The Kipawa River is a beautiful, fascinating, and pristine river
that blends clear lake paddling with the thrill of white water ranging from CI
to CIV. It has been a favourite of paddlers for many years; far less travelled
than other areas. The Kipawa River can be as rough as you want or as soft as you
would like. You can take the downstream leg of the Kipawa River for some prime
rapids or a smoother route across Lac Watson, enjoying the mixed-wood forested
banks. It is not uncommon to see moose, osprey, lynx, bear and deer.
route can be planned to either descend the Dumoine
River or stop off at one of our Dumoine
Lake Cottages for a well-deserved rest. After a couple of days of fishing
and relaxing a floatplane arrives to whisk you off to civilization.
Your adventure begins at our base when your canoes are
tied onto the floatplanes anticipating the flight to the ghost town of Hunters
Point. Fly-in is also available from our Kipawa
base, please call for more details.
|Drop Off Locations||Trip Length
|Hunters Point to Ottawa River|| ||14|
|Hunters Point to Lac Dumoine|| ||5|
is diverse and marshes provide excellent bird and wildlife viewing opportunities
on this route. The most part of the route is isolated but portages are easily
located and not difficult.
There are few campsites along
the way, but some of the small cove beaches can be used as makeshift campsites.
The Laurentian landscape surrounding the area also makes a great resting spot
for lunch, a swim or overnight.
Vehicles may be
left at our air bases in Rapids des Joachims (Swisha)
or Kipawa. Shuttle service is available
from our base at Swisha, to your take out point at the mouth of the Dumoine at
a cost of $50.00 per vehicle ; arrangements must to be made prior to your flight. Pick up service from your
take out point at the mouth of Dumoine River
to our base can be arranged.
For those paddling back to the air base from
the mouth of the Dumoine River, allow an extra
day of travel to Rapids des Joachims.
For decades the canoe camps from Lake Temagami would head their
canoes east to the Ottawa, to gain access to the headwaters of the fabled Dumoine
River, to run their cedar-canvas boats down the gnarly rapids with such provocative
names as Big Steel and Canoe-eater. My first trip was in 1986. I paddled solo
while two friends paddled their brand new cedar prospector. We flew in to Hunter's
Point from the village of Kipawa and headed east to the Kipawa
River. The Kipawa route is a bit of an oddity because you have to paddle both
down the river on one section, crossover through the Ruisseau Bog, and then paddle
up the Kipawa to gain access to Lac
Dumoine and the Dumoine River. This two-week
run is now a classic paddle and rated as one of the best trips in Canada. The
Dumoine River is also rated very high on the roster of trips-to-do in paddling
circles. The vertical drop of 500 feet over a distance of 70 kilometres is translated
into some pretty radical descents. But even with that intimidating temperament,
the Dumoine is a rather forgiving river. That's a good thing too because there
are certainly a fair share of novice paddlers who regularly get dumped along the
Note: Hap Wilson's new book, "The Cabin", is now available through
your local bookstore, or by ordering direct from Natural Heritage Publishers