Canoeing A WHITE River
Planning Logistics

by Donna Kurt

As with any information obtained from the Internet, this information must not be solely relied on without adequate investigation and verification of the journey by the user.
The author and other persons identified in this web site will not be held liable for any damage to any person or property resulting from the use of this information.

The author acknowledges the references for this information including map resources supplied by the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Parks Canada.

The following 1:50,000 scale topographical maps required for this trip are available from Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources (see address below):

Pokei Lake 42C/6
White River 42C/11
Cedar Lake 42C/12 and
Marathon 42D/9.

For the White River Canoe Route guide and map (ISBN 0-7729-6814-4) and current river and portage conditions write the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources at P.O. Box 1160, Wawa, Ontario P0S 1K0 or phone (705) 856-2396. Appropriate caution must be taken by paddlers, using suitable skills and equipment, because not all portages and rapids or their classes are marked on this map or the topographical maps. Natural Resources no longer clears the portage trails.

For more information on Pukaskwa National Park phone the Pukaskwa National Park Service at (807) 229-0801.

Overall, the majority of the White River's rapids are Class 2 and higher; the lower third of the river is primarily waterfalls requiring portaging.

Starting from the White Lake Provincial Park it is a 4-to-5 day 112 kilometer trip to Lake Superior.

Starting from Negwazu Lake it is a 7-to-8 day 192 kilometer trip. The White River can be run anytime during the ice-free season.

Campsites can be almost every 8 km along the river and on the lakes, although the number of established campsites is low because the White River is not an overcrowded canoe route. There are few good campsites from 6km upstream of the confluence of the White River and the Oskabakuta River down to the bridge below Umbata Falls so parties may travel further in one day than originally planned providing extra time along the lower part of the river where crowding may occur. During busier periods in the summer campsites may not be available along the White River near Chigamiwinigum Falls due to the intersection of the Coastal Hiking Trail with the White River Canoe Route. Park officials recommend canoeists use any of the 2 campsites on River Left above the Third Falls (P95 River Right) or the 2 campsites on River Left between the Third and Second Falls (P215 River Left); there are also 3 campsites accessible only by water downstream from Chigamiwinigum Falls (300 meters River Right opposite the end of the Chigamiwinigum Portage, 3.2km River Right and 3.5km River Left before the mouth of the White River) which are generally less used than those below the falls.

Filter or boil the river water to reduce the possibility of Beaver fever (Giardia Lamblia, protozoa that infects the intestinal tract of humans and other mammals).

We stored our food in large plastic canoe-tripping barrels and had no problems with bears at any of the campsites. MNR recommends hanging your food from the trees.

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