the park map but we found that the ones that were said to be at the portages were mostly non existent. You can't make reservations, but you can register and pay online instead of the park office,  Drove to Villle-Marie (aprox 20 minutes from Bearn) for dinner and lodgings at Motel Louise.

Day 1: Had breakfast in Ville-Marie and then drove to the put in. We were on the water of Lac Ostaboningue by 11. We had a slight tail wind. Had lunch on a nice beach and stopped around 4 to set up camp on the site on the cluster of larger islands near the south end of the lake. Campsite had a decent beach,nice flat tent pads and some camp craft type tables, nice views out to the water. No sitting logs or thunder box. This was the only day that we saw another canow on the water. The one we saw was on the other side of the lake from us and going north.

Day  2: On the water by 9:30  and portaged into Lac Hunter's Point. The next few km had a high concentration of cottage/camp structures. We visitited the church at Hunter's Point before entering the Audoin River. Exploring the church is well worth the stop.  We portaged into Lac Du Bouleau and from their into Lac Pommeroy. The last half of the day was a strong cross or head wind. We stopped to camp around 4 at the island site across from Baie Cuchene. Very very nice site with beautiful views, rock, flat tent pads, large fire pit and elboarate bench with its own matchning table. Seems to be heavily used by the motor boat campers. There was a park supplied thunder box but it had been filled with garbage bags so what not useable. 

Day 3: Cross and head winds again today. On the water by 9 and had a short day. Portaged into Lac a l'eau Claire and then into Saseginaga. The first portage seemed to have been longer than 375 m but it was on very easy to travel ATV road. It may have been 1 km. Camped on site about a km east of the portage, We decided to stop early due to strong head winds and the lack of marked campsites in our direction of travel. Rained overnight.

Day 4: On the water by 9:30. A strong head wind today and threatened rain all day. Canoed the length of Lac Saseginaga and portaged into Lac Ecarte. Amazing rapids from Saseginaga into Ecarte that would be a great place to swim in on a warmer day. Camped around 4:30 at island campsite just before the portage into Lac North. Very nice campsite - lots and lots of tent pad areas, big long sitting bench, beautiful views, nice fire pit.

Day 5: On water by 9:30. Traveled the prtages and lakes to the Cerise River that flows into Lac Cinq de Miles. Cerise river had no obstacles, good water levels and a sandy bottom. We camped that night on the last site at the end of the lake on south side. The poorest site of our trip. Had a good beach for swimming, no seating, tent pad was near the thunder bos (but at least it had a thunder box I guess). First site where bugs were an issue (no-see-ums) and misquitoes sounded fierce from within the safety of the tent.

Day 6: on the water by 9:30, travelled to the end of the lake and portaged into Sasesanga River or River Cerise as called on topo. Spent the day on the river, there is one portage that is not identified in the Park documentation. It is about 100 m and well marked. About 1 hour from the end of the river there is a nice rock ledge section that made a good late lunch spot. Other than this and the portage there are not really any other spots that are great for getting out of the canoe, Once out into lac Ostabongue we had planned on camping at a nice beach camp site just south of the river entrance into the lake. Unfortunately the site was occuped by motor boat campers. our alternate site on the small island beside the larger island forther north on the lake turned out to be very very nice. Fantastic views, great swimming, good tent pads, lots of sunny rock and shade areas.

Day 7: A early morning thunderstorm delayed our departure and we were not on the water until 11. Had a nice tail wind for our last stretch and the 5 km was done in leass than an hour. Loaded up the car and dropped off our registration at the park office in Bearn. The local small eating places were all closed due to it being Monday so a late lunch was had in Temiscaming. We were back in Cambridge by 9 pm.

General Comments: No bugs, very warm waters, very little motor boat activity, well marked portages, easy and well maintained portages, lots of historical logging activity remnants along the portages, winds can be a problem, lovely beaches, amazing scenery, very good acess roads. Almost all the lakes have road acess of some sort and have a cottage or 2 or more. When we were there we only saw 4 motor boats on the water but at other times of year it must be more active. Good location if you like to know that help can likely be obtained within half  a day. We spent 7 days but can be done in 5. Camp sites marked on the map often don't match reality on the ground and there are not a lot of campsites if use is high.

Maps Required
Topo Maps (1:50,000): 
31 M/2 Lac Ostabonngue
Other Maps: 
Zec Kipawa Topographic map available from park office in Bearn


Post date: Sat, 09/03/2022 - 16:39


A great trip.