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Mattawa River Route

Canoe Trail

Location North Bay to Mattawa
Management Mattawa River Provincial Park
Length 58 km / 36 mi
Difficulty Lake Travel – moderate
River Travel – moderate
Portaging – easy to moderate
Remoteness – easy
Number of Portages 9 – 14 (depending on water levels)
Access Points there are access points from well-developed gravel roads all along the River’s south shore, and at Trout Lake

Topo Maps 1:50,000 scale

  • 31 L/07 – Mattawa
  • 31 L/06 – North Bay


The Mattawa River offers lake and river canoe trips that range from 1 to 4 days in length. There are 9 to 14 portages, all shorter than 500m, on this relatively short river. This route is suitable for visitors with limited canoe experience, but highly skilled canoeists will also enjoy this route by shooting some of the rapids. The river is navigable in both directions, though canoe trips generally commence upstream, and flow from west to east.

The Mattawa River is a non-operating provincial park known as the Mattawa River Provincial Park.

Directions (to Trout Lake)

From the HWY 11/17 junction near Seymour Street, head northwest on HWY 11/17, and turn right at Trout Lake Road. Turn right onto Lakeside Drive.

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