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Ed note: This post contains Folders 6 and 7 (of 7) for Manitoba's North region.

Folder 6. Hayes

Contents.
Hayes River and its tributaries, including the Fox River system and the Gods River system.
Exclusion: The Nelson River system (except the upper Nelson River when paddled as part of a Hayes trip).

Start information for the Fox River system.

Ed notes:
1. The Fox River system is used primarily to connect the Nelson River and the Hayes River. It was used in the early days of the fur trade but, being suitable for only small canoes, was abandoned in favour of the Saskatchewan River-Nelson River-Echimamish River-Hayes River route.
2. The following provides Information entries for the Fox River and its major tributaries (Bigstone River, Cyril River, Dafoe River, Gowan River, High Hill River, Stupart River). Route entries (as opposed to Information entries) for the Fox system are posted in Folder 7.

Fox River. Information and Features.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fox_River_(Manitoba)
Ed note: The Bigstone River is a tributary, not a branch, of the Fox River.
http://www.foxriver-outfitters.com/
http://www.infomine.com/index/propertie ... OJECT.html
http://www.infomine.com/index/propertie ... _SILL.html
http://www.manitoba.ca/iem/mrd/geo/fiel ... -12-99.pdf
https://www.google.ca/search?q=fox+rive ... 66&bih=602
Features.
Atkinson Lake (fed by the Cyril River; connected by a short portage to the Nelson basin) and start of the Fox River, Dafoe River confluence, Bigstone River confluence, Thickbush Creek confluence, Camp Rapids, “Sipanigo River” confluence (channel of Bigstone River), Great Falls, Gowan River confluence, creek confluence, Rainbow Falls, Stupart River confluence, Hayes River junction (below Wachichakapasew Cliff).
This entry was written by Allan Jacobs.

Bigstone River. Information and Features.
http://www.foxriver-outfitters.com/
Ed note: I found little on the web but paddling material.
http://pam.minisisinc.com/scripts/mwima ... SIONSEARCH
http://travelingluck.com/North%20Americ ... River.html
Features.
Bear Lake, Bigstone River, Bigstone Lake, past Hackland Lake, Mostos Falls, Ox Rapids, Utik River confluence, McKay Creek confluence, “Sipanigo River” channel to river right, Brown Rapids, High Hill River confluence, Fox River junction.
This entry was written by Allan Jacobs.

Cyril River. Information and Features.
Ed note: The following provides a map.
http://www.myfishmaps.com/intl-fishing- ... ril_River/
Features.
... , West Cyril Lake (near Aiken River), Maskwapin Lake, Atkinson Lake and start of the Fox River.
This entry was written by Allan Jacobs.

Dafoe River. Information and Features.
http://www.foxriver-outfitters.com/
Ed note: The following provides a map.
http://www.myfishmaps.com/intl-fishing- ... foe_River/
Features.
Neepionikup Lake (by portage from the Nelson River), Dafoe Lake (outlet from Gunn Lake), Dafoe River, Wetiko Lake, unnamed lakes, Hubley Lake, Diana River confluence (from Diana Lake, southeast of Joy Lake), Duncan River confluence (Benton Lake, Three Sister Lakes, Gibbons Creek confluence, Hern Lake), two channels (on the left or north channel: Walton Evans Rapids and John Moore Rapids), Foster Rapids, unnamed Lake, past Hawes Lake, Fox River junction (a much smaller river).
This entry was written by Allan Jacobs.

Gowan River. Information and Features.
Tributary of the Fox River.
You may have to copy and paste the following
http://www.chinci.com/travel/pax/q/5963 ... 3933|Gowan River|CA|Canada|America/Winnipeg|03|STM|55.8133430|-94.1477754|Manitoba
Features.
Headwaters (about 2 km east of Bigstone Lake), Love Creek confluence, outlet from Gidilevich Lake, Bowman Creek confluence, Marshall Creek confluence, Jack Scott Rapids, outlet from Kawhanashoiakseepee Lake, John Davis Rapids, Roberts Rapids, Fox River junction.
This entry was written by Allan Jacobs.

High Hill River. Information and Features.
Ed note: Not Manitoba’s other High Hill River, the one that enters the Hayes downstream from Brassey Hill.
http://www.silsbylakelodge.com/high-hil ... tpost-camp
Features.
Silsby Lake, High Hill Lake, Whitley Lake, Kinisegway Lake, Lungstrum Lake, Bert-Gerrons Lake, unnamed lake, Bigstone River junction.
This entry was written by Allan Jacobs.

