Dokis First Nation sits at the far west of Lake Nipissing surrounded by the rushing waters of the mighty French River and the Lake Nipissing’s West arm. Papase Trail – pronounced “Puh puh se” the Ojibway word for woodpecker – is a wilderness hike that leads to the spectacular Five Finger Rapids, or Zoongininjii in Anishinaabek. According to AmazingPlaces.com Zoongininjii means Manitou’s strong hand, or simply “five fingers”. The rapids are created by five rocky “fingers”, which funnel the Little French into the lower French River.
The trailhead sign is on Old Graveyard Road and is fully marked in blue painted markers. The trail is minimally developed, approx. 18 km and is considered a moderate/hard trail. It has two campsites along the trail. A Trail Permit is required for this trail and can be purchased from Dokis First Nation.
Five Finger Rapids is also accessible by canoe offering a great camp spot for paddlers of the upper and middle French River.
Rules for Use
Respect the land
Trail Permit Required