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Albany River Provincial Park Canoe Route - July 2012


On July 25, 2012 our group of 2 paddlers embarked on an 8 day canoe expedition through portions of the Albany River Provincial Park in Northwestern Ontario. The trip saw us navigate 49 sets of rapids over a 150km stretch of remote Northern Ontario wilderness. We encountered four water falls and we were required to traverse 5 of the 12 marked portages during our journey. This route offered us moderate whitewater paddling, excellent fishing opportunities, breathtaking scenery and complete solitude.

The first 50 km of the route experienced a significant forest fire in 2011, leaving large stands of burnt trees. Caution is needed when choosing tent locations and traversing portages, as without a doubt, much of the standing burned remains will topple in wind. The portion of the route north and northeast of the Misehkow River is excellent moose habitat, and we encountered 3 individuals. We relied on the gifts of mother earth for some of our sustenance requirements, and the Albany River offers excellent walleye, pike and speckled trout fishing opportunities.

The trip proved to be quite the adventure as we took an 800m swim after dumping in a substantial rapid, and at the end of the trip we waited 36 hours for our float plane pick-up, running dangerously low on fuel, food and with a failed water filter.

Itinerary Overview


We departed the Thunder Bay dispatch point on Wednesday July 25, 2012 at approximately 6:30 am EST. We traveled approximately 250 km west from Thunder Bay via Highway 11/17 west to Ignace, Ontario. From Ignace, we travelled another 250 km north on Highway 599 to our access point on Osnaburgh Lake. After dropping off my paddling partner and all of the equipment I traveled another 45 km north on Hwy 599 to Pickle Lake to rendez-vous with our outfitter for vehicle shuttle back south to the ingress point.

Key Documents & Files


The following key documents were developed through extensive research and consultation. They are a record of our experiences on the Albany River, at a time with unique water level, river and weather conditions. Use at your own risk.

Resources


Various sources of information about the Albany River Provincial Park

Comments  

 
#9 Ontario rivers I traveledRoman Kuzma 2017-04-25 00:24
I traveled the Moosonee in 1948 with one friend.and then we did did the Albany in 1950 i a 16 foot canoe.
The only maps were from the Forest Service. Very little details were availble.
It was a long blue line indicating the river line on a three-foot strip of paper. The Water falls were noted with a line across the river. No portages were noted.
Almost went over some of the falls!...we heard the falls and managed to get shore in time. We have some prints but water marks are on most.
No good photos or camera survived..but we did end up with some what damaged
The forest service asked if we say ant signs of anther two man party.
Although they checked in Moosonee...they seemed not to get to the Hudson Bay Post.
I’m at 90 yrs now.
roman
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#8 mrorson lee 2015-06-28 22:42
did that trip in 1959, started at sioux lookout on botsford lake took 2 months
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#7 Albany River FireBob Krueger 2014-03-28 02:15
Awesome post, we did the same trip but stopped at Achapi and got flown out, twice now, primarily just to fish. The first time we got caught in the middle of the fire... it was an unbelievable experience.
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#6 Glad to HelpKen 2014-01-27 01:13
Quoting Matt:
Excellent resource fellas! The details of your trips are of high quality. Right from the video of running rapids, to the pictures of campsites and portages, and the trip lists and itinerary as well. I'm planning my first trip to the Albany this summer, and this will make a huge difference. Planning on starting at Oz lake and paddling into Achapi lake for pick up. Hoping to find a couple specs!


Matt, glad you found the info, maps, GPS track and waypoints useful. All the best on your trip.

Rumour has it, that speckled trout can be found at the top of rapids in many locations along the Albany. We never truth tested this, and we didn't catch any specs, but fish were plentiful and we ate well as a result.
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#5 Great work!Matt 2014-01-26 16:27
Excellent resource fellas! The details of your trips are of high quality. Right from the video of running rapids, to the pictures of campsites and portages, and the trip lists and itinerary as well. I'm planning my first trip to the Albany this summer, and this will make a huge difference. Planning on starting at Oz lake and paddling into Achapi lake for pick up. Hoping to find a couple specs!
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#4 MapsKen 2013-12-27 02:23
Carlo,

I produced the river guide book, the maps that accompany it, and compiled all other information. I only completed research on the river from Osnaburgh Lake to our take out at Miminiska Lake.

There are a variety of other good sources out there, including the following index of resources:

myccr.com/.../...

If you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact me.
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#3 MapsCarlo 2013-12-26 04:42
Hey Guys,
I'm thinking about paddling the whole river with some friends in within the next few years so I'm looking up all the details now. I was wondering where you got the River Guide, and if it continues past the point where you guys flew out from. Any info would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you,
Carlo
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#2 KenNalgenes 2013-07-14 23:32
Quoting Corey:
Just wondering if you found two Nalgeens


Sorry Corey, we didn't find any nalgenes on along our travels in 2012. Perhaps at a portage we didn't use, or one where we didn't find the correct landing?
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#1 NalgeensCorey 2013-07-14 17:27
Hey guys!
I was on the exact same section of river just days before you. Just wondering if you found two Nalgeens clipped together at the beginning of one of the portages? I'd love to have them back. You know how Nalgeens have sentimental value.

Thanks,
Corey

Let me know.
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