Stupart River. Information and Features.
http://www.infomine.com/index/propertie ... RIVER.html
https://www.google.ca/search?q=stupart+ ... 66&bih=602
Features.
Headwaters lie north and a bit east of Bear Lake (Bigstone River).
... , outlets from Arnold Robinson Lake and Robert Clark Lake, Onakoyami Rapids, confluences (Waposkwayan River, Roberts creek, Atikosis Creek, Moosocheas River), Atikosis Lake, Stupart Lake, Karloske River confluence, Smith Rapids, Otter Falls, Jackfish Falls, Fox River junction.
This entry was written by Allan Jacobs.

End information for the Fox River system.
Start information for the Gods River system.

Gods River and Gods Lake. Information.
Gods River.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gods_River,_Manitoba
https://www.google.ca/search?q=gods+riv ... 66&bih=602
http://www.gov.mb.ca/conservation/wno/s ... _manto.pdf
http://www.mantosipi.com/About-Us.html
http://www.mantosipi.com/
http://www.city-data.com/canada/God-s-R ... -land.html
http://www.godsriverlodge.com/
Gods Lake and Gods Lake Narrows.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gods_Lake_ ... ,_Manitoba
https://www.google.ca/search?q=gods+lak ... 66&bih=602 http://www.godslake.com/
http://www.elkislandlodge.com/
Shamattawa.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shamattawa,_Manitoba
https://www.google.ca/search?q=Shamatta ... 66&bih=602
http://kitayan.ca/?p=275
http://www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/mb/detach/shamattawa-eng.htm
http://www.city-data.com/canada/Shamatt ... -land.html
http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/local/ ... 02621.html
http://www.galdu.org/web/index.php?odas ... iella1=eng
Environment Canada Water Office. Gods River near Shamattawa.
http://www.wateroffice.ec.gc.ca/graph/g ... tn=04AD002
This entry was written by Allan Jacobs.

Gods River. Features.
Ed note: Kanuchuan Lake lies in Ontario.
Gods Lake (the lake is fed by the Kanuchuan River; formal start of Gods River?; also settlement), Semmens River confluence, Marshall Falls, Sturgeon Falls, Timeew Eiver confluence, Muskeg Falls, Nepisew Creek confluence, Big Bear Falls, Pakwaw Creek confluence, Red Sucker River confluence, South Opuskiamishes River confluence , Pisew Rapids, North Opuskiamishes Rivers confluence, Deer Neck Island, Red Mud Rapids, Waterlily River confluence, Echoing River confluence, Shamattawa, confluences (Rabbit Track River, Wigwam Creek), outlet from Raisin Lake, Wachi Rapids, Wakaw and Yakaw Islands, Yakaw River confluence, Little Hayes Creek confluence, Hayes River junction.
This entry was written by Allan Jacobs.

Island Lake and Island Lake River. Information and Features.
Ed note: Island Lake is both the name of the lake and a collective name for several settlements (Garden Hill, Waasagomach, St Theresa Point).
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Island_Lake,_Manitoba
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Island_Lake_(Manitoba)
http://www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/mb/detach/islandlake-eng.htm
http://kitayan.ca/?p=113
http://www.gov.mb.ca/ana/publications/c ... e_2011.pdf
http://www.winnipegsun.com/2012/02/10/p ... land-lakes
https://www.google.ca/search?q=island+l ... 66&bih=602
http://www.mfnerc.org/2013/07/bear-lake ... gathering/
Visit of John Semmens and party to the area in 1910.
Excerpt: “The treaty party of the four white men and a minimum of nine Indians (local Indians were added as guides where needed) left Selkirk on 25 May and before returning on 7 September covered 3,000 miles by canoe, steamboat and Hudson Bay sailing boat. Their course followed the major canoe routes—the Berens, Nelson, Burntwood and Hayes Rivers.”
http://www.mhs.mb.ca/docs/mb_history/15/thomas_av.shtml
Island Lake River features.
Island Lake, Pelican Rapids, Lynx Rapids, Bad Rapids, Bigstone Rapids, Carrot Rapids, Sakwaysew Rapids, Bee Falls, Apasi Rapids, Kanuchuwanus Rapids, Goose Lake (Stevenson River confluence), White Deer Rapids, Waypapeekowin Rapids, Beaver Hill Lake, Kanuchuan River, Kanuchuan Rapids, Gods Lake.
This entry was written by Allan Jacobs.

