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Souvenirs

We can put our logo on virtually anything! If you're interested in buying a great keepsake or simply want 'official' bragging rights give us a call today. Our special feature is our logo with a "I done did the Dumoine" © caption on your unique item.

Paddlers's Corner

After winter break up, water levels on the rivers, may exceed their high-water mark by several feet for a short period of time. The levels gradually recede with normal spring rainfall and safe travel could commence by the second or third week in May.

This may fluctuate with the amount of seasonal rainfall and spring run-off, the volume and cold water temperatures may bump up the classifications of a rapid up a higher degree of challenge and risk.

Fishing

The walleye fishing is incredible - Quebec fishing license is required

Code of the Wilderness

  • All refuse should be packed OUT, keep in mind easier than packing them in. Food can be burned in the fire but plastics and other stuff OUT.
  • Fire pits should be built on bedrock or mineral soil, away from trees.
  • Keep your fires small, conserving wood, attending it at all times.
  • Collect firewood from the ground and along the shoreline, trees should not be defaced.
  • Do not leave anything in the fire pit.
  • Respect the fire hazard or restrictions that make open fires illegal - they are in place for everyone's safety.
  • Always leave a campsite cleaner than you found it, place a stack of firewood next to the fire pit for the next guests.
  • Shallow holes should be dug for latrines and filled in later; nature does not take care of this for us.
  • Respect the need for others when sharing campsites and portages.

Hap Wilson

DUMOINE RIVER EXPEDITIONS

Still revered as one of Canada's top whitewater play rivers, the Dumoine remains one of my favourite destinations. Twenty-five years ago I made my first descent of the river by way of the Kipawa, making it a two-week venture. I was soloing with a couple of friends who were in another cedar-canvas canoe. It was at that time that I had thought about doing my first whitewater river survey and the Dumoine was a perfect study. My first canoe guidebook - Temagami Canoe Routes - had been published and already in its third printing, but the book lacked any detailed information on rapids classification. River tripping was increasing in popularity, and the number of derelict canoes found wrapped around river boulders at gnarly rapids was increasing ten-fold. People needed to know what was up ahead, where the portages were, and a better assessment of which rapids could be run and which ones needed to be avoided. After my first trip down the Dumoine I stopped at Air Swisha, or Bradley Air Service, and talked with base manager Ron Bowes. He was already quite busy flying canoeists in to Lac Dumoine and other destination start-points along the river, and it was at that time I learned of the benefits of flying in.

That was 1984. A lot of time has passed and over 30 trips paddling down the Dumoine, with and without clients. Each time I paddle the river I see something new, or embark on another side journey, or plan it so I stay at a campsite I never stayed at before or lunch at a new site before dropping down a familiar rapid. And call it what you want, perhaps some kind of cosmic duality or the Zen of canoe tripping, but the river changes little through the millennia but we always see it differently, as if it chooses to offer something of itself if we choose to take the time to observe, as if "shapeshifting" its character or adding something to it for our benefit. I've been across Canada selecting the best canoe routes to write about, to try and protect, or to put in to my roster of client trips. And you know what? Nothing compares with the Dumoine; for its resident beauty, for its clean environs, for the quality of whitewater, and for its ability to sustain and provide the best experience throughout the paddling season. Even though economic times are tough - according to International eco-tourism statistics, the best value is in Nature Oriented outings and adventures.

Why Fly In?

Flying in to the several start-points along the Dumoine (and don't forget the neighbouring rivers, The Noire and Coulonge), is still a bargain. Environmentally, compared with hiring a shuttle van, a floatplane (in most cases) would use less fossil fuel to get you in. Vacation time is precious too, and shuttling in along questionable back-roads can eat up a lot of your trip schedule. Flying in gets you in quickly to the best locations and the trip itself is also part of the overall adventure. I love flying in too, looking out over the river in a different perspective, and my clients get excited when I point out particular rapids, assess the water level, and highlite Grand Chutes as our stay-over, rest day location.

My own company, www.eskakwa.ca will be running two scheduled trips down the Dumoine this year. If you have a group of three or more people, and want to customize a trip down the Dumoine, Coulonge or Noire river, give Daryl a call at Air Swisha, or Hap Wilson at Eskakwa - we'd be more than happy to customize a fly-in adventure with your group.