Papase Trail

Dokis First Nation

Five Finger Rapids


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 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.

Ownership Dokis First Nation
Management Dokis First Nation
Length 18 km
Activities Hiking
Difficulty Moderate
Level of Development Minimally Developed

Rules for Use

Respect the land
Trail Permit Required

For More Information

Dokis First Nation
941 Main St, Dokis First Nation, ON P0M 2N1
Call (705)-763-2575

The vast network of trails we celebrate exist on the traditional lands and waterways of the Anishinaabe people within the territory protected by the Robinson Huron Treaty of 1850 and Williams Treaties of 1923.