Red Sucker River and Red Sucker Lake. Information and Features.
Settlements of Red Sucker Lake, Omineeseenowenik and Piponshewanik.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red_Sucker ... rst_Nation
http://www.eastsideroadauthority.mb.ca/ ... 72013.html
http://www.eastsideroadauthority.mb.ca/ ... rlake.html
River features.
Red Sucker Lake (apparent start of the Red Sucker River), Kuchechek Rapids, Namayopaskeetayhonik Lake, Mankoskapakayak River confluence, outlet from Mechekan Lake, Namay Falls, Sharpe Lake, MacDonald Island, Okas Creek confluence (from Okas Lake), Kanusasu River confluence, Sakik Creek confluence, Kitchisakik Bay of Edmund Lake, Wapaminakoskak Narrows, Dyne Lake and outlet from Kenyon Lake, several channels, Red Cross Lake, Stull River confluence, confluence of channel (not named at either Toporama or mytopo; White Goose River is a tributary) from Red Cross Lake, Red Sucker Rapids, Bear Point and Gods River junction.
This entry was written by Allan Jacobs.

End information for the Gods River system.
Start information for the Hayes River and its other tributaries.

Carrot River. Information and Features.
Ed notes:
1. No information was found online.
2. This is not the Manitoba Carrot River that is a tributary of the Saskatchewan River (entering it at The Pas). Rather, it is a tributary of the Hayes River, entering it at Oxford Lake.
Features.
Ed note: The sole source for the following is Toporama; to be specific, I have no information regarding which of the three portage routes is preferred.
The Carrot can be accessed from Cross Lake (Nelson River) via Walker River and Walker Lake; from the latter, one has the choice of two routes.
The southern route (no marked portage) passes from Walker Lake to the unnamed lake at the headwaters of the Carrot River.
The northern route passes through Kapaspwaypanik Lake, from which one has the choice of two marked portages to Carrot River below the unnamed lake.
There follow: a long, narrow (unnamed?) lake, Ryne Creek confluence, Wakehao Lake, Brogden Lake, Carrot Bay of Oxford Lake.
This entry was written by Allan Jacobs.

Echimamish River. Information and Features.
Ed note: Strangely, a tributary of both the Nelson and the Hayes; the Painted Stone Portage is used only to bypass a rocky stretch; posted here because it is almost always paddled in order to access the Hayes River.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Echimamish_River
http://www.chrs.ca/Rivers/Hayes/Hayes-F_e.php
http://www.myccr.com/gallery/displayima ... um=2&pos=5
http://www.mhs.mb.ca/docs/sites/hayesriver.shtml
http://itouchmap.com/?c=ca&UF=-564030&UN=-797309&DG=STM
http://books.google.ca/books?id=eBn41p- ... er&f=false
https://www.google.ca/search?q=Echimami ... 66&bih=602
The following link reproduces the Diary of Nicholas Garry, as published in Proceedings and Transactions of the Royal Society of Canada, Second Series, Volume VI, Meeting of May 1900. The text mentions explicitly the Painted Stone Portage.
http://books.google.ca/books?id=8VIxAQA ... ge&f=false
Ed note: Some relevant images follow.
https://www.google.ca/search?q=painted+ ... 66&bih=602
Features.
Features as approached from Lake Winnipeg: Nelson River (East Channel), Norway House, Sesep Bay, Sea River Falls, Carpenters Lake; start Echimamish River, Hairy Lake, outlet from Butterfly Lake, Half Circle Creek confluence, outlet from Kotenko Lake, Kisayinew Creek confluence, outlet from Joyal Lake, Painted Stone Portage, Hayes River junction.
This entry was written by Allan Jacobs.

Gunisao Lake and Gunisao River. Information and Features.
Ed note: The river is a tributary of the Nelson River, entering it Mission Island.
Gunisao Lake.
http://www.buddsgunisaolakelodge.com/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gunisao_Lake_Airport
River features.
Ed note: Names of some rapids are omitted; please consult Toporama if you want them.
... , Makwa Lake, unnamed? lake, Bennett Lake, unnamed? lake, Gunisao Lake (airstrip), Omachasic Lake, Numayweestaykwan Rapids, unnamed? lake, Pisew Rapids and Falls, rapids (R) and creek (C) confluences (Wekaysi R, Mitoskwunnis R, Minako R, Inotookinosaysis R and C confluence, Isputtinoow R, Sakowe R, Muskwa R, Kakenopaskauk C confluence, Wapukasew R, Ininiwekun R, Winnipeko R, Kawakitchewasik R), McLaughlin River confluence and Neketawak settlement, Diamond Rapids, Jam Rapids, unnamed? island (Kamachichiwasic Rapids on left side, Opatinow Rapids on right side), Delta Island (Muskwa Creek confluence on right channel), Towers Island and Mission Island (on the right-most channel of the Nelson River, below Playgreen Lake).
Neketawak.
Ed note: Online but only weather information is provided.
Environment Canada Water Office. Gunisao River at Jam Rapids.
http://www.wateroffice.ec.gc.ca/graph/g ... tn=05UA003
This entry was written by Allan Jacobs.

