Here are a few of the images we paddled into on our twelve-day exploration of the Pikitigushi River system from Cliff Lake down to Windigo Bay in Lake Nipigon, followed by our island-hopping route down to Echo Rock, and our paddle up the west shore of the Lake past Jackfish Island and into Wabinosh Bay and up the Wabinosh River to Waweig Lake. It was a route that had a bit of everything and lots of history to mull over.
The GPX file is in my Dropbox folder. Download it here – 2018 Nipigon Tracks. GPX
The weather was not the greatest and the wind made for extra work and worry – but looking at the pix, I think we were lucky to have made the journey! More details and maps – and images – to come in the following weeks.
de Havilland Beaver control panel
Cliff Lake – an aerial view from the north
Cliff Lake Campsite across from Dewdney’s Pictograph Site #264
a newly-constructed (since our last visit in 2013) bench on top of Pictograph Site #264
Dewdney’s site 119 – the moose image and smudges
passing by the Thunderbird at Site #262 at the south end of Cliff Lake
pictographs at the south end of Cliff Lake (site #262)
See the two posts below if you want to know more about the Cliff Lake pictographs. Few people know that the lake has one of the Canadian Shield’s most significant collections of Anishinaabe rock paintings.
The Pictographs of Wabakimi’s Cliff Lake -Part One: Selwyn Dewdney Takes Us on A Tour
The Pictographs of Wabakimi’s Cliff Lake – Part Two
abandoned cabin on Ratte Lake – our home for a night
The Bear Camp on the Pikitigushi – our tent is on the right
After the Bear Camp and our visit with the Boucher Bros., we would not see anyone for the next ten days as we paddled down the river and on Lake Nipigon. We also did not see any moose or woodland caribou or black bears; we did come across some paw prints on the various beaches we landed on. You will have to scroll down to the end of the post to see the one incredible display of nature we paddled into – a gathering of perhaps 150 pelicans at the bottom of a set of rapids.
deadfall on the lower Pikitigushi
lunch stop on the meandering Pikitigushi
We dealt with four major logjams on the lower Pikitigushi. None had a portage trail around them so we had to come up with solutions of our own!
“Houston, we have a problem!” – a logjam in need of a bypass
sandbar campsite on the lower Pikitigushi
checking out the last set of waterfalls on the Pikitigushi – above Mud River rail stop
Windigo Bay Lake Nipigon coming up – a cabin at the mouth of the Pikitigushi
Our tent spot on one of the Britannia Islands – 9 square meters of flat ground!
lunch stop on Billings Island
campsite on Geikie Island
Geikie Island campsite – another view
one of a hundred shots we took of the setting sun on Geikie
our campsite on the west side of Kelvin Island
approaching Echo Rock on a wet and cold – and windy – morning
getting close to Echo Rock Lake Nipigon
looking up to the top of Echo Rock
graffiti on Echo Rock
pelicans on Lake Nipigon
early morning on Wabinosh Lake
We spent some time on the shores of Wabinosh Lake looking for remains of a WWII German POW (Prisoner of War) camp. It was apparently on the west side of the Wabinosh River as it comes in from Waweig Lake. We would later learn that we were expecting to find something – the remains of an actual POW camp with barbed wire and everything else – that never actually existed!
WWII POW Camps in the Armstrong Station Area – The Real Story!
the Wabinosh River above the Highway 527 culvert
The following posts cover the various sections of our canoe trip down the Pikitigushi and on Lake Nipigon:
From Cliff Lake To Lake Nipigon: Logistics. Maps, and Day 1 – Cliff Lake
From Cliff Lake To Lake Nipigon: Days 2 & 3 – From Cliff Lake to The Bear Camp
From Cliff Lake To Lake Nipigon: Days 3, 4, &5 – From The Bear Camp To Windigo Bay
Island Hopping Lake Nipigon By Canoe From Windigo Bay To Echo Rock
Canoeing From Lake Nipigon’s Echo Rock To Waweig Lake