Paper copies of the Manigotogan River map are available for sale ($10 each) at the Manitoba Eco-Network office. View the map online.
The Manigotagan is a fun and challenging whitewater canoe route only a few hours north of Winnipeg, Manitoba’s capital and population centre. Its watershed drains an area of approximately 217 square kilometers or 22,000 hectares, most of which is located in Manitoba (the river originates in Woodland Caribou Park in North-Western Ontario), and discharges into Lake Winnipeg from the East. The most frequently paddled route is the 134 kilometres between Highway #314 and the community of Manigotagan at the mouth of Lake Winnipeg. This novice to intermediate canoe route takes between 5 and 7 days, although there are access points further downstream should you wish to shorten your trip (for more information regarding access points, see below). There are 32 beautiful waterfalls and rapids which range from Class I to Class IV depending on the water level. The longest portage is close to 450 metres, while the shortest is less than 20 metres long. Note that some rapids to not have a portage trail and must be run.
Landscapes along the River
The area between Highway #314 and Quesnel Lake is typical Canadian Shield country, boreal forest interspersed with marshy areas. This is part of Nopiming Provincial Park. You will need to cross 4 larger lakes (Long Lake, Manigotagan Lake, Quesnel Lake and Turtle Lake, some of which have cottages. The area downstream of Quesnel Lake is undeveloped (with the exception of Turtle Lake), but was largely burned in a forest fire in 1999. This part leads you through regrowth forest and marshy areas and belongs to the Manigotagan River Provincial Park.