Hayes River. Information.
Dalton, Anthony. River Rough, River Smooth: Adventures on Manitoba's Historic Hayes River. Dundurn (2010).
McInnes, William. The Basins of Nelson and Churchill Rivers. Canada Department of Mines. Geological Survey. 1913. Memoir No. 30.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hayes_River
http://www.unsurpassedwaters.com/paddli ... yes-river/
http://www.mhs.mb.ca/docs/sites/hayesriver.shtml
http://www.chrs.ca/Rivers/Hayes/Hayes_e.htm
http://www.chrs.ca/Rivers/Hayes/Hayes_e.php
http://www.chrs.ca/Rivers/Hayes/Hayes-F_e.php
http://www.gov.mb.ca/conservation/parks ... ivers.html
http://www.northernsoul.ca/adventures_hayes.htm
http://www.wildernessspirit.com/hayesarticlec.htm
http://bivouac.com/GtxPg.asp?GtxId=313
http://www.gov.mb.ca/conservation/parks ... _final.pdf
https://www.google.ca/search?q=hayes+ri ... 66&bih=602
Ed note: R K Groff’s site is recommended.
http://rkgroff.tripod.com/riverweb/Default.htm
Environment Canada Water Office. Hayes River below Gods River.
http://www.wateroffice.ec.gc.ca/graph/g ... tn=04AB001
This entry was written by Allan Jacobs.

Hayes River. Parks and Places.
Ed note: I found no links to provincial parks on the Hayes, even at
http://www.gov.mb.ca/conservation/parks ... #northeast
Oxford House.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oxford_House,_Manitoba
http://www.city-data.com/canada/Oxford- ... -land.html
http://kitayan.ca/?p=234
http://www.gov.mb.ca/conservation/wno/s ... onibee.pdf
http://www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/mb/detach/oxfordhouse-eng.htm
https://www.google.ca/search?q=oxford+h ... 66&bih=602
Oxford Lake.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oxford_Lake
Swampy Lake.
http://pam.minisisinc.com/scripts/mwima ... SIONSEARCH
York Factory.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/York_Factory
http://www.pc.gc.ca/lhn-nhs/mb/yorkfactory/index.aspx
http://www.yorkfactoryfirstnation.ca/
http://www.hydro.mb.ca/projects/keeyask/york_aea.pdf
http://www.ktc.ca/home/communities/york-factory
http://www.pc.gc.ca/lhn-nhs/mb/yorkfact ... tours.aspx
http://www.hbcheritage.ca/hbcheritage/h ... forts/york
http://www.hbcheritage.ca/hbcheritage/h ... forts/york
http://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.com/ ... k-factory/
http://www.mhs.mb.ca/docs/sites/yorkfactory.shtml
http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/top ... rk-Factory
https://www.google.ca/search?q=York+Fac ... 66&bih=602
This entry was written by Allan Jacobs.

Hayes River. Features.
Molson Lake (confluences of Paimusk Creek, Keepeewiskawakun River, Molson River and Kaweepapiskawakamak River?), Onakamik Rapids, Echimamish River confluence, Bradley Bay of Robinson Lake, Robinson Portage, Logan Lake, Oskatukaw Rapids, Ohoomisewe Rapids, Wetikoweskwattam, Opiminegoka Lake, Windy Lake, Hahasew Rapids, Moore Rapids, Seeseep Rapids, Wipanipanis Falls and Portage, Washikamow River confluence, Oxford Lake (and Carrot River confluence), Oxford House, Wapow Narrows, Back Lake, Rapids( Kawepinikateekopasow, Kiasokanowak, Knife and Wapatakosanik), Trout Falls, Knee Lake, Opischikona Narrows, Maskichikwan Narrows, Cebanakasipee Bay, Paktikonika Rapids, Apakisthemosi Rapids, Apithapakiticanona Rapids, Swampy Lake, Wetiko Rapids, Pakisikan Rapids, Nunatonowago Rapids, Neesootakuskaywin Rapids, Kakwa Rapids, High Hill Rapids, Brassey Hill, High Hill River confluence (Ed note: The other High Hill River in MB is a direct tributary of the Bigstone River and so an indirect tributary of the Fox River), Katasako Rapids, Apetowikossan Rapids, Slanted Rock Rapids, Tachipo River confluence, Whitemud Falls, Berwick Falls, Kakwa Creek confluence, Wachichakapasew Cliff and Fox River confluence, Rapid Hill Creek confluence, Gods River confluence, Pennycutaway River confluence, Seal Island, York Factory and Hudson Bay.
Ed note: Parties usually exit to Gillam by float plane, then to Wabowden or Thompson by train or float plane.
This entry was written by Allan Jacobs.

Hungry River. Information.
Not the Hungry River that flows into the west side of Lake Winnipeg; this one flows into Aswapiswanan Lake and on (via Mink River, Touchwood Lakeand Vermilyea Lake) to Gods Lake (south of the Narrows).
This entry was written by Allan Jacobs.

Mahigan River. Information and Features.
Ed note: Tributary of the Bigstone River; no other information was found online.
Features.
Cotton Lake (reached from Cross Lake as follows: Kapayakwak Portage, Black Rabbit Lake, portage, Kapakwawakak River confluence), Bear Lake and start of the Bigstone River.
This entry was written by Allan Jacobs.

York River. Information and Features.
Ed note: Reached by northward portage from the east end of Island Lake; it flows into Red Sucker Lake.
Features.
York Lake, York River, Duck Lake (Mosquito Portage from Angling Lake), Sopay Creek confluence, Red Sucker Lake.
This entry was written by Allan Jacobs.

Start Route entries for the Hayes River system.
Ed note: More Hayes River Routes are (or will be) posted in the Manitoba Route Information entry at
http://www.myccr.com/phpbbforum/viewtop ... 13&t=36779 ,
in the subsection “Lengthy Routes ... “.

Hayes River. Norway House to York Factory. Journal, Guide.
Wilson, Hap and Stephanie Aykroyd. Wilderness Rivers of Manitoba. Canadian Recreational Canoeing Association, Merrickville (1998).
This entry was written by Allan Jacobs.

Hayes River. Lake Winnipeg to York Factory. Guide.
Source: Manitoba Department of Natural Resources, Parks Branch.
Title: The Middle Track & Hayes River Route.
Author: Réal Bérard.
Available for purchase at
http://www.canadamapsales.com/en/catalo ... index.html
The map is recommended to be used only in conjunction with topos.
This entry was written by Allan Jacobs.

Hayes River. Lake Winnipeg to Churchill. Online, Journal.
Source: University of Wisconsin (Milwaukee) Library, Sigurd F Olson web site.
http://www4.uwm.edu/letsci/research/sig ... ntents.htm
Ed notes:
1. The author of the commentary (fragmentary and mostly of historical interest only) is not specified.
2. Participants in this 1964 trip were Sigurd F Olson, Omond Solandt, Elliot Rodger, “Tony” Lovink, Denis Coolican and Blair Fraser.
Title at source: Voyageurs 1964: The Hudson Bay Diary.
http://www4.uwm.edu/letsci/research/sig ... _diary.htm
Photos.
http://www4.uwm.edu/letsci/research/sig ... photos.htm
This entry was written by Allan Jacobs.

Hayes River. Oxford House to York Factory. Online, Journal.
Author: rkgroff.
Route description: Drive to Thompson, flight to Oxford House, Hayes River features, York Factory.
Ed notes:
1. Contains also a brief history of the Hayes.
2. The link to the history of the Hudson’s Bay Company is broken.
http://rkgroff.tripod.com/riverweb/Default.htm
This entry was written by Allan Jacobs.

Hayes River. Oxford House to York Factory. Online, Notes, Photos.
Source: Private site.
Author: unknown.
Route description: Hayes River features.
Title at source: Wet and bumpy - down the Hayes River.
http://zu.chmail.com/Hayes.html
This entry was written by Allan Jacobs.

Hayes River. Hairy Lake to Swampy Lake. Online, Notes.
Source: Paddle Manitoba Canoe and Kayak Trip Reports.
Route description: Hairy Lake (on the Echimamish Rive) by float plane from Thompson, Hayes River junction, Hayes River features, Swampy Lake, return to Oxford Lake; flight to Thompson.
Title at source: H-02 Hayes River to Oxford Lake.
Ed note: If you use this information, please consider making a donation to Paddle Manitoba.
http://www.paddle.mb.ca/images/pdfs/rou ... ports6.pdf
This entry was written by Allan Jacobs.

Hayes River. Sea River Falls to York Factory. Online, Notes.
Source: Paddle Manitoba Canoe and Kayak Trip Reports.
Route description: Sea River Falls (Nelson River), Echimamish River features, Hayes River features, York Factory. Exit by flight to Gillam, then train.
Title at source: H-01 Hayes River to York Factory.
Ed note: If you use this information, please consider making a donation to Paddle Manitoba.
http://www.paddle.mb.ca/images/pdfs/rou ... ports6.pdf
This entry was written by Allan Jacobs.

Red Sucker River, Gods River and Hayes River. Island Lake to York Factory. Notes.
Gahlinger, Paul M. Northern Manitoba From Forest to Tundra. A Canoeing Guide and Wilderness Companion. G B Communications, Lucan (1995).
Chapter title: 12. Red Sucker River.
Route description: Island Lake settlement (scheduled flight?), Island Lake, Whiteway Island, portage to York Lake, York River, Duck Lake, Red Sucker Lake, Red Sucker features, Gods River junction and features, Hayes River junction and features, York Factory.
This entry was written by Allan Jacobs.

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Folder 7. Nelson basin and Hayes basin

Contents.
Route entries (Information entries are posted above) for the lake-rich area between the two rivers.
Many of these are on The Middle Track or segments of it.

Nelson River (Cross Lake), Hayes River, Gods Lake, Hayes River, Oxford Lake, Cross Lake. Notes.
Gahlinger, Paul M. Northern Manitoba From Forest to Tundra. A Canoeing Guide and Wilderness Companion. G B Communications, Lucan (1995).
Chapter title: 10. Gods Lake.
Route description: Cross Lake (Jenpeg, Rte 373), Nelson River (East Channel), Rte 374, Pipestone Lake, Echimamish River features, Hayes River features, Logan Lake, route unclear at Toporama, Hungry River, Aswapiswanan Lake, Mink River, Touchwood Lake, Vermilyea Lake, Namaykos Rapids, Gods Lake, Gods Lake Narrows, Bayly Bay, Bayly Lake, Wolf River, Fishing Eagle Lake, Knee Lake and Hayes River, Trout Falls, rapids (Wapatakosanik, Knife, Kiasokanowak and Kawepinikateekopasow), Back Lake, Wapow Narrows, Oxford House and Oxford Lake, Carrot Bay, Carrot River, Brogden Lake, Wakehao Lake, Ryne Creek confluence, 6 km portage, Walker Lake, Walker River, Cross Lake, Jenpeg.
This entry was written by Allan Jacobs.

Nelson River (Norway House), Hayes River, Hungry River, Gods Lake, Beaver Hill Lake, Island Lake, Bigstone Lake, Gunisao River, Norway House. Notes.
Gahlinger, Paul M. Northern Manitoba From Forest to Tundra. A Canoeing Guide and Wilderness Companion. G B Communications, Lucan (1995).
Chapter title: 9. Island Lake.
Route description: Norway House, Little Playgreen Lake, Nelson River, Sea River Falls, Carpenters Lake, Echimamish River features, Hayes River features, Logan Lake, route uncertain at Toporama , Hungry River, Aswapiswanan Lake, Mink River, Touchwood Lake, Vermilyea Lake, Namaykos Rapids, Gods Lake, Kanuchuan River and Rapids, Beaver Hill Lake, Waypapeekowin Rapids, White Deer Rapids, Goose Lake, up Island Lake River, Island Lake, Collins Bay, Akik Rapids and Mainland River, Pakeetapeekanik Rapids, Crow Narrows, Dobbs Lake, Long Rapids, Begg Lake, Pakwanchi Rapids, Pakwach Lake, Bigstone Lake, southwest to Gunisao Lake, Gunisao River features, Nelson River junction, Norway House.
This entry was written by Allan Jacobs.

Nelson River (Sea River Falls), Hayes River, Oxford Lake, Carrot River, Walker River, Cross Lake. Online, Journal.
Source: Canadian Canoe Routes, Manitoba Forum.
Author: Rappi.
Ed notes:
1. A segment lies on The Middle Track but not enough to be posted in that Section.
2. No details are provided, but the Route appears to be an interesting and imaginative one, well worth bringing to the attention of CCR's readers; the access and egress points, both accessible by road, are separated by less than 70 km.
Route description (assumed): Sea River Falls (Nelson River), Hayes River features, Oxford Lake, Carrot Bay, Carrot River features, Kapaspwaypanik Portage (~1.6 km)?, Kapaspwaypanik Lake, Walker Lake, Walker River, Cross Lake (Nelson River), Cross Lake settlement (road access).
Ed note: Photos are posted in CCR's Gallery.
Title at source: Hayes and Carrot River Loop.
http://www.myccr.com/SectionForums/view ... =7&t=31225
This entry was written by Allan Jacobs.

Norway House to York Factory; via Aswapiswanan Lake, Gods River and Hayes River. Journal, Photos.
Ed note: Not the usual route from Minnesota to York Factory, which continues straight down the Hayes from the Echimamish River; this one breaks away from the Hayes River (almost certainly at Logan Lake) and passes through Gods Lake before rejoining the Hayes. It lies well south of The Middle Track; because of the strong rapids on the Gods River, it was not likely used in the fur trade.
Sevareid, Eric. Canoeing with the Cree. Borealis Books, Minnesota Historical Society Press (2004). Ed note: First published in 1935.
Route description (condensed) : Minnesota River, Big Stone Lake, Red River, Lake Winnipeg, Berens River settlement; steamer to Warren’s Landing; Norway House, Echimamish River, Hayes River, Logan Lake (assumed), Hungry River (assumed), Aswapiswanan Lake, Touchwood Lake, Gods Lake, Gods River, Hayes River, York Factory.
This entry was written by Allan Jacobs.


ALLAN: Check Bérard.
Section. The Middle Track.
Ed note: The only significant online source of information that I found is the CCR thread at
http://www.myccr.com/phpbbforum/viewtop ... 13&t=32553
Reference for the book mentioned by paddlenorth regarding the Bigstone-Fox route to the Hayes.
Niemi, Judith and Barb Wieser. Rivers Running Free: A Century of Women's Canoeing Adventures. Seal Press (1997).
Ralph’s post of 8 January 2014 provides a description of the Upper Track and the Middle Track, based on the book
Morse, Eric W. Fur trade canoe routes of Canada / Then and now. National and Historical Parks Branch ((1971).
There follows some material paraphrased/excerpted from [i[Ralph[/i]’s post.
The Upper Track.
..., Sturgeon-weir River, up the Goose River, Athapapuskow Lake, Cranberry Portage, Grass River features, Nelson River junction at Split Lake. Ed note: I see several possible ways to reach Utik Lake from Split Lake.
ALLAN: Check Bérard.
The Middle Track.
“From below The Pas on the Saskatchewan, this route passed down the Summerberry River and up into Moose Lake; crossing a low divide, it went down the Minago River to Cross Lake on the Nelson. From the east end of Cross Lake, the “Middle Track” branched, one route passing north-east directly to Utik (Deer) Lake and down the Bigstone and Fox Rivers to the Hayes. Henday and Cocking used this route on their way west. The other branch passed east from Cross Lake through Walker Lake and Carrot River, joining the Hayes in Oxford Lake.”
From the same CCR thread, here are comments by Duane Lee, as posted by Paddle Power:
“... the Middle Track Rivers – The Bigstone and Fox – flowing just north of the Hayes, provide the modern canoeist with small river paddling, a remote wilderness experience, fun white water paddling, spectacular waterfalls and excellent walleye fishing and some spectacular boreal forest scenery.”
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Ancillary information.
Clearwater Lake Provincial Park.
http://www.gov.mb.ca/conservation/parks ... water.html
http://www.gov.mb.ca/conservation/parks ... _info.html
http://www.travelmanitoba.com/place-to- ... ater-lake/
http://www.travelmanitoba.com/listings/ ... Park/6826/
https://www.google.ca/search?q=Clearwat ... 66&bih=602
Cormorant National Forest.
http://www.gov.mb.ca/conservation/fores ... orests.pdf
Utik Lake.
Ed notes:
1. At Toporama, identical to Atik Lake, which is not recognised by Google.
2. A short portage leads to the Bigstone River, ~20 km below Bear Lake.
http://www.northhavenresort.ca/
https://www.google.ca/search?q=utik+lak ... 66&bih=602
This entry was written by Allan Jaobs.

Hayes River, Oxford Lake, Semple Lake, Bigstone River, Fox River, Kettle River, Nelson River at Gillam. Online, Notes, Photos.
Source: Keewaydin Way.
Ed note: On a segment of The Middle Track.
Author: Tim Nicholson.
Route description (lightly edited from the description at the source): Sea River Falls by road, Nelson River features, Echimamish River features, Hayes River features, Oxford House, Oxford Lake, up Semple River, Semple Lake, portage to Bear Lake (via California Lake?; resupply), Bigstone River features, Sipanigo River?, Fox River features (upstream), Atkinson Lake, portage to Kettle Lake, Kettle River features, Gillam.
Title at source: Hayes-Bigstone.
http://www.ottertooth.com/long_trips_files/trip_01C.htm
http://www.ottertooth.com/long_trips_fi ... _01C_2.htm
http://www.ottertooth.com/long_trips_fi ... _01C_3.htm
http://www.ottertooth.com/long_trips_fi ... _01C_4.htm
http://www.ottertooth.com/long_trips_fi ... _01C_5.htm
This entry was written by Allan Jacobs.

Nelson River (Cross Lake), Cotton Lake, Mahigan River, Bigstone River, Fox River, Kettle River, Nelson River, Gillam. Notes.
Gahlinger, Paul M. Northern Manitoba From Forest to Tundra. A Canoeing Guide and Wilderness Companion. G B Communications, Lucan (1995).
Chapter title: 11. York Factory.
Ed note: Part of The Middle Track, indeed an alternative to a segment of it.
Route description: Cross Lake (Jenpeg, Rte 373), Opastakow Narrows, Papaneepawakok Channel, Kapayakwak Portage?, Black Rabbit Lake, Cotton Lake, Mahigan River, Bear Lake, Bigstone River features, Fox River junction and features (upstream), Atkinson Lake, portage to Kettle Lake, Kettle River features, Nelson River junction, Gillam.
This entry was written by Allan Jacobs.

Nelson River (Cross Lake), Cotton Lake, Mihagan River, Bigstone River, Fox River, Hayes River, York Factory. Notes.
Gahlinger, Paul M. Northern Manitoba From Forest to Tundra. A Canoeing Guide and Wilderness Companion. G B Communications, Lucan (1995).
Chapter title: 11. York Factory.
Ed note: Part of The Middle Track, indeed an alternative to a segment of it.
Route description: Cross Lake (Jenpeg, Rte 373), Opastakow Narrows, Papaneepawakok Channel, Kapayakwak Portage?, Black Rabbit Lake, Cotton Lake, Mahigan River, Bear Lake, Bigstone River features, Fox River junction and features, Hayes River junction and features, York Factory; float plane to Gillam; or portage to Nelson River (best not paddle out into the Bay), up Nelson River, Prairie Point, Lower Limestone Rapids, Sundance and RR.
This entry was written by Allan Jacobs.

The Middle Track. The Pas to York Factory; via Clearwater Lake, Minago River, Cross Lake, Bigstone River and Hayes River. Guide.
Source: Manitoba Department of Natural Resources, Parks Branch.
Title: The Middle Track & Hayes River Route.
Author: Réal Bérard.
Route description: The Pas, Saskatchewan River, Big Eddy, Reader Lake, Clearwater Lake, Cormorant Lake, RR line, Little Cormorant Lake, Frog Creek, North Moose Lake, dam, South Moose Lake, East Narrows, Minago River features, across the Nelson River, Cross Lake settlement, Cross Lake, Opastakow Narrows, Kapayakwak Portage, Cotton Lake, Mahigan River? (ALLAN: Check), Bear Lake?, Bigstone River features, Fox River junction and features, Hayes River junction and features, York Factory.
Available for purchase at
http://www.canadamapsales.com/en/catalo ... index.html
The map is recommended to be used only in conjunction with topos.
This entry was written by Allan Jacobs.

The Middle Track. The Pas to Cross Lake. Notes.
Gahlinger, Paul M. Northern Manitoba From Forest to Tundra. A Canoeing Guide and Wilderness Companion. G B Communications, Lucan (1995).
Chapter title: 8. Minago River.
Route description (abbreviated): The Pas, Reader Lake, Clearwater Lake, Cormorant Lake, North Moose Lake, South Moose Lake, Minago River features, Cross Lake.
This entry was written by Allan Jacobs.

The Middle Track. Cross Lake, Bigstone River, Fox River, York Factory. Online, Journal, Photos.
Source: canoeing.com
Author: Duane Lee.
Route description: Cross Lake, “Mistisini Creek” (Mistasinni River?), height-of-land portage, Bigstone River features, Fox River junction and features, Hayes River junction and features, York Factory; float plane to Gillam, train to Wabowden.
Title at source: The Middle Track: The Bigstone - Fox - Hayes Rivers.
http://www.canoeing.com/rendezvous/trip ... 9_dlee.htm
This entry was written by Allan Jacobs